Teacher Preparation Institute

CBEST & CSET Test Dates & Locations


Free CBEST Test Preparation Workshop for active TPI Students, TPI Alumni, and Current Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Fullerton and LaVerne University students (must have college email and ID) 

Teacher Preparation students should complete the CBEST test during their time here at Mt. SAC. Once passed, the certification is good for life.  The 4-hour Basic Skills test covers reading comprehension, math and essay writing. TPI recommends that students who have passed English 1A and Math 71 are prepared to pass this test.  TPI urges all future teachers to take the CBEST before transferring to a 4-year college.  Active TPI Members who attend the full workshop (both sessions) and pass the CBEST can apply for a one-time reimbursement from TPI for the test fee ($41).*

*Reimbursement only applies to paper-testing, not computerized.  

CBEST Workshop for Spring 2017 will be held as follows:**

  • Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: 
    Math Session with Professor Steve Lancaster
  • Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m: 
    Reading & Writing Session with Professor Margie Whalen 

**Note: Sign-ups must take place in person at the Teacher Preparation Institute (Bldg 26A, Rm 1610) at Mt. SAC.  There is a $20 refundable deposit per session (cash only and exact change) due at the time of sign up,¹ as well as a copy of your college student ID.

¹Refundable deposit is forfeited should the student not show to a session.


CBEST Test Dates & Locations:

Click on this CBEST link to find out the CBEST Test dates and locations.

Click on this CBEST Practice Test link to view/take a practice test.

CSET Test Preparation Workshop for Multiple Subjects

Free CSET Workshop for TPI Members & Member Almuni, and current (not alumuni) Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Fullerton & La Verne University Students (must have student email and ID)

Teacher Prep will be offering a free CSET Workshop for Multiple Subject Subtest I & II in Spring 2017. Each Subtest Workshop will meet once a
week for 3 hours. Prereqs apply. 

Subtest I: Language Arts & History
Five Thursdays 4-7 p.m. or 5-8 p.m.*
March 30-April 27, 2017

Subtest II: Math & Science
Five Thursdays 4-7 p.m. or 5-8 p.m.*
May 4-June 1, 2017

Applications can be obtained by emailing Veronica Baeza at vbaezaAT_mtsac.edu.  Application(s) must be submitted in person along with a copy of your student ID, ALL unofficial transcripts, and a $20 refundable deposit² to the TPI Center (26A-1610).

Application Submission Deadlines
Subtest I: Monday, March 20, 2017
Subtest II: Monday, April 24, 2017

NOTE: Teacher Prep does not offer single subject CSET workshops.

1Workshops are dependent on funds for 2016-2017 fiscal school year.  If funds are not available, TPI will not conduct a workshop for subtest I &II.

²$20 deposit will be refunded at last meeting session.

*Meeting time-frame is dependent on instructor, therefore students need to keep a 4-8p time-frame open in their schedule for these workshops.

What separates TPI's CSET workshop from others?

  • Workshop is free. Other colleges charge $150 and up for a full day workshop.
  • Teacher Prep instructors go over subject matter of CSET, not just test taking strategies, so that you will be better prepared to take the test.

Exclusive offer for active TPI Members only: attend all workshops, take the test, pass it, show TPI proof and get a one-time reimburement for subtest I and II ($99 ea)!