Test Information

Test Summaries and Website Links

  • CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test)
    A basic skills exam is required for all new teachers and substitutes. There are various exams that will satisfy the basic skills exam; such as, CBEST, CSET for Multiple Subject plus Writing Skills, CSU Early Assessment Program, CSU Placement Exam, a CCTC approved basic skills exam from another State, SAT and ACT. See the Basic Skills Requirements leaflet for more information.

  • CTEL (California Teacher of English Learners)
    (Formerly CLAD/BCLAD: Cross-Cultural Language Acquisition and Development / Bilingual Cross-Cultural Language Acquisition Development). The English learner authorization is required for all teachers teaching English language development (ELD) to English language learners (ELL) or English as a second language (ESL) students.

  • CSET (California Subject Examinations for Teachers) 
    CSET will satisfy the subject matter requirements for teachers. CSET: Multiple Subjects and CSET: Single Subject exams administered.

  • RICA (Reading Instruction Competence Assessment) 
    RICA is required for Multiple Subject and Special Education Teachers

Test Registration and Preparation

You may click on the above links to access the website for each exam and obtain detailed test information including test schedules, how to prepare, online registration, and your test results.