How to Prepare for the CBEST with this Book and TESTware By reviewing and studying this book, you can achieve a top score on the California Basic Educational Skills Test, or CBEST. The CBEST assesses knowledge that you have gained throughout your academic career. Most of the knowledge tested by the CBEST is covered in your college or university teacher preparation programs or through other classes. While the test does not ascertain aspects of teaching such as dedication, rapport with students, and motivation, it does assess basic skills relevant to the teaching profession. We at REA believe the best way to prep for the CBEST is to replicate the complete CBEST test-taking experience. Toward that end, we provide three full-length exams that accurately reflect the CBEST in terms of format, content, and degree of difficulty. Our practice exams mirror the latest CBEST test forms and include every type of question that you can expect to encounter when you sit for the exam. Following each of our practice exams is an answer key complete with detailed explanations and solutions. Designed specifically to clarify the material for the student, the explanations not only provide the correct answers, but also explain why the answer to a particular question is indeed the best choice. By completing all three practice exams and studying the explanations that follow, you will flesh out your strengths and weaknesses. This in turn will allow you to concentrate progressively on attacking the sections of the exam you find to be toughest. The practice exams in this book and software package are included in two formats: in TESTware form on the enclosed CD and in printed form in this book. We recommend that you begin your preparation by taking CBEST Practice Exam 3 on your computer, which is the Diagnostic Test in this book. The software provides timed conditions, automatic scoring of the multiple-choice sections, and scoring information that makes it easier to target your strengths and weaknesses. In this way, you can decide how to best use your study time. This is especially important if your preparation time is limited. About REA's Test Experts To aid us in meeting our objective of providing you with the best possible study guide for the CBEST, REA's test experts have carefully prepared our topical reviews and practice exams. Our authors come armed with specific knowledge of the CBEST. They have thoroughly examined and researched the mechanics of the CBEST to ensure that our model tests accurately depict the exam and appropriately challenge the student. Our experts are highly regarded in the educational community, with most having studied at the doctoral level. They have taught in their respective fields at competitive universities and colleges throughout California and Oregon. They have an in-depth knowledge of the subjects presented in the book, and provide accurate questions that will help you best prepare for the exam. Each question is clearly explained in order to help you achieve a top score on the CBEST. About the California Basic Educational Skills Test The CBEST is required by the states of California and Oregon for applicants seeking their first teaching or services credential. In California, unless an applicant already holds a California teaching credential, this test must be taken to obtain an issuance or renewal of an Emergency Credential. This rule does not apply in Oregon. There are two other cases when the CBEST may be required: (1) for those people who have not taught for 39 months or more and are reentering the teaching profession, and (2) for diagnostic purposes for students entering teacher education programs in their state. To determine if you should take the CBEST, contact the school district where you are considering employment. For questions pertaining to CBEST policies, contact your respective state's teacher credentialing commission: CaliAndis, Mary Frances is the author of 'Best Test Preparation for the Cbest California Basic Educationdl Slills Test' with ISBN 9780878914104 and ISBN 0878914102.