CBEST TEST PREP
CBEST Math Practice Tests:
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CBEST Test #1
CBEST Test #2
CBEST Test #3
Practice Filling in Bubbles:
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Practice Answer Sheet
General CBEST help
CBEST Math tips
Mental Math tips
CBEST Essay Writing Tips
Teaching yourself math concepts can be difficult. The best way is one-on-one tutoring.
Use the whole book as scratch paper! Don't try and cram your calculations in the margin for each problem. You will end up writing smaller and sloppier. Use a good sized blank space not mixed up with anything else. This will help you retrace your steps if you make a mistake.
Be realistic. Just like real estate. The three most important aspects of the math section is Be Realistic, Be Realistic, Be Realistic. If math is your downfall then GET HELP ! You cannot wing this section. The following tips may help improve a score ONLY if you need a little help to get you the extra push over the top. However, eventually you WILL be there so read on!
Know your basic facts. You should be able to readily add, subtract, multiply, and divide small to large numbers IN YOUR HEAD. If you need to use long division to divide 72 by 6, you are in TROUBLE.
Hone your logic skills. Many math questions can actually be answered using only logic and eliminating answers that just don't make sense.
Know some general percentages and what they equal.
1/4 = one fourth = 25% = .25
Practice finding estimates of percentages of small to large
Try converting fractions to rounded percentages.
1700/5000 is about 2/5 or 20%. But we know it is a little below 20%. Eliminate answers that are at 20% or higher.
Suppose you have 6/17. You should know that 6/20 is 30%. However, 5/17 is a little MORE than 30%. Eliminate all answers 30% or less.
No calculator is needed (or allowed.) All problems CAN be done in a very short time the old fashioned way.
Sometimes it is easier to pick a wrong answer than a right one. This helps eliminate answers when you are guessing.
More on deciding on wrong answers: Suppose you get to a
just cannot do. Don't panic. Save it for last. When you finally get to
it, write down all important numbers. Chances are, wrong answers will
something done in a wrong way to these numbers. Think about what you
WILL NOT be done to the numbers. Scan over the answers to see if any of
them are a combination of a wrong operation. The following is an