CBEST – What You Need To Know About The Questions2020-09-16T16:36:43+00:00

CBEST - What You Need To Know About The Questions

The CBEST, or California Basic Educational Skills Test, assesses basic reading, mathematics, and writing skills. If you are seeking teaching certification in California, you will need to pass the CBEST. The following information is designed to help you do just that.

In this guide, we will provide you with everything you need to know about each of the three sections of the exam. We will walk you through the structure of the CBEST, providing you with details about the number and format of questions on each section of the exam. We will give you details about the types of questions on each section of the test, ensuring that you know all you need to know about the content tested in the multiple-choice and essay questions.

Finally, we will let you know about the best study resources for the CBEST and guide you toward all the tools you need to pass the exam.

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How many questions are on the CBEST?

First, let’s quickly review the structure of the CBEST. The CBEST consists of reading, mathematics, and writing sections that can be taken together or separately. The reading and math sections are composed of 50 multiple-choice questions each, and the writing section includes two short essays.

What kinds of questions are on the CBEST?

OK, now let’s talk about what kinds of questions you can expect to encounter on the CBEST. The reading section will test your comprehension, evaluation, analysis, and research skills by presenting questions based on written passages, tables, and graphs. The mathematics section will test your ability to solve mathematical word problems that involve estimation, measurement, statistics, and numerical and graphical relationships. And the writing section will test your ability to write effectively.

Are there any essay questions on the CBEST?

There are two short essay questions on the CBEST. One of the prompts asks you to analyze a situation or statement and the other asks you to write about a specific personal experience. Help with essay questions can be found on the Constructed Response Questions resource page.

What are the best resources for studying for the CBEST?

that you know the basics about the CBEST, it’s time to start studying! To get started with some basic preparation materials and additional details about the CBEST, you can visit the California Educator Credentialing Assessments site. And for additional practice, make sure to check out 240 Tutoring’s CBEST free test breakdown and timed diagnostic tests. 240 Tutoring also offers full study guides for both the reading and mathematics subtests.

240 Tutoring study guides come with a pass guarantee and are thoughtfully developed to best support your studying.

About the Author: Diane Gantenhammer
Diane is an ESL professional and founder of teacherdiane.com. With more than five million views on YouTube, her English content has helped students from all over the world to learn English. When not designing lesson content, Diane can be found caring for her two small children or trying to sleep!

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