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How to prepare for CBEST test for California
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I've been thinking about relocating to California and want to take the CBEST test in case I want to SUB Teach there. I know I can take the test in the State that I currently live in, but was wondering if anyone who has taken the test, can tell me of any books or courses that they used to prepare me for the test.


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Check this out and there used to be a time when they sold test prep books in bookstores too https://www.teacherstestprep.com/cbest-practice-tests

If you're in Cali, hardcopies might be available through public libraries.
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Library Online Practice tests
Old 03-21-2018, 04:58 PM
 
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Definitely, check with your local library reference desk to see if they have access to free online practice test for that exam. Also, check for YouTube videos of that exam... find out what is on the exam...essay, reading comprehension, language arts, math requirements and study at least thirty minutes a day for two months or so to upgrade your academic testing skills.

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Thanks for all the advice
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Thank you to all who gave advice on how to prepare for the CBEST Test. Does anyone know if I only lived in California a couple of months out of the year if I would still be able to Sub Teach there as a Non-Resident?
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Not a biggy.
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The CBEST is something you probably won't need to study much up on if you are already teaching.


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Teaching does not prepare you for CBEST. Get hold of a current study guide (you can buy one on Amazon, and there's also plenty of info online). Ramp up, just as you should with any important test.

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You are right it what you affirm and wrong in what you deny. Actually, teaching more than likely can prepare you to take the CBEST because teaching is a method of repeated retrieval, but I digress. The CBEST measures basic skills you already know--as the acronym stands for California Basic Educational Skills Test. Logically, if someone is already teaching, they have basic educational skills. Though your inference about my statement is logical, it is not what I said. I didn't get any study guides, but practiced retrieval by taking the kinds of tests that comprise the CBEST and did well. I'm sure different approaches to the CBEST are equally valid depending on the individual receiving the advice.
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Prep for tests
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Speaking as a teacher, I would never advise someone to wing it on a test, assuming that they will pass. Many people fail the CBEST. I have tutored some of them. If the test is worth paying the money and spending the time for, then it's worth preparing for, regardless of how you assess your capabilities.

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@luv2teach2017 I didn't say I winged it
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either. What I said was that "I didn't get any study guides, but practiced retrieval by taking the kinds of tests that comprise the CBEST..." Emphasis supplied. Studying is not the best way to prepare for tests. Testing (retrieval practice), on the other hand, is. But I don't blame you for not seeing what most people are not ready to see.
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Hey...no need to be condescending. I'm not looking for a pedagogical debate.

I'm simply speaking from my experience both as a student and teacher... point being that test "prep" (by that term I mean becoming familiar with the test format and requirements as well as plenty of guided practice and feedback) is extremely helpful in readying folks to successfully pass the (in California) CBEST, CSET, or any other important (adult level) test.

Many people fail the CBEST the first time around (or even multiple times) because they do try to wing it. They don't take the time to acquaint themselves with the test format and requirements and prepare via guided practice and (ideally) feedback.

That's all I'm sayin' folks.



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