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Department of Education

Test Information

Applications for the 2010-2011 academic year are now closed. Applications for 2011-2012 can be downloaded here.

Elementary Education credential candidates must pass all parts of the following tests by July 1st of the year they submit applications to the program:

1) Meet the Basic Skills Requirement. The Commission on Teacher Credentialing offers the following options:

A) CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills for Teachers), administered every other month. If you choose this route, you will need to pass CBEST on or before the June test date prior to admission to the program.

B) Passing the CSET: Writing Skills Test in addition to the Multiple Subjects CSET. The last acceptable test date is the May test date prior to admission to the program.

C)* Passing both the English and the Mathematics sections of the California State University (CSU) Early Assessment Program (EAP), showing status as "College Ready" or "Exempt" in each section

D)* Passing both the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM). The EPT passing score is 151 or higher. The current ELM passing score is 50 or higher, while the passing score for the ELM taken prior to March 2003 is 550 or higher.

*Please note: if you are interested in meeting the Basic Skills Requirement by EAP or ELM/EPT, please contact Diane Ryerson, Program Coordinator, before the application deadline for advising -- 707-826-5108. We strongly recommend passing either the CBEST or CSET: Writing Skills Test instead of using the placement test score option. You must complete one of the above options in full -- you may not mix and match pieces from different options.


2) Pass the CSET (California Subject Examination for Teachers) for multiple subjects administered alternate months for the the CBEST. Please be advised that not all CSET exam subjects will be offered on every test date, so it is wise to plan and register in advance.

*If you'd like some help preparing for the CSET, we offer test prep workshops FREE here at HSU! Click here for details and dates.

To be recommended to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for a Multiple Subjects Credential, candidates must also pass the RICA (Reading Instruction Competence Assessment) administered in February, April, June, August, and October. This exam can be taken before or during the credential year. A RICA preparation workshop is offered on the Saturday of the weekend before the April test date; for information, contact Dr. Larry Rice.


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