CA Basic Skills Requirements

Basic Skills Exam:  California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)


All students who want to become credentialed teachers in California must satisfy the California basic skills requirement to be eligible for a California credential. 


Alternative Basic Skills Exam Options



CSET Multiple Subjects plus Writing Skills

WGU recommends that only students pursuing a Preliminary Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential use this exam option.  You must register for these exams separately.

CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP)

You must achieve scores of “College Ready” or “Exempt” on both subtests.

CSU Placement Exams (EPT and ELM)

You must achieve an English score of 151 or above, and a Math score of 50 or above.

College Board SAT

You must achieve an English score of 500 or above and a Math score of 550 or above.


You must achieve an English score of 22 or above and a Math score of 23 or above.

College Board Advanced Placement Examinations (AP)

You may meet the English requirement by achieving a score of 3 or above on either the AP English Language and Composition exam OR the AP English Literature and Composition exam. 


You may meet the Math requirement by achieving a score of 3 or above on the AP Calculus AB exam OR the AP Calculus BC exam OR the AP Statistics exam.

Pass a Basic Skills Exam from Another State

Students who have already passed a Basic Skills Exam required for licensure in another state may take advantage of this option.  Refer to the Out-of-State Basic

Skills Examinations chart in the CTC’s Basic Skills Requirement leaflet for out of state exam requirements.


With the exception of the combination of subtests of the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) and the CSU Placement Exams (EPT and ELM), and the combination of qualifying scores from English and Math AP exams, subtests of different exam options may not be combined to meet the Basic Skills Requirement. 

To ensure that WGU receives your scores and can verify your eligibility for Demonstration Teaching (DT), please email a copy of your official score report to the Scores office at 


Visit these links for more important information:

Submitting SAT/ACT Scores to WGU
Submitting Exam Scores to WGU



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