About This Chapter
CBEST Writing: Developing Ideas Chapter Summary
Prospective public school teachers taking the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) are required to write two essays. The lessons in this chapter are designed to help you write structured, well-thought-out pieces that will draw readers in and hold their attention. The chapter covers the following specific topics:
- Developing ideas in your writing
- Structuring an argument in your essay
- Engaging readers by choosing and developing an appeal
Objectives of the CBEST Writing: Developing Ideas Chapter
The California Basic Educational Skills Test assesses prospective teachers' basic proficiency in reading, mathematics and writing. Passing this exam is part of teacher credentialing requirements in California and Oregon. For the writing portion of the CBEST, test takers must write essays on a specified situation or statement, as well as a specific personal experience. Total time given for the exam, which also includes 50 multiple-choice questions in both reading and math, is four hours. A computer-based CBEST can be taken year-round, but only six dates are available each year for students who want to complete the test on paper.
We offer a handful of lessons that can help you assess your writing skills, in addition to providing techniques and tips for developing ideas in your writing. Each lesson has a self-assessment test, which you can take as many times as you'd like, along with a video presentation.
1. How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay
When you write a persuasive essay, it's important to think about how you'll construct your argument, from how you'll arrange your major points to how and where you'll refute opposing views. This video covers some of the basics for structuring an argument.
2. How to Engage Readers by Picking and Developing an Appeal
There are three types of appeals that you can use in your persuasive writing to make your arguments more effective. In this video, you'll learn about logical, ethical, and emotional appeals as well as how to use them.
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Other chapters within the CBEST Test Prep: Practice & Study Guide course
- About the CBEST Test
- CBEST Reading: Comprehension
- CBEST Reading: Vocabulary & Language
- CBEST Reading: Critical Analysis
- CBEST Reading: Evaluating Arguments
- CBEST Writing: Conventions of English
- 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