The CBEST consists of three sections: Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. CBEST test specifications, including information about the skills eligible for testing in each section, are available on the CBEST website by selecting "Test Specifications."
Reading section (50 multiple-choice questions).
The questions in this section assess your ability to comprehend information presented in written passages, tables, and graphs. The materials used in the test will vary in level of difficulty and complexity and are drawn from a variety of fields. No questions require outside knowledge; all the questions are related to a particular passage and can be answered on the basis of information provided in the passage.
The Reading section questions are from two skill factors: (1) critical analysis and evaluation, and (2) comprehension and research skills. Approximately 40 percent of the questions from this section are drawn from the critical analysis and evaluation area, and approximately 60 percent are drawn from the comprehension and research skills area.
Mathematics section (50 multiple-choice questions).
The questions in this section require you to solve mathematical problems. Most of the questions are presented as word problems.
The Mathematics section questions are from three skill factors: (1) estimation, measurement, and statistical principles; (2) computation and problem solving; and (3) numerical and graphic relationships. Approximately 30 percent of the questions from this section are drawn from the estimation, measurement, and statistical principles area; approximately 35 percent are drawn from the computation and problem-solving area; and approximately 35 percent are drawn from the numerical and graphic relationships area.
Writing section (2 essay topics).
This section includes two writing topics that assess your ability to write effectively. You must respond to both topics. One topic asks you to analyze a given situation or statement; the other asks you to write about a specified personal experience. You are not expected to demonstrate any specialized knowledge in your responses.
CBEST Practice Test:
Subject matter requirements (SMRs) are the subject-specific knowledge, skills, and abilities required of entry-level high school teachers seeking a teaching credential or authorization. The SMRs specify the content that is to be taught in CTC-approved subject matter preparation programs and that is eligible for assessment on the CSET.
Links to CSET subject matter requirements, in PDF format, are provided below.
- Multiple Subjects
- Health Science
- Home Economics
- Industrial and Technology Education
- Languages Other Than English
- Languages Other Than English?merican Sign Language (ASL)
- Languages Other Than English?ebrew, Italian, and Portuguese
- Physical Education
- Preliminary Educational Technology
- Social Science