Basic Skills

Basic Skills Requirement (BSR)

State of California Basic Skills Requirements

The Basic Skills Requirement for Credentialing became effective on February 1, 1983. At that time, passage of the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) had been the only method by which to meet this requirement. Additional options became available with the passage of Senate Bill 1209 in 2006. CBEST remains as one of the options. The law allows for some exemptions to the basic skills requirement.

Other Ways to Meet the Basic Skills Requirement

One option is to verify passage of a basic skills examination from another state. A photocopy of the score report or letter verifying passage of the examination must be submitted with the application packet. Passing scores remain valid indefinitely. Another option is to pass the appropriate CSET examination subtests. Under this option, an individual must pass the CSET: Writing Skills test plus ALL three subtests of CSET: Multiple Subjects.
See the CTC Exams website for more information.

Additionally, achieving minimum passing scores on the California State University (CSU) Early Assessment Program (EAP) (English and Mathematics sections) or the CSU Placement Examinations (English Placement Test [EPT] and Entry Level Mathematics [ELM]) are sufficient to meet the basic skills requirement.

Generally, there is no mixing and matching of different sections of examinations that satisfy the BSR. Candidates may not take part of one test option and part of another in order to meet the basic skills requirement; however, since the EAP and EPT/ELM examinations are linked for CSU admission and placement, the Commission will accept a combination of scores from the EAP and EPT/ELM Examinations to meet the BSR as long as the individual passes a section of English and a section for Mathematics.

Basic Skills Requirement for Employment

In addition to meeting the Basic Skills Requirement for credentialing purposes, BSR may also need to be met prior to employment in a certificated position.
Please see the California Education Code 44830 for more information.