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CBEST (Cliffs Test Prep) [Paperback]

By Jerry Bobrow Ph.D. (Author)
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Pages   448
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.86" Width: 8.24" Height: 1.14"
Weight:   1.56 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 30, 2000
Publisher   Cliffs Notes
ISBN  0764586084  
EAN  9780764586088  
UPC  785555026667  

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The CliffsTestPrep series offers full-length practice exams that simulate the real tests; proven test-taking strategies to increase your chances at doing well; and thorough review exercises to help fill in any knowledge gaps.

CliffsTestPrep CBEST, 6th Edition, can help you prepare for the California Basic Education Skills Test, a requirement for obtaining teaching credentials in California and Oregon. The test is based on the theory that teachers should be able to use the same skills taught to students -- skills essential to students both in the classroom and outside school. Inside this test prep tool, you'll find

  • Full-length practice tests with answers and complete explanations
  • Analysis of all exam subject areas
  • An assessment mini-test to gauge a candidate's strengths and weaknesses with the various test sections
  • Introduction to the format and scoring of the exam, overall strategies for answering multiple-choice questions, and questions commonly asked about CBEST
  • A list of last-minute test-taking tips.

This book will help you understand the types of questions that will test your knowledge in three general subjects: reading, mathematics, and writing. You can get ready to show what you know in areas such as

  • Basic math and algebra, including whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, and simple equations
  • Practical applications of arithmetic operations, such as invoices, unit cost, and totals.
  • Standard units in the U.S. measurement system
  • Reading comprehension with emphasis on interpreting and analyzing passages
  • Essay writing in a descriptive/narrative form that draws from personal experience
  • Original writing in an analytical/expository essay that calls for explaining an issue, problem, or quotation and relating a well-supported personal opinion on the subject

With guidance from the CliffsTestPrep series, you'll feel at home in any standardized-test environment!

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jerry Bobrow is Executive Director of Bobrow Test Preparation Services and conducts programs at colleges, universities and law shools. His services have been requested by state boards of education, teachers' associations, universities and school districts throughout the country. He is the author of over 20 test preparation books used nationwide.

Jerry Bobrow currently resides in the state of California.

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CBEST Cliffs Test Prep from the reading company  May 29, 2008
My comment is only for from the reading company.
I needed to work on the math. They said there were some pencil marks.
Actually, all the math programs had been worked out where the choices
were, making the book worthless.

A complaint to the company said that it said there were some pencil marks.
Good resource for math prep!  Dec 30, 2007
If you want to pass the math section in particular, the Cliffs CBEST prep is excellent to give you a quick, clear, and concise review of all the formulas and math concepts that you've forgotten over the years. The practice tests are very close to the actual test. You should couple this resource with the math practice tests on the CBEST website, which are closest to what is really on the test. I passed the CBEST the first time focusing on these two resources only days before the test (I had become so frustrated with Kaplan's confusing math review. Do not buy that book to review for the math section, is it WAY TOO in depth and covers things you do not need to know! And yes, geometry is NOT on the test!) I hope this helps all of my fellow aspiring teachers out there, especially those who are as bad in math as I am. Good luck!
Only book you need to buy!  Jul 10, 2007
I had this book shipped to me less than a week before the exam, and this is the only book I used to study for the test. I passed with a 183, and read this book front to back (more or less) in the few days before the exam. The example questions and answers are throughly explained, and are particularly helpful for the math section (if you're like me, and haven't taken a math class in many years).

The only tip I have for anyone taking the CBEST, is to brush up on your conversion charts for math--(i.e. how many feet in a mile, how many pints in a gallon...etc. etc.) there were a couple of questions along those lines, that I just couldn't remember!

Now, onto taking the CSET this September...any useful information anyone can offer me??! ha ha ha.
read this before buying CBEST guides...  Jun 17, 2007

I took the CBEST yesterday morning (06/16/07)and have several observations and suggestions which not only do I hope you'll find helpful but with any luck can save you some time and grief. I purchased four review books. The Princeton Review's Cracking the CBEST (2002)," Cliff's Testprep "CBEST, 6th Edition,(2000)" Learning Express' "The Complete Preparation Guide CBEST (2006)," and Barron's "How to Prepare for the CBEST (2001)." Additionally, I purchased one on-line guide and began receiving emails with "tips of the day" from another. Neither on-line guide was helpful in the least and I would caution you to stay away from them no matter how luring their websites are.

Now onto the test (and then I'll come back to the guidebooks). The test, as I'm sure you're aware is divided into three sections: Reading, math and a writing portion in which you're asked to write two essays.

Let's start with the math. If you go to the official CBEST website they will tell you specifically what you need to know in order to pass this part of the exam. There is no geometry (apparently there was a law suit several years ago and the math portion was made easier) and the algebra on the test is beginner stuff. About the most difficult algebra question went something like this: 10y - 36 + 4y - 6 + y = 3. What's the value of y? Most of the questions are basic math and if I can do them, so can you!

