So for the Berkeley DTE program application requirements, doesn’t it look like you have to take the CBEST and the Writing CSET?
Basic Skills Requirement (Required of all applicants to programs leading to a credential; 3 options for passing)
- Pass the CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test)
Web Site: www.cbest.nesinc.com (Applicants residing outside CA and OR may take CBEST after admission and arrival in CA.)
- Pass a Basic Skills Examination from Another State
- For DTE applicants only: Pass CSET Multiple Subjects Examinations plus CSET Writing Examination
I mean I did think it was strange (since most schools require either the Writing Skills CSET or the CBEST), but I signed up anyway and arranged to get a substitute for that test day. Well, it turns out that you don’t have to take the Writing Exam if you passed the CBEST. Furthermore, the last day to cancel the CSET tests was at the late registration deadline. Even though the CBEST allows you to cancel 24 hours in advance for a free refund, the CSET doesn’t do that. So, now I’m out $35 (which may now sound like a lot but… it is!).
At first, I felt frustrated since was it my fault? But then I suppose I should have inquired with the Berkeley GSE earlier…
Lesson for Future Applicants: If you want to be careful about your finances (or just your application in general), contact the Admissions Office with questions – even if it seems obvious. The sooner the better!
Honestly though, this is the only thing that comforts me. When your grass looks pretty dingy, just go look at the other, less green side! 🙂 Happy Applying!