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CBEST Reading Scoring Guide

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If you need to pass the CBEST to meet your career goals, you probably know that this exam has three sections: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Each section, including CBEST Reading, is critical to passing the CBEST as a whole. Therefore, it’s important to understand the scoring system of the CBEST Reading test and how it fits in with the CBEST overall. If you know what it takes to pass, you’ll be able to prepare more effectively.

To give you a leg up, this article will cover all you need to know about CBEST Reading exam scoring.

Overview of the CBEST Reading Scoring Guide

The multiple-choice questions on the CBEST Reading exam will assess your competence in the following skill areas:

  1.     Critical Analysis and Evaluation
  2.     Comprehension and Research Skills

The exam consists of 50 multiple-choice questions and has a time limit of 1 hour and 30 minutes. For more details on the structure of this test, take a look at our CBEST Reading exam overview.

How the Exam is Scored

The CBEST Reading test is scored by taking the sum of your correct answers and converting them to a scaled score that takes test difficulty into account.

There is no penalty for incorrect answers on this exam.

Passing Score

To pass the CBEST Reading exam, you must receive a scaled score of at least 41.

However, if your score is just below 41, you may still be able to pass the CBEST overall. Some test takers score high enough on Math and Writing that they are able to pass the CBEST with scores as low as 37 on Reading.

When Will You Get Your Score Report

If you take the CBEST Reading exam in person, you will receive preliminary scores upon completion. However, remote test takers will have to wait for their official score report to learn if they passed.

The official report should be released within two weeks. Visit the CTC website to find the exact day to expect your CBEST Reading scores. (Scroll down to “Test Results.”)

Understanding Your Score Report

Your CBEST Reading score report will show your overall score for the section. This ranges from 20 to 80, with 41 being the minimum score to pass.

The report will also reveal how you performed on the exam’s skill areas, as represented by a +, ++, +++, or ++++ (respectively: few or no questions answered correctly, some answered correctly, many answered correctly, most answered correctly).

If you did not pass the exam, you should find this score report helpful for future studying. By reviewing your performance on both skill areas, you can get a sense of where to focus as you prepare for a retake.

Retaking the Exam

If you don’t pass the CBEST Reading exam on your first try, you are allowed to retake it as many times as you wish. However, you must wait 45 days between each attempt.

Conclusion:

CBEST Reading exam scores play a key role in establishing your teaching career in California. Understanding how this test is scored and what is required to pass should help you prepare more effectively, maximizing your chances of success.

If you don’t pass the CBEST Reading exam on your first try, remember to take advantage of the detailed performance breakdown on your score report. This is an invaluable tool for identifying areas where you need improvement.

Even if your first try was unsuccessful, you should feel confident that you can pass the CBEST Reading test. With diligent study and a clear understanding of the exam, you’ll be well prepared for your next attempt.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the passing score for the CBEST Reading test? 

The passing score for the CBEST Reading exam is 41. The minimum score you can receive while still passing the CBEST overall is 37.

When will I receive my CBEST Reading score report? 

Your official score report will become available within two weeks. Visit the CTC website to find the day your CBEST Reading scores will be released. (Scroll down to “Test Results.”)

Do I need to get a specific score on each skill area of the CBEST Reading exam? 

No, you will receive one overall score for the exam. Score reports can reveal how you performed in each skill area, but this data is for informational purposes only.

If I fail the CBEST Reading test, am I allowed to retake it?

Yes, you are allowed to take the exam as many times as you wish. You must wait 45 days between each attempt.

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