With the exception of The Princeton Review's "Cracking the CBEST," all the guidebooks, when it came to math, were significantly more difficult than you need to know. The biggest offender of this was Learning Express' "The Complete Preparation Guide CBEST" which included very high level math and was poorly written and filled with mistakes. The book also comes with a CD of practice tests but the tests on the CD are nothing more than the same questions from the text in a different order. DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK -- YOU'VE BEEN WARNED. In fact we should all stay away from Learning Express' books; after all, as consumers all we can do to send a message to those who try and rip us off is to boycott their products. Enough said...

Barron's "How to Prepare for the CBEST" math sections was also more difficult than it needed to be. Additionally they do something that never seems to appear on the actual test. Very often their "choice E" will be "none of the above." I still haven't run into none of the above on any actual CBEST test. I also had an older version of this text and when I compared the two I found almost no difference which I felt odd since between the two publications the test has changed.

Cliff's TestPrep's "CBEST (6th Edition) should be the best of the bunch based on the entire line of Cliff's books but while this one is pretty good it's not great. Again, they're not up to date on what's really necessary to learn with regard to the math section, also taking the reader deeper into math than the test taker will ever need to pass the CBEST. But as one of your guides, I do recommend this one but do your own editing with too complex math problems.

The best of the bunch (for math) was The Princeton Review's "Cracking the CBEST." In fact on page 7 the authors explain how the CBEST has changed recently. For math, this book is excellent. Enough said.

A suggestion to make this experience a bit easier is first go to the CBEST site, read about the specifications but DON'T TAKE THE PRACTICE TEST YET. Use this guide (Princeton's) first and take their practice tests. When you feel you're ready take the official CBEST Practice Test (which you'll find is very close to the actual test), see how you do and what you still need to review. Sadly, CBEST only offers one practice test.

READING: First of all, the CBEST passages are reading comprehension and they're short. Think about it, you only have four hours to answer 50 math questions, 50 reading questions and write two essays. There's simply not enough time for long reading passages. The CBEST Reading practice test is a realistic example of the length of the passages.

Barron's "How to Prepare for the CBEST" was pretty good (not great) with their reading section prep. Cliff's TestPrep was also good and I thought some of their suggestions and study strategies were very good. Princeton Review's "Cracking the CBEST" reading section was very good and they have a section called "How to Crack It" which was very helpful in their breaking down of the different types of reading questions.

Learning Express' "The Complete Preparation Guide CBEST" was sloppy. One of the questions asked about something that wasn't mentioned and there were several mistakes.

For the Writing portion I recommend both Cliff's TestPrep and The Princeton Review's "Cracking the CBEST." They both give some good tips and sample essays. Princeton has a template you can follow for your essay which was helpful. The one frustrating aspect of their writing section was they only had the opening paragraph of their sample essay when it would have been helpful to have the entire sample essay to review.

One suggestion is to practice writing essays in short periods of time. By the way most of the sample questions I've run into in these guides are pretty close to what's actually asked on the exam. Yesterday's questions were something like, "if you could change one thing about schools what would it be?" and people can find happiness in the little things -- do you agree (something like that).

I guess this has been a long winded way of saying there are two guidebooks that are worth buying: The Princeton Review's "Cracking the CBEST," and CliffsTestPrep (although it's out of date for math.)

Good Luck.

I aced the CBEST with this book!  Feb 1, 2007
I took the CBEST last December 2, 2006 and i got the highest cumulative results - 185. The passing score for the CBEST is 123 and higher, and i beat it by 62 points and the ONLY book i used to study for it was this one.

This book is the ONLY book you need to get, and I'll give you 4 reasons why:

1. The Math review is in-depth and very complete. It provides an intensive review of all the skills you need to beat the Math section of the test and gives all of the equations and formulas you need that you've probably already forgotten. As it teaches you the skills, it gives you examples and then gives you problems to solve and then walks you through the solution and explains exactly how it got the right answer. It also gives more than one method to solve certain problems.

2. The Reading section is in-depth and gives questions that are very similar to those in the actual exam. The writing section is even better - it provides dozens of sample writing topics that are similar to those in the actual exam, and provides examples of well-written and poorly-written essays. It ALSO teaches you how to approach the topics and teaches writing techniques like Clustering and Outlining. Aside from that, it explains how the writing section is scored and tells you what the scorers look for in the essays.

3. The book teaches you test-taking and time saving strategies. This was VERY IMPORTANT and I'm glad i learned it from the book, because the exam is very long and you need to have a plan to efficiently maximize the time you have for the test. I used the techniques i learned in the book and was a LOT more confident during the exam, since i already knew what was in store for me and had a set plan on dividing my time for the 3 sections and time for checking my answers and proofreading my essays.

4. (*this ties in with #3) The book provides FOUR full-length practice tests that are VERY similar to the CBEST. The style of the questions, the number of questions you have to answer and the time it will take are all very similar to the real thing. I used the practice exams to hone my test-taking skills, learn how to divide my time (i attacked the reading section first since it's my forte, and then worked on the math part which was the hardest section for me, and then the writing section) AND improve my score. It was through these tests that i was able to identify my weak points and work on them so that by the time i took the 4th practice test, i was confident that i would pass - and i did!

If you plan on passing the CBEST, BUY THIS BOOK.

One last tip - and this one is from me - give yourself 2-3 weeks to prepare for the CBEST. It's not difficult if you're well-prepared.

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