C-BASE (College Basic Academic Subjects Examination)

The administration dates for the 2017-2018 academic year:
  • Sunday, October 15, 2017
  • Sunday, February 18, 2018

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


To register for the exam, you may stop by the Academic Affairs Office located on the 2nd floor of Old Sem. If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Dopler at ext. 4119 or jdopler@cornellcollege.edu or Cindy Postler at ext. 4550 or cpostler@cornellcollege.edu


All fees will be processed through self-service. Here is a document with instructions on the payment process. You will receive a study booklet following registration payment.

  • $80.00 for Cornell College students taking the exam for the first time
  • $60.00 for Cornell College students re-taking all three sections
  • $20.00 per section Cornell College students are re-taking

 If you fall below ANY of the following individual test scores, you must re-take that test until you meet or exceed the minimum score:

  • Reading: 235
  •  Writing: 235
  •  Math: 235

Testing Procedures

The test 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 will be provided.  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: Russell Room, Thomas Commons


12:30 - 1: 00 p.m. Check-in
1:00 p.m. Testing begins (late arrivals will not be admitted)
1:15 p.m. Writing exercise
2:00 p.m. break
2:15 p.m. English and Math subject exams
3:45 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 2:00 and 2:15 p.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 Jessica Dopler or Cindy Postler 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