I notice that the CSET forum has changed: it's now a forum on Teacher Testing, which should better serve everyone who ISN'T in California. It would be grand to get people treating the forum as a study source. It occurs to me to wonder, though: what tests are teachers taking in the various states? Let me get the ball rolling with the state I know best: For basic skills, California requires CBEST, the California Basic Educational Skills Test. It tests reading comprehension, basic math, and essay writing with 100 multiple choice questions and two essay prompts; the whole thing can be taken in four hours, or it can be taken in sections. There's a Web site, http://www.cbest.nesinc.com. To demonstrate subject area knowledge, California requires the CSET, California Subject Examinations for Teachers. Testing time is five hours. The multiple subject exam for elementary school tests reading, language, literature, history, science, math, human development, PE, and arts in three subtests that can be taken one at a time. The single subject exams for middle and high school are in specific subject areas; there are between two and four subtests per area, and most subtests combine multiple choice and written response items. A test taker can take one or two subtests at a time and still have all five hours. There's a Web site, http://www.cset.nesinc.com. To demonstrate ability to teach reading in elementary school, California requires the RICA, or Reading Instruction Competency Assessment, which combines multiple choice, short answer, and extended answer responses some of which involve analyzing case studies. There's a Web site, http://www.rica.nesinc.com. There are also exams of ability to handle culturally or linguistically diverse classrooms; for monolinguals, that requirement is now satisfied within a credential program, but a new test, the CTEL, is being developed for bilingual teachers. There's a Web site for that as well: I don't KNOW that it's http://ctel.nesinc.com, but if it isn't, the NES people let me down. There's a US Constitution knowledge requirement that can be satisfied by coursework or by passing any of several relatively short tests. And there are probably one or two more-or-less-optional tests I've missed. (See, I'm not a guru yet, just a mere addict.) So what's it like in your state?