Everyone studies differently, but following these three steps and utilizing the free study resources listed below will help you feel more confident about taking the CBEST. You can also check out our top seven tips to help you prepare for the test.
1) Review the topics on the exam.
Take note of the topics that you think you will have to spend extra time studying.
The following resources are Free CBEST Study Guides, which provides you with a concise listing of all the topics covered on the exam:
- Official Pearson free CBEST content specification guide
- Union Test Prep and Teacher Test Prep also offer free basic CBEST Study Guides (you may have to create an account with these sites).
- Free Study Guide Zone Study Guide
- CSUB Writing Test Tips
2) Take practice tests.
Practice tests can help you pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses, which will allow you to focus your energy on studying the topics you struggle with the most. Additionally, it will help you get acquainted with the testing format, which can alleviate anxiety and help you determine how to best utilize your time during the exam.
- The CBEST website offers both a free online and paper practice Official CBEST practice test.
A quick google search will show many websites that offer online prep courses, which cost money. Luckily, most of these sites will also offer free practice exams (some sites may require you to create an account).
3) Re-Learn concepts and study!
Here are some helpful sites that can help you find study strategies and review methods that work best for how you personally learn:
- CBEST tips by USC Rossier's MAT online
- Evidence-based general study tips
- California State University Monterey Bay free online CBEST prep course
- Check out CBEST advice and tips from other subs, like you, on the Faculty Lounge
- Khan Academy is an excellent free website for learning and reviewing math concepts.
- Their course on the old California high school exit exam may be a good place to start, or you can search by concept/topic.
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