Basic Skills Proficiency

The California Education Code and Title 5 Regulations specify that applicants for a credential, certificate, or permit to serve in the public schools of California must verify basic skills proficiency before the credential, certificate, or permit will be issued. California Lutheran University requires the exam to be passed prior to the first semester of clinical practice/practicum is to begin.

OPTIONS FOR MEETING THE BASIC SKILLS REQUIREMENT (Individuals may satisfy the basic skills requirement by one of the following methods):

1.Pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)

CBEST is administered by National Evaluation Systems, Inc.  Test schedules, test sites, registration, and other important information is available online at the CBEST web site.

2. Pass the CSET: Multiple Subjects Plus Writing Skills Exam

The CSET: Multiple Subjects exam has been modified, adding an assessment of basic writing skills. Passage of the CSET: Writing Skills exam (test #142) can be added to the passage of the CSET: Multiple Subjects exam (subtests #101, 214 & 103). This route will only satisfy Multiple Subjects credential requirements or Education Specialist programs.

3. Achieve Qualifiying Scores on the SAT or ACT

An individual having earned a score of 500 or higher on the English and 550 or higher on the Math portions of the SAT exam is determined to have met the requirement. An individual having earned a score of 22 or higher on the English and 23 or higher on the Math portions of the ACT exam is determined to have met the requirement.

4. College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations

Students who achieved a score of 3 or higher on the College Board AP English AND AP Calculus or AP Statistics may use these exam scores to meet the requirement.


For all public school teachers, counselors, and administrators, exemptions to this requirement are:

  • Renewal, reissuance, or upgrading of existing non-emergency credentials, certificates, or permits unless it is specifically indicated as a renewal requirement on the document
  • An additional credential, certificate, or permit to teach when the applicant holds a non-emergency California teaching credential which required a bachelor's degree

Official verification: A student will submit the original score report at the time of admission to the program to the Credential Office. This original will be scanned and returned promptly. It is important that candidates maintain all official documentation of exam results and other credential documentation for future verification purposes.