University of Redlands

Basic Skills Requirement 

Students may satisfy the basic skills requirement by one of the following methods:

Pass the CBEST

Individuals only need to pass The California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) once; CBEST passing scores remain valid indefinitely for all credential and employment purposes. To pass the CBEST, one must obtain a minimum scaled score of 41 in each of the three sections—reading, writing, and mathematics. However, a score as low as 37 on an individual section is acceptable if the total scaled score is at least 123.

Any or all sections of the CBEST can be repeated as many times as necessary to obtain a passing score, but the full registration fee is charged for each test administration. See www.ctcexams.nesinc.com for more information.

Pass the CSET: Multiple Subjects plus Writing Skills Examination

The California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET): Multiple Subjects examination has been modified, adding an assessment of basic writing skills. Passage of the CSET: Writing Skills examination (test #142) can be added to passage of the CSET: Multiple Subjects Examination (subtests #101, 214, & 103) to meet the basic skills requirement. Passing exam scores used to meet the basic skills requirement only remain valid indefinitely.

See www.ctcexams.nesinc.com for more information.

Pass the CSU Early Assessment Program or the CSU Placement Examinations

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. Passing exam scores remain valid indefinitely for credential purposes. See Table below for passing scores.**

 

CSU EAP Placement Tests (taken in Spring of 11th grade)

 

Math

English

Early Assessment Program (EAP)

“College Ready” or “Exempt”

“College Ready” or “Exempt”

CSU Placement Tests

 

Math

English

Entry Level Math (ELM)

50*

 

English Placement Test (EPT)

 

151

* ELM tests taken prior to March 2002 required a minimum passing score of 550. 

** The English Placement Test (EPT) and Entry-Level Mathematics Exam (ELM) are no longer offered.

 

Achieve Qualifying Score on the SAT or ACT

Previously, individuals having earned a score of 500 or higher on the Critical Reading (previously Verbal) section of the SAT exam combined with a score of 550 or higher on the SAT Mathematics exam are determined to have met the basic skills requirement.

A restructuring of the SAT Suite of Assessments has adjusted the qualifying scores on the revised Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Mathematics examinations required to meet the basic skills requirement. The new scores listed have been deemed by the College Board as equivalent to the scores shown for the examinations as administered prior to this revision.

An individual having earned a score of 22 or higher on the ACT English exam combined with a score of 23 or higher on the ACT Mathematics exam is determined to have met the basic skills requirement. 

 See Table below:  

Examination

Math

Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

College Board SAT (taken after 2016)

570

560

 

Examination

Math

Critical Reading (or Verbal)

College Board SAT (taken before 2016)

550

500

 

Examination

Math

English

(ACT)

23

22

 

College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations

Students who achieve a score of 3 or higher on the College Board AP English exam and AP Calculus or AP Statistics exam may also use these exam scores to meet the basic skills requirement. The table below shows how the scores may be applied.

 

Examination

Math

English

College Board Advanced Placement Examinations

 

Score of 3 or above on one of the following:

·         AP Calculus AB

·         AP Calculus BC

·         AP Statistics

Score of 3 or above on one of the following:

·         AP English Language and Composition

·         AP English Literature and Composition

 

 

Pass a Basic Skills Examination from Another State

Basic skills examinations from other states are accepted. See the Out-of-State Basic Skills Examinations chart (page 5 of the pdf) for a listing of acceptable examinations from other states.

Mixing and matching of different exam sections will not satisfy the Basic Skills Requirement.