There are several advantages to getting your substitute teaching permit.
For one, you’ll have access to more substitute teaching opportunities — many assignments require permitted substitute teachers. Additionally, you’ll make more money — oftentimes, requests for permitted substitute teachers carry higher pay rates.
The easiest way to obtain your permit in California is with a qualifying SAT score. If you scored a 500 or higher in Critical Reading and 550 or higher in Math, you’ve satisfied the state’s basic skills requirement to receive your substitute teaching permit. (You can also satisfy the basic skills requirement in several other ways, including earning a passing score on the CBEST test.)
With a relatively quick phone call, the College Board (which administers the SAT test) can help you find those scores and get the official documentation you’ll need. You’ll then be well on your way toward receiving your permit!
An important note: You should ask the College Board to send your official scores to your place of residence; you’ll need this document when you apply for your permit.
First, call Customer Service (866-756-7346)
- Press 3 for score and score reporting
- Press 1 to get score
Have the following information ready:
- Your current name, date of birth, and address (you’ll get the scores sent to your place of residence)
- Credit card number and expiration date
- High school graduation month and year (if available)
- Name and address at the time you tested (if available)
- Social security number (if available)
- Test date and registration number (if available)
A College Board representative will ask for that information during your call.
Fees: $43, optional $31 rush delivery fee
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