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  1. 1Numbers and Relations
    1. 1.1Place value
    2. 1.2Comparing and ordering numbers
    3. 1.3Rounding numbers
  2. 2Adding and Subtracting Integers
    1. 2.1Introduction to integer addition
    2. 2.2Adding integers
    3. 2.3Introduction to integer subtraction
    4. 2.4Subtracting integers
    5. 2.5Application of integer operations
  3. 3Multiplying and Dividing Integers
    1. 3.1Understanding integer multiplication
    2. 3.2Multiplying integers
    3. 3.3Understanding integer division
    4. 3.4Dividing integers
    5. 3.5Applications of integer operations
  4. 4Number Theory
    1. 4.1Divisibility rules
    2. 4.2Prime factorization
    3. 4.3Determining common factors
    4. 4.4Determining common multiples
    5. 4.5Introduction to exponents
    6. 4.6Greatest Common Factors (GCF)
    7. 4.7Least Common Multiple (LCM)
  5. 5Adding and Subtracting Fractions
    1. 5.1Using models to add and subtract fractions
    2. 5.2Adding fractions with like denominators
    3. 5.3Subtracting fractions with like denominators
    4. 5.4Adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators
    5. 5.5Adding and subtracting mixed numbers
  6. 6Multiplying and Dividing Fractions
    1. 6.1Multiplying fractions and whole numbers
    2. 6.2Dividing fractions with whole numbers
    3. 6.3Multiplying proper fractions
    4. 6.4Multiplying improper fractions and mixed numbers
    5. 6.5Dividing fractions and mixed numbers
    6. 6.6Applications of fraction operations
  7. 7Operations with Decimals
    1. 7.1Adding and subtracting decimals
    2. 7.2Multiplying decimals
    3. 7.3Dividing decimals
    4. 7.4Order of operations (PEMDAS)
  8. 8Number System and Pattern
    1. 8.1Understanding the number systems
    2. 8.2Rational vs. Irrational numbers
    3. 8.3Converting repeating decimals to fractions
  9. 9Ratios, Rates, and Proportions
    1. 9.1Ratios
    2. 9.2Rates
    3. 9.3Proportions
  10. 10Percents
    1. 10.1Representing percents
    2. 10.2Percents, fractions, and decimals
    3. 10.3Percent of a number
    4. 10.4Adding and multiplying percents
    5. 10.5Taxes, discounts, tips and more
    6. 10.6Simple interest
  11. 11Solving One- and Two- Step Equations
    1. 11.1Model and solve one-step linear equations: ax = b, x/a = b
    2. 11.2Solving two-step linear equations using addition and subtraction: ax + b = c
    3. 11.3Solving two-step linear equations using multiplication and division: x/a + b = c
    4. 11.4Solving two-step linear equations using distributive property: a(x + b) = c
  12. 12Solving Multi-Step Equations
    1. 12.1Solving linear equations using multiplication and division
    2. 12.2Solving two-step linear equations: ax + b = c, x/a + b = c
    3. 12.3Solving linear equations using distributive property: a(x + b) = c
    4. 12.4Solving linear equations with variables on both sides
    5. 12.5Solving literal equations
  13. 13Linear Inequalities
    1. 13.1Express linear inequalities graphically and algebraically
    2. 13.2Solving one-step linear inequalities
    3. 13.3Solving multi-step linear inequalities
    4. 13.4Compound inequalities
  14. 14Linear Functions
    1. 14.1Distance formula: d=(x2x1)2+(y2y1)2d = \sqrt{(x_2-x_1)^2+(y_2-y_1)^2}
    2. 14.2Midpoint formula: M=(x1+x22,y1+y22)M = ( \frac{x_1+x_2}2 ,\frac{y_1+y_2}2)
    3. 14.3Slope equation: m=y2y1x2x1m = \frac{y_2-y_1}{x_2- x_1}
    4. 14.4Slope intercept form: y = mx + b
    5. 14.5General form: Ax + By + C = 0
    6. 14.6Point-slope form: yy1=m(xx1)y - y_1 = m (x - x_1)
    7. 14.7Rate of change
    8. 14.8Graphing linear functions using table of values
    9. 14.9Graphing linear functions using x- and y-intercepts
    10. 14.10Graphing from slope-intercept form y=mx+b
    11. 14.11Graphing linear functions using a single point and slope
    12. 14.12Word problems of graphing linear functions
    13. 14.13Parallel and perpendicular lines in linear functions
    14. 14.14Applications of linear relations
  15. 15Measuring Systems
    1. 15.1Metric systems
    2. 15.2Imperial systems
    3. 15.3Conversions between metric and imperial systems
    4. 15.4Conversions involve squares and cubic
  16. 16Angles, Lines, and Transversals
    1. 16.1Pairs of lines and angles
    2. 16.2Parallel lines and transversals
    3. 16.3Parallel line proofs
    4. 16.4Perpendicular line proofs
  17. 17Properties of Triangles
    1. 17.1Classifying triangles
    2. 17.2Isosceles and equilateral triangles
  18. 18Circles
    1. 18.1Circle and circumference
    2. 18.2Angles in a circle
    3. 18.3Arcs of a circle
    4. 18.4Areas and sectors of circles
  19. 19Scale Factors and Similarity
    1. 19.1Enlargements and reductions with scale factors
    2. 19.2Scale diagrams
    3. 19.3Similar triangles
    4. 19.4Similar polygons
  20. 20Introduction to Probability
    1. 20.1Introduction to probability
    2. 20.2Organizing outcomes
    3. 20.3Probability of independent events
    4. 20.4Comparing experimental and theoretical probability
    5. 20.5Determining probabilities using tree diagrams and tables
  21. 21Statistics
    1. 21.1Median and mode
    2. 21.2Mean
    3. 21.3Range and outliers
    4. 21.4Application of averages
  22. 22Data and Graphs
    1. 22.1Reading and drawing bar graphs
    2. 22.2Reading and drawing histograms
    3. 22.3Reading and drawing line graphs
    4. 22.4Box-and-whisker plots and scatter plots
    5. 22.5Reading and drawing Venn diagrams
    6. 22.6Stem-and-leaf plots
    7. 22.7Frequency tables and dot plots
  • What is CBEST?

