Course SummaryReview the topics you'll be tested on when you take the CBEST Test, including writing, reading and mathematics, with this professionally designed course. Use these video lessons and quizzes as a comprehensive, flexible study guide that can help you get the best score possible on the exam.
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California licensing agencies and schools use the CBEST Test, or the California Basic Educational Skills Test, to asses whether a test-taker is ready for teacher education programs, a credential or licensing. The test is available in a computer-based format or a paper-based format and covers three major categories: reading, writing, and mathematics. There are 50 multiple-choice questions in both the reading and mathematics sections, and the writing section is comprised of two timed essays.
|CBEST Reading: Comprehension||Learn about structure, inference, themes and motifs in a reading selection and how to summarize and paraphrase ideas within that selection.|
|CBEST Reading: Vocabulary & Language||Find out how to use context to determine meanings of words, learn about the difference between connotation and denotation, and discover how to identify different interpretations of words.|
|CBEST Reading: Critical Analysis||Discover how to analyze a literary passage, differentiate between facts and opinions and identify inconsistencies in points of view.|
|CBEST Reading: Evaluating Arguments||Get a grasp on how to compare and contrast ideas, evaluate reasoning, and challenge statements and opinions in a reading selection.|
|CBEST Reading: Research and Reference Skills||Learn how to read tables and graphs in reading selections, understand how a reading selection is organized, and use sections in a book to locate information.|
|CBEST Reading: Vocabulary & Language||Find out the differences between euphemisms, metaphors, synecdoche, metonymy and clichés.|
|CBEST Writing: Conventions of English||Learn how to proofread an essay for spelling and grammar, use the different parts of speech to vary your sentence structure, and write and identify parallel sentences.|
|CBEST Writing: Developing Ideas||Understand how to develop the ideas in your writing, structure an argument, and engage readers.|
|CBEST Writing: Focused Writing||Discover how to focus your essay and respond to the prompt, as well as how to write a thesis statement that will structure your essay.|
|CBEST Writing: Logic||Find out how to maintain a specific line of thought in your writing and use the body of your essay to support that line of thought.|
|CBEST Writing: Write with Clarity||Learn how to write a great essay quickly, write and use transition sentences, write a great argument, and how word choice and language set the tone of your essay.|
|CBEST Math: Arithmetic||Understand arithmetic with whole numbers and signed numbers, how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions, and learn how to change between decimals and percents.|
|CBEST Math: Basic Algebra||Find out the key concepts of algebra, like variables, algebraic expressions, and properties of algebraic expressions.|
|CBEST Math: Problem Solving||Discover how to identify facts given in a problem, determine if there's enough information to solve the problem, and find alternative methods to solving a math problem.|
|CBEST Math: Numerical Relationships||Learn about the different types of numbers, the number line, relationships in numerical data, and rounding rules.|
|CBEST Math: Graphical Relationships||Find out about categorical data, bar graphs, pie charts, and how to summarize data using tables, histograms, and line graphs.|
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The CBEST Test - Preparation and Registration
To help you prepare for the CBEST, we have dozens of short and engaging videos in each subject area of the test. The chapter on basic algebra will help you understand variables, expressions, and properties in algebra. Other chapters include arithmetic, problem solving, writing with clarity, and critical analysis. Every single lesson also includes a short quiz written by the instructors.
You can register for the CBEST through the CTC's website, for either a computer-based test or a paper-based test. Paper-based tests are less expensive at only $41 for registration (with additional fees for late or emergency registration), but are only offered six times a year. Computer-based tests are available year-round by appointment, but are more expensive at $102 for the combined testing fees. On the day of the test, make sure to bring one piece of current, government-issued identification printed in English, under the same name you registered. The ID must have your photograph and signature.
The CBEST Test - Scoring
If you're taking the test on a computer-based platform, unofficial test results for the reading and mathematics sections are available at the end of the test. Full test results are available within 14 days of testing. If you're taking the test on a paper-based platform, you'll have to wait 21 days before test results are available. When you register, you can indicate to which institutions you'd like to send your results. To pass the CBEST, test-takers must achieve a minimum score of 123 across all three sections scored together.
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