What is CBEST?

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California requires that you must demonstrate proficiency in basic reading, writing and mathematics skills in English by passing the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST). You must take the CBEST if any of the following conditions apply to you:
• You are applying for a first teaching credential or service credential.
• You are applying for the issuance or renewal of an Emergency Permit.
If you have not taught during the prior 39 months, regardless of the credential you hold.
You are applying for admission to a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) approved teacher preparation program.

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