Anyone aspiring to teach or work in the administration at a school in Oregon or California must first take and pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test, or CBEST. This also applies to those who desire only to be substitute teachers. To ensure that students receive a quality education, legislators mandated this test of future educators in order to see to it that all teachers possess a minimum level of knowledge in several areas.
The CBEST test was not designed to test how well a person is at teaching, or communicating material to students; its sole purpose is to make sure that the teachers have mastered the basics of subject material themselves. The test is given several times a year, and testing locations are situated all over both states. Those taking the test will receive their scores approximately one month after the test date.