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CBEST Mathematics Study Guide

ISBN Number: 978-1-68317-043-3

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What’s on the CBEST Mathematics Exam

The CBEST Mathematics exam is the basic skills examination teacher certification for California and Nevada. If you live in either one of these states, and want to become a teacher, you will need to take the CBEST.

Taking the CBEST Mathematics exam can be a daunting task.  Because its goal is to test your classroom readiness across the spectrum of content, it covers a lot of ground.  This breadth can make it hard to know how to prepare.  Luckily, if you understand how the test is organized and what it is testing, you will have no problem prepping for this test.  In order to cover everything, the exam is broken into three skill factors–which are further explained through descriptive statements.


Now that you have your test date set, you can turn to preparing for the exam itself. To begin, let’s look at the structure of the exam. The CBEST Mathematics exam consists of 50 multiple-choice questions. The test is administered via computer. Because of this, there can be a variety in the style of questions that are asked. You should expect to see three main types of questions: single-answer, stimulus-based, and cluster. You should expect most questions to require you simply to click an oval next to the correct answer. However, there may be questions that utilize the technology more. They may ask you to zoom in on details in a graphic or picture, click boxes next to all that apply, click on check boxes, click on parts of a graphic or sentence, use a drag and drop feature, or select your answer from a drop-down menu.

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You will have 4 hours to complete the 50 questions.


CBEST Mathematics

4 hours

Exam Skill Factors

Skill Factor 1: Estimation, Measurement, and Statistical Principles

-Understand and use standard units of length, temperature, weight, and capacity in the U.S. measurement system.

-Measure length and perimeter.

-Understand and use estimates of time to plan and achieve work-related objectives.

-Estimate the results of problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division prior to computation.

-Perform arithmetic operations with basic statistical data related to test scores (e.g., averages, ratios, proportions, and percentile scores).

-Understand basic principles of probability and predict likely outcomes based on data provided (e.g., estimate the likelihood that an event will occur).

-Interpret the meaning of standardized test scores (e.g., stanine scores, percentiles) to determine how individuals performed relative to other students.

Skill Factor 2: Computation and Problem Solving

-Add, subtract, multiply, and divide with whole numbers.

-Add and subtract with positive and negative numbers.

-Add, subtract, multiply, and divide with fractions, decimals, and percentages.

-Determine and perform necessary arithmetic operations to solve a practical mathematics problem (e.g., determine the total invoice cost for ordered supplies by multiplying quantity by unit price, summing all items).

-Solve simple algebraic problems (e.g., equations with one unknown).

-Determine whether enough information is given to solve a problem; identify the facts given in a problem.

-Recognize alternative mathematical methods of solving a problem.

Skill Factor 3: Numerical and Graphic Relationships

-Recognize relationships in numerical data (e.g., compute a percentage change from one year to the next).

-Recognize the position of numbers in relation to each other (e.g., 1/3 is between 1/4 and 1/2; -7<-4).

-Use the relations less than, greater than, or equal to, and their associated symbols to express a numerical relationship.

-Identify numbers, formulas, and mathematical expressions that are mathematically equivalent (e.g., 2/4 = 1/2, 1/4 = 25%).

-Understand and use rounding rules when solving problems.

-Understand and apply the meaning of logical connectives (e.g., and, or, if-then) and quantifiers (e.g., some, all, none).

-Identify or specify a missing entry from a table of data (e.g., subtotal).

-Use numerical information contained in tables, spreadsheets, and various kinds of graphs (e.g., bar, line, circle) to solve mathematics problems.

 Passing Scoring

Your score will be based on the number of questions you answer correctly. The passing score on each CBEST section is a scaled score of 41.  A total score(the sum of Reading, Mathematics, and Writing scaled scores) of 123 is required for passing status. It is possible to pass the CBEST with a scaled score on one or two sections as low as 37, provided that the total score is 123 or higher. It is not possible, however, to pass the CBEST if any section score is below 37, regardless of how high the total score may be.


The first step in getting yourself ready for this exam is to complete the registration.  The CBEST Mathematics exam is offered continuously throughout the year. However, it is important to register as soon as possible to make sure you get the date and location you want.  It is also a good idea to register early, so that you leave enough time for yourself to prepare.

Step 1

Log in to your account. First-time users will be required to create an account.
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Step 2

On the My Account homepage select Register to Test and follow the instructions provided.
During the registration process, you will be asked to:

  • choose a test program;
  • review the personal information entered when you created your account;
  • review and agree to testing rules;
  • acknowledge your intention to register for alternative testing arrangements (if applicable);
  • select the test, subtest(s), or test section(s);
  • designate institutions to receive your test results (Note: Only institutions designated during registration will automatically receive your test results.);
  • choose to have test results emailed to you;
  • answer background questions; and
  • submit payment using a credit, debit, or check card .

Step 3

After completing the registration process, you will be sent an email acknowledging that you have submitted a registration. Within one business day, you will be emailed an Authorization to Test. This Authorization to Test allows you to schedule a test appointment. Be sure to check the information on your Authorization to Test when you receive it. Notify Evaluation Systems immediately if any testing information needs to be corrected.

Your Authorization to Test is valid for one year from the date of issue. If you do not schedule a test appointment and take your test within one year, or withdraw your registration within one year, your authorization will expire, and you will receive no refund or credit of any kind.

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Follow the instructions on your Authorization to Test to schedule your test appointment. After you schedule your test appointment, you will be sent an email confirming your appointment and providing the address and phone number of the test center, as well as directions to the test center.

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