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C-BASE (College Basic Academic Subjects Examination)

The administration dates for the 2019 – 2020 academic year:

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Saturday, May 9, 2020

*Please note: On Sunday, October 20, 2019, the check-in will be 1:00 p.m. The testing should conclude by 4:15 p.m.

** Dates are subject to change. Any changes will be posted as needed.**


To register for the exam, download and mail the 2019-20 C-Base Registration Form  to Terry Trunnell. If you have any questions, please contact Terry Trunnell (515-961-1797 or terry.trunnell@simpson.edu ).

Fees (effective August 1, 2006)

  • $40.00 for non-Simpson students and students taking the exam for the first time
  • $20.00 for Simpson College students re-taking all three sections
  • $15.00 for Simpson College students re-taking the English and writing sections only
  • $10.00 for Simpson College students re-taking the Math section only

Testing Procedures

The complete test battery includes a 40-minute writing exercise and a multiple-choice component divided into two subjects, English and mathematics. Each subject area of CBASE takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. If you are taking the writing assignment, a short break will be given before the multiple-choice section.

You should arrive at the test site 20-30 minutes prior to the testing time. Late arrivals will not be admitted. At the test site, the proctor asks all students to sign in and to present a current picture identification for verification. Food and beverages are not allowed during the administration of the test.

Calculators are not provided, but you may use your own hand-held, non-printing, four or six function calculator during the examination. Allowable calculators may include a limited memory function which will store one to three numbers after it is turned off. Any student who wishes to use a calculator should bring one, but students not using calculators will not be disadvantaged. Students are not allowed to share calculators or use any other material not provided with the exam.

During the multiple-choice sections, you may answer questions in any order you choose, and you may return to any section in the multiple-choice part of the exam during the testing period. However, try to proceed methodically so you decrease the possibility of recording an answer in the wrong place in the answer booklet.

CBASE does not penalize you for guessing. Every correct answer counts toward your scores, so you should try to answer every question. An informed guess is better than no answer. In each case, read the question and all of the options carefully before selecting your response, but try not to spend too much time on any one question. During the test, the examiner will periodically post the time remaining.

Location of Testing: Jordan Lecture Hall, Carver Science Building


9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Check-in
9:30 a.m. Testing begins (late arrivals will not be admitted)
9:45 a.m. Writing exercise
10:30 a.m. break
10:40 a.m. English and Math subject exams
12:30 p.m. Testing ends


NOTE: If you are retaking the English and/or math subject exam(s) only, you may arrive at the test center between 10:15 and 10:30 a.m. You will be admitted into the testing room once the rest of the students finish the writing exercise and the break has begun. Please discuss this further with Terry Trunnell if this situation applies to your registration.


Preparing for the CBASE

If you have more questions about the C-BASE, you may review the following guide and information provided by the Assessment Resource Center at the University of Missouri.

ARC (Assessment Resource Center) – University of Missouri