Santa Clara University

Liberal Studies program

Pre-Teaching Examinations 



The CBEST is required of all teachers in California. We recommend taking it in your first or second year of college. It tests math and literacy to a 10th grade level. Most SCU students pass it on the first try without studying or taking a prep course.

Check out this website for more information: http://www.cbest.nesinc.com/

The CSET is required of all elementary school teachers in California. We recommend taking it in your senior year or the summer after your senior year. It tests knowledge of all the subjects taught by elementary school teachers.

Check out this website for more information: http://www.cset.nesinc.com/

The requirement that elementary school teachers take the CSET exam is a result of federal education legislation, "No Child Left Behind" (NCLB).

To see a NCLB Teacher Toolkit, go to: http://www.ed.gov/teachers/nclbguide/nclb-teachers-toolkit.pdf

We recommend taking a CSET prep class and/or studying on your own. Here is a CSET prep site. We provide this link for your information only and do not endorse or recommend these programs:

http://www.bobrowtest.com/PrepSessions/CSET/Northern/index.htm

http://edschool.csuhayward.edu/Departments/TED/ted/cset-prep.html