When it comes to the word ‘assessments’, people usually don’t pay it any heed or too much attention. After all, it’s ‘just an exam’ that you can take at your leisure and that the questions can mostly be answered with stock knowledge or with minimal effort, right?.
Unfortunately, this line of thinking can only do you more harm than good when you’re about to tackle the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST).
Every year, more and more aspiring and bright-eyed educators in the states of California and Oregon take CBEST practice test runs seriously because of the rising need to pass the exam the first time around.
While it may be different for you, know that some of these test-takers are likely to already have job arrangements, scheduled interviews, or are pending their CBEST exam results before they can be given the available position at their educational institution of choice.
As a result, it is imperative that they manage to pass the CBEST test on their first try. Apart from this, there are other reasons why you need to practice before test day.
- Retaking it WILL be costly
According to retakers, this is seen as the most important reason why you should take a CBEST practice test and hone your skills on it so that you can pass it the first time.
When you want to take the CBEST exam, you will have to pay a fee for either the pen-and-paper version or the computer-based test (CBT).
These are $41 and $102 respectively
Why is the CBT more expensive than the pen-and-paper test? This is because you will have to pay for a $61 service fee.
No matter which one you choose, it cannot be understated how costly it would be for you to retake the CBEST again and again. Sure, you do not need to pass all 3 sections of the exam in one sitting, but needing to pay $123 or $306 for three attempts can cripple you financially and psychologically in the long run.
As a result, don’t risk it, get as much practice as you can so that your first $41 or $102 can get your certificate.
- The math section can be very formidable
Math isn’t everyone’s forte, but despite this, you are expected to show a good grasp on it in the CBEST assessment.
Although some questions will focus on the four basic operations, many of them will require complex calculations and even a good understanding of statistical and graphical data.
Some questions will also revolve around needing to solve probabilities, percentiles, as well as needing to make or convert measurements from one system to another.
This is where CBEST practice tests come in handy because such resources not only contain them in their mock exams but a lot of them also offer to separate the subjects completely into bite-sized portions so that you can either learn them all at your own pace or just focus on the topics that you are not too familiar with.
Furthermore, these resources also provide the best way to tackle each subject, allowing you to answer them in a smaller amount of time compared to doing so the conventional way.
- The essay test is very technical
When you take the writing test of the CBEST, you will be made to write two essays, one being expressive, where you will have to share a personal experience relating to the provided topic, and the other being expository where you need to make an analytical argument confirming or opposing the topic.
Contrary to popular belief, writing a long essay will not guarantee you passing it, or even land you points.
In fact, trying to brute force the writing test by writing as much as you can on it can do you more harm than good.
Instead, your essay will be graded solely on a number of factors such as how relevant the examples or studies that you have provided to the topic, does it use perfect grammar and punctuation, is it well-structured, and is it to the point or contains little-to-no needless details or flowery language.
To make sure that you can pass this portion of the CBEST test, you will need to learn how to write essays that ‘fit the bill’.
In order to accommodate the diversity of beliefs and ideas, the proctors of the writing test are only allowed to grade you on how well you have written it, not because you like or hate the idea or have a unique take on it.
Using a CBEST assessment writing test guide, either online or through the help of a coach or a friend, you can actually get a lot, if not full points, on this section.
- You will need to do some time management
Like many tests out there in the world, the CBEST test contains a time limit.
All in all, you have 4 hours to complete the reading, writing, and math test, and it will be up to you on how to partition this amount of time on each of them.
To say the least, it would be a good idea to focus on the test that you think you have the best grasp on, allowing you to finish it immediately, then use the remaining time that you have on the ones that you are more likely to have troubles with.
By taking a CBEST practice test, you will be able to have first-hand experience on how to handle this, perhaps even allow yourself to create a plan of action so that you can pass all three sections of the exam itself on the first try.
For some, the essay writing test or the math test will be their greatest challenge either due to them needing to gather their thoughts and to revise their essay multiple times or because they need to make sure that their calculations are correct.
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