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Our curriculum team studies all of the standards and competencies for the CBEST Reading exam and cross-references them with the current and previous questions released by the official testing company. We then work with content and teaching experts to distill down what test-takers need to know. No matter where you are in the study guide, you can always see how the concept you are learning is aligned to the test standards.
We’ve taken the guesswork out of what to study. Our guides are aligned to the exact standards of the official CTC exam and structured so you build on the concepts you need to know. Use the “search” feature to see where any particular standard appears within the guide.
Study Guides are organized into learning modules and then smaller sections that include instructional content and videos, flash cards, and quizzes. Explanations are provided for each of the choices, so you understand why an answer is correct.
Each study guide comes equipped with full-length practice tests. Full of authentic and test-aligned questions, these practice tests mimic the test day experience to ensure you arrive on test day ready to pass!
50 multiple-choice questions with a 2 hours time limit.
$30 per section
(Candidates must register and pay for each section separately.)
To take the CBEST, you must present an original, government-issued, valid (non-expired) identification that has your photograph, full name, and signature. Make sure to bring the ID with you on the day of the test to the testing center. For most test-takers, a valid driver’s license or United States Passport is a valid ID.
By appointment, year-round, Monday through Saturday (excluding some holidays). Test appointments are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and seating is limited. You can check for availability appointments here.
Each CBEST section (math, reading, and writing) is graded on a scale from 20 to 80, with a scaled score of 41 to pass each section. To pass the entire test, you must score 123 or higher. It is possible to pass the CBEST with a scaled score on one or two sections as low as 37, provided that the total score is 123 or higher.
With over 60 years of combined teaching experience and advanced degrees, our education experts work countless hours to methodically evaluate the content and condense it down to test-aligned study guides guaranteed to help you pass.
Our exceptional Customer Care team is here to help you pass. We focus on providing the best possible customer experience. We are sincere in our goal to help test-takers who wish to become teachers. Our professionalism, patience, and people-first attitude are available to you by phone and email, allowing you to connect with us.
You may take restroom breaks during testing. Time taken for breaks is considered part of the available testing time.
To pass the CBEST Reading exam, you must first understand what is on the exam and what you will be expected to know. Once you identify areas of weakness, you can begin targeting those areas with instructional content and practice questions.
The full test takes 1.5 hours, but expect to be at the testing site longer. Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before your appointment time to get checked in.
According to the Annual Report on the Passing Rates of Commission-Approved Examinations from 2015-16 to 2019-20, the first-time passing rate for all three sections for the CBEST is about 82%.