- Course type: Self-paced
- Available Lessons: 24
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
Eligible for Certificate: Yes
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Course SummaryUse our fun course to revisit the topics you'll find on the reading portion of the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST). Earn the best possible score by watching our short video lessons. Our multiple-choice quizzes allow you to see how well you understand the material.
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You don't need to worry about preparing for the CBEST Reading exam when you have help from our easy-to-use test prep course. This mobile-friendly course contains reading-focused lessons and self-assessment tools to help monitor your progress as you get ready. If at any time you need assistance, our experts are available to answer any questions submitted through the Dashboard.
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Syllabus & Course Information
The questions on the reading part of the CBEST exam will measure your ability to determine the main idea and draw conclusions from an essay, a poem or a selection of prose. Our lessons on critical analysis, evaluating arguments and comprehension can help you to achieve this goal. This study guide has been designed to prepare you for the reading portion of the test. After studying, you could be able to:
- Outline critical literary analysis
- Evaluate arguments and reasoning
- Detail literary interpretation and meaning
- Explain literary terminology
- Identify reading comprehension strategies
- Discuss research and reference
The four chapters and 22 lessons in this study guide course are aligned with the knowledge and skills tested on the CBEST Reading exam. Before test day, see if you're ready by taking the lesson quizzes and chapter tests.
CBEST Reading Exam Information
The California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) exam is used to verify that all educators have basic math, reading and writing skills and is offered in computer-based and paper-based formats. The exam does not test an educator's ability to teach these subjects.
- Number of Questions: 50
- Question Type: multiple-choice questions
- Time Limit: 4 hours
- Exam Cost: $41
CBEST Reading Exam Breakdown
|CBEST Reading Exam Concept||Chapter Lessons|
|Critical Analysis & Evaluation||17|
|Comprehension & Research||5|
Preparing and Registering for the CBEST Writing Exam
Use this study guide to review what you already know about literary and reading comprehension or get comfortable with unfamiliar terms and topics. Each video lesson is devoted to a single topic and includes a handy self-assessment that can help you decide if you're ready to move on to the next chapter. Make sure that you know how to determine the main points of a reading selection and use context to discover the more subtle meaning of words. Find definitions and examples of major literary terms like cliché, euphemism, metonymy and synecdoche.
When you're ready for the CBEST, you can make an appointment for a computer-based exam, available Monday-Saturday during the year. Appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis to accommodate limited seating. You'll need to register in advance for a paper-based test, offered about six times a year. Test areas and centers are located throughout the state. Both tests require registration fees; computer-based exams have an additional service fee.
Scoring the Exam
Computer-based CBEST test scores are released within two weeks; paper-based test-takers can see how they did in three weeks. You'll need a combined score of 123 to pass the entire exam. Individual math, reading and writing sections require a passing score of 41. If examinees score below 37 on any of the three parts of the exam, they won't pass the CBEST. However, a score of 37 is acceptable if your overall score is higher than 123.
All of the questions found on the reading section of the CBEST will be based upon a given selection and require no additional information or knowledge. The selections may take the form of a graph, table or piece of prose and are based upon a variety of topics. Roughly 40 percent of the questions test your understanding of critical analysis and evaluative reasoning. Sixty percent are concerned with reading comprehension and research skills.
The questions will vary in terms of complexity and cover topics related to literary motifs and themes, figurative language and poetic mood. Use our lessons to enhance your knowledge of context and structural analysis to find clues as to the meaning of the passages and words. Prepare for questions related to critical analysis by watching videos that help you differentiate between fact and opinion, recognize the audience and authors' persuasive techniques, and identify phrases or sentences that support the main idea. An understanding of the differences between allusion and illusion, irony, paradoxes and similes are also required to do well in the CBEST exam. These are concepts you can quickly review in this course.
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