California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET)

The California Subject Examinations for Teachers® (CSET®) have been developed by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for prospective teachers who choose to or are required to meet specific requirements for certification by taking examinations. For additional testing information go to

The California State Budget included the approval of the California Educator Exam and Performance Assessment fee waivers. This means that most California Educator Exam and Performance Assessment fees are now waived for eligible candidates as of July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023, or until funds are used. For candidates who register for an exam or performance assessment beginning July 1, 2022, refunds will be provided to eligible candidates at a future date, subject to approval by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. For more information about the waivers, eligible exams and individual eligibility requirements please visit the FAQ's posted here.

Basic Skills Requirement (Commonly referred to as the CBEST)

The State of California requires all credential candidates to verify basic skills proficiency in basic reading, mathematics, and writing skills through one of several ways. Please review the list of accepted methods for fulfilling the Basic Skills requirement by completing the Basic Skills requirement form.

As of February 2020, CalTeach/MAST students are eligible for up to THREE Math CSET tests or up to TWO Science CSET tests and the CBEST test if eligibility is met. Registering for the CSET and/or CBEST test can be done ONLY in person. No late fees or test retakes will be paid. Registering for the CSET test can be done ONLY in person. Please make an appointment with Susann Pinter at Please include "CSET test” and your name in the subject line.

Test must be taken either while enrolled as a UC Davis student after successfully passing CalTeach/MAST II (GEL/EDU 181) and/or CalTeach/MAST III (GEL/EDU 183) while a currently enrolled UC Davis student.