Ch 7: CBEST Writing: Developing Ideas

About This Chapter

Let us show you how to develop ideas in your writing. The video lessons and self-assessment quizzes in this chapter provide several approaches to help you pass the writing portion of the California Basic Educational Skills Test.

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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