SPED Required Exams & Prep Resources
Verification of the Basic Skills Requirement
Individuals may satisfy the basic skills requirement by mixing and matching the following methods ensuring they meet the proficiency requirement in all three areas: reading, writing, and math. Candidates should submit a "Verification of Basic Skills Requirement" form for review to email@example.com.
- Pass the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP - Mathematics and English)
- Pass the CSU Placement Examinations (ELM and EPT),
- ACT Scores
- SAT Scores
- AP Scores
- California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)
- Coursework: Courses must have been taken at a regionally accredited college or university for credit, passed with a grade of B- or better, be degree applicable, and be at least 3-semester units (or equivalent quarter units).
- For reading proficiency: a course in critical thinking, literature, philosophy, reading, rhetoric, or textual analysis.
- For writing proficiency: a course in composition, English, rhetoric, written communication, or writing.
- For mathematics proficiency: a course in algebra, geometry, mathematics, quantitative reasoning, or statistics.
|Examination||English Score Requirement||
Math Score Requirement
|CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP)||"College Ready" or "Exempt"||"College Ready" or "Exempt"|
|CSU Placement Exams (EPT and ELM)||151+||
|College Board SAT (taken after March 2016)||EBRW 560+||Math 570+|
|College Board SAT (taken before March 2016)||Reading 500+||Math 550+|
|College Board Advanced Placement Examinations (AP)||
A score of 3+ on one of the following:
-AP English Language & Composition
-AP English Literature & Composition
A score of 3+ on one of the following:
-AP Calculus AB
-AP Calculus BC
If you plan to mix & match exams and coursework, you must complete a "Verification of Basic Skills" form and submit it to the Credential Office at firstname.lastname@example.org for evaluation. Once approved a 41-BSR form will be returned to you providing verification of Basic Skills completion. Evaluations will be completed in the order they come in and will take 4-6 weeks to be returned to the submitter.
Find additional clarification and answers to commonly asked questions on our Basic Skills Requirement Completion Options FAQ document.
Verification of Subject Matter Competency
Individuals may satisfy the subject matter competency requirement by completing one of the following methods:
- Commission-Approved Subject Matter Waiver Program
- California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) - Successful passing of all the CSET subtests specific to your credential objective. See your program "Competency Requirements & Prep Resources" page for more details.
Holding a Bachelors or higher in an approved major - AB 130 expands the available options to allow candidates to meet the Subject Matter Requirement through successful completion of an academic major in the subject they will teach. Utilize the table below to determine eligibility.
Coursework - This option is not yet available per the CTC. Our site will be updated with processes as soon as we are able to process coursework evaluations.
- (See, AB-130 Coded Correspondence for additional information)
|education specialist Approved subject matter degrees||CSETS (Subtest test code)|
- Health Science
- Home Economics
- Industrial & Tech Education
- Liberal Studies
- Physical Education
- Science (Biology, Chemistry, Geoscience, Earth Science, Physics)
- Social Science
- Interdisciplinary major that includes coursework in the content areas identified in subdivision (b) of California Education Code section 44282. Interdisciplinary majors will require an evaluation.
|Multiple Subject Subtests I (101), II (214) & III (103)|
When to take these exams?
Applicants should plan to take their exam(s) as early as possible. To begin the program, the Basic Skills Requirement must be met. This requirement should be met by August 1st. Candidates (by State law) cannot be placed in EDUC 449 (Student Teaching) in Spring Quarter without having passed the Multiple Subject CSET.
- Pearson Exam Preparation Materials
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Test Prep Review - Test Prep Review contains prep material for many different CSET/CBEST tests and information on each of those tests. Below are links to practice tests.
Teachers Test Prep - Create an online account through Teachers Test Prep to take the online practice tests and get a complete diagnostic in the areas that you need to work on.
Union Test Prep - Union Test Prep contains practice tests, study guides, and flashcards for each section of the CBEST test
Reading Instruction Competency Assessment (RICA)
The purpose of the RICA is to ensure that California-trained candidates for Multiple Subject Teaching Credentials possess the knowledge and skills important for the provision of effective reading instruction to students. The RICA must be passed and results submitted to the Credential Office prior to being eligible for recommendation in early June. Candidates cannot be recommended for a credential without having passed the RICA.