That doesn’t mean that you can’t -- or shouldn’t -- prepare for the CBEST. On the contrary, it means that you have to prepare all the more carefully, at the very least to ensure that you don’t take it for granted.
CBEST contains three types of tests:
The CBEST Reading Test examines critical analysis and evaluation, and comprehension and research.
The Mathematics test examines estimation, measurement and statistics; computation and problem-solving; and numerical and graphical relationships.
The Writing test lets you write about an experience to show your skills at written expression, and asks you to produce an expository piece that shows your ability to analyze and describe an argument. You’ll have half an hour for each essay.
Time management and the process of elimination will be important elements in getting the score you need to pass the CBEST and become a teacher.
Two Types of CBEST Questions, Two Types of Challenges
CBEST exam questions come in two forms: CBEST multiple-choice questions ask you to choose the best answer from five options. In these questions, it is important to remember that the best answer isn’t necessarily the only correct answer. You may find that two answers look correct but that one answer will be more correct than the other. (This also means that when two CBEST answers look the same, you’ve got a 50/50 chance of guessing the right one.)
CBEST Essay Questions ask you to produce two short essays. A pre-planned structure is the key to maxing these CBEST questions.