Test Prep

Listed below are some available test prep options for some of the CTC required assessments for the Credential Programs. Contact the Teacher Preparation Advising Center if you have any questions.


Free CBEST Online Preparation Course and Practice Tests

The Teacher Preparation Advising Center and Impact Teach Program sponsor a free online CBEST preparation course and practice test opportunities through Longsdale Publications.  This program is free of charge to students, and is designed to complement your own self-study for the exam.

To access the online course, please fill in the form with your information.  Once your request has been received, you will be emailed log-in information and an access code. 

Below are some resources to help in preparing for the CSET exam.

Teachers Test Prep - www.teacherstestprep.com

Free practice tests, study guides, live prep classes, one-on-one tutoring and online prep.

CSET Website Preparation Materials - ctcexams.nesinc.com

Click on the Prepare tab at the top of the page for full length sample tests and test guides.

The following websites have free or low cost online courses in the subject areas covered on the CSET exam. Use these websites to review specific content areas for the exam.

Khan Academy - www.khanacademy.org

Many subject areas covered in easy to understand video formats. Free

MIT OpenCourseWare - www.ocw.mit.edu

MIT offers many of the same lectures regularly presented on their campus free online.

Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative - www.oli.cmu.edu

Mixed media online course in STEM subject areas and some world languages. Some content may have fees associated.


The RICA Preparation Workshop is for CSULB students and alumni pursuing the Multiple Subject, Education Specialist or Urban Dual Credential Programs


The College of Education is offering a FREE RICA preparation workshop for CSULB Multiple Subject, Education Specialist or Urban Dual Credential current students and alumni preparing to take the RICA Examination.

RICA Preparation Workshops

Date Time   RSVP
Saturday November 4, 2023 10:00am   RSVP
Monday November 13, 2023 5:00pm   RSVP
Saturday December 02, 2023 10:00am   RSVP
Wednesday December 06, 2023 5:00pm   RSVP

Cracking the CalTPA

The Free Cracking the CalTPA Workshops are open the candidates currently student teaching in the Education Specialist, Multiple Subject, Single Subject and Urban Dual Credential Programs at CSULB.  The workshops give an overview of the CalTPA cycles as well as some tips and pointers to use when completing your assessment.   The CalTPA Cycle 1 & 2 workshops are only open to current CSULB student teachers. 

Notifications of the workshops will be sent to all active student teachers once dates are finalized each semester. 

CalTPA Tech Support Workshop

The CalTPA Tech Workshops assist students in clipping their video components for upload to the Pearson platform for CalTPA Cycle 1 and Cycle 2. Candidates should contact ced-tech@csulb.edu for an individual appointment for assistance. Be sure to bring your videos with you to the appointment for assistance in clipping and uploading.