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About CBEST Writing

The Writing section of the CBEST assesses basic skills and concepts that are important in performing the job of an educator. One of the essay questions asks examinees to write about a remembered experience. The other requires analysis of a situation or statement to demonstrate analytic skills.

Since there are a total of four hours to complete all sections of the CBEST, most examinees evenly split roughly one hour into two 30-35 minute time frames. This is a guideline, however, and each writer should allocate his time accordingly depending on his strengths or weaknesses.

Each essay is evaluated immediately after each CBEST administration by at least two readers using a four-point score scale (see next page); the total essay score is derived by combining the two individual scores. To obtain the Writing section score, scores for both essays are summed and converted to the score scale of 20 to 80.

Graders will evaluate essays based on the following criteria:

I.Rhetorical