CBEST & CSET Information and Resources

In order to obtain a teaching credential in the state of California all students must prove they meet two requirements:

1) Basic Skills: acknowledges the ability to understand basic reading, math and writing, and

2) Subject Matter Competency: acknowledges understanding of the subject one intends to teach

Both requirements must generally be met prior to admission to the CSUF Credential Programs. Due to COVID-19 and test cancellations, students may be able to begin a credential program without completing these requirements. However, these must be met in order to receive a California teaching credential. Please refer to program admission websites for more details.


Basic Skills Requirement

The Basic Skills RequirementPDF File (BSR) can be met 8 different ways, including passing the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST). Please refer to the flyer below for more information about how to meet the BSR requirement.

How to Meet the Basic Skills RequirementPDF File

If you need to take the CBEST, please refer to the flyer below for test information:

CBEST 2020-2021 Registration InformationPDF File


Subject Matter Competency requirement

There are two ways to meet the subject matter competency requirement:

1) Complete a state-approved subject matter preparation program (SMPP). More information about this option can be found on the Subject Matter Preparation Programs, or

2) Pass the state-approved subject matter exam known as the California Subject Exams for Teachers (CSET)


CBEST & CSET Preparation Resources

Students who need to take the CBEST and/or CSET may utilize the following resources to prepare for these exams.

Digital Library

Due to the temporary office closure this year, the Center for Careers in Teaching has purchased a digital library so that students can access study materials in electronic formats for the CBEST and CSET exams. Please complete the CBEST & CSET Digital Library request form to request access during the 2020-2021 academic year. All requests will be considered, however, we have limited access so priority will be given to students intending to enter a high-need credential program (Special Ed, Math, Science or World languages) and to those who intend to take any tests during the 2020-2021 academic year in order to meet credential program admission deadlines.

Additional Study Materials

CBEST Test Prep CSET Math Subtests I, II and III Practice Tests
Free Online CBEST Preparation Course CSET Study Guides Teachers Test Prep
Free Study Guides for CBEST Free Interactive Math Online Course  
 YouTube CBEST Math Teaching Solutions  
  UCI Free Online Courses   (type CSET in search engine)  
  YouTube playlist for Multiple Subject subtest I  
  YouTube playlist for Multiple Subject subtest II  
  YouTube playlist for Multiple Subject subtest III  
  YouTube channel for   history   and   science