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