About This Chapter
CBEST Reading: Comprehension Chapter Summary
If you're preparing for the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) you might want to brush up on your reading comprehension skills with these video lessons. These lessons can teach you to determine the meaning of figurative and colloquial language in reading selections. You'll also learn to draw conclusions and generalizations from what you've read. Specific topics covered in this chapter include:
- Determining the sequence of events or steps in a process
- Weighing options of interpretation
- Summarizing and paraphrasing ideas in a reading selection
- Understanding inference
- Drawing inference of figurative language and mood in poetry
- Recognizing implied relationships in a reading selection
- Inferring the main idea in fiction
- Interpreting the main idea and theme of prose
Objectives of the CBEST Reading: Comprehension Chapter
If you want to work as a K-12 teacher at a public school in California or Oregon, you'll need to pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test. This 3-part test measures basic proficiency in reading, mathematics and writing. The reading portion of the exam consists of 50 multiple-choice questions and gauges your critical analysis and evaluation skills as well as your comprehension and research abilities. The latter makes up nearly 60% of the CBEST reading section.
Our video lessons on reading comprehension each feature a self-assessment quiz and a video. It can be helpful to take the quiz first to identify any weak spots in your comprehension skills. Then, after watching the video, take the quiz again to see if your ability level has improved.
1. What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?
In this lesson, we will define the role of structure in literature. From there, we will look at the different ways to structure fiction and how it affects the meaning.
2. Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation
In this lesson, we will discuss how to find and interpret literary meaning in writings. The lesson will focus on using the text to find key elements to guide your interpretation.
3. What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning
In this lesson, we will define the terms inference and intended meaning. We will then discuss what steps to take when making inferences in literature.
4. Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension
In this lesson, we learn quick rules of getting the 'gist' or point of a sentence, paragraph and essay. This skill will improve your reading speed and help you become a more effective and efficient reader and writer.
5. What Are Literary Motifs? - Definition & Examples
In this lesson, you will learn about how writers use themes in works of literature as a way to explore universal ideas like love and war. You will also explore motifs, or repeating objects and ideas, which can contribute to theme.
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Other chapters within the CBEST Test Prep: Practice & Study Guide course
- About the CBEST Test
- CBEST Reading: Vocabulary & Language
- CBEST Reading: Critical Analysis
- CBEST Reading: Evaluating Arguments
- CBEST Writing: Conventions of English
- CBEST Writing: Developing Ideas
- CBEST Writing: Focused Writing
- CBEST Writing: Write with Clarity
- CBEST Math: Arithmetic
- CBEST Math: Basic Algebra
- CBEST Math: Numerical Relationships
- CBEST Math: Graphical Relationships
- CBEST Test Prep Flashcards