    It is one of the many CTC exams (Commission on Teacher Credential) required by law for ones who want to become a teacher and are applying for the California teaching credential or services credential. The test aims at measuring the basic reading, math, and writing skills which are found to be important for being an educator. However, the test is not designed to test one's ability of teaching these skills. For details on teaching credentials requirements in California, you can check this page out.

  • How should I start my CBEST test prep?

    You can first test yourself with this sample CBEST practice test to see which areas and topics you need to focus more on. Then, watch our video lessons and work on the practice questions for review and better understanding!

  • What to expect when taking the CBEST test?

    You can choose whether to take the computer-based test or paper-based test. They both consist of three sections: reading, math, and writing. It is also up to you whether you take 1, 2 or 3 sections in the 4-hour test session. However, you do not need to pass all the sections in a single test session. All questions are delivered in English and all responses must be in English as well. There will be no breaks during a test session. You may take breaks anytime, but it will count toward your 4-hour test time.

  • How does the math section look like on CBEST?

    In the math section, there are 50 multiple-choice questions, and most of them are word problems. Here's the breakdown of the section: about 30% of the questions is on estimation, measurement, and statistical principles; about 35% is on computation and problem-solving; and about 35% is on numerical and graphic relationships.

  • Can you use a calculator on the CBEST?

    No, the use of calculators is not allowed on the CBEST exam. In fact, there is a list of items you are NOT allowed to bring into the test center. Make sure you check out the test center rules before you attend!

  • What is the CBEST passing score?

    The CBEST results are reported in scaled scores ranging from 20 to 80 for each section. The passing score of each section is a scaled score of 41. In other words, a total score of 123 for all three sections is required in order to pass the test.

    A passing status will still be granted with a scaled score on one or two sections that is lower than 41 but higher than 37, and the total score is 123 or higher. However, if a score on any of the sections is below 37, it does not matter how high the total score is, a passing status will not be granted.

  • When will I get my CBEST results?

    For computer-based testing, you will be provided the preliminary test results at the end of the Reading and Mathematics sections. The official test results will be available within two weeks of testing. For paper-based testing, the test results will be available within three weeks of testing.

  • What are the CBEST test dates?

    Computer-based testing is by appointment and takes place on Mondays to Saturdays, except for some holidays. Seating is limited on a first-come, first-serve basis, and you need to choose which sections you want to take when making the test appointment. You can make and check appointment availability here. For paper-based testing, it only takes place every two to three months; therefore, be sure to register before the registration deadlines. By registering for the paper-based test, you are automatically signed up for all sections. However, you can choose which sections to take on the day of the test.

  • Is there anything I should pay attention before and during the CBEST test?

    If you are taking the computer-based testing, before the test, you can take a look at this tutorial that helps you get a better idea of the test format and how the test is delivered. Also, before the beginning of the test, you will be asked to read and sign a nondisclosure agreement which you can access here. You are advised to take the tutorial and go through the policies before the test because you will only be given 15 minutes to finish the tutorial and reading the CBEST policies.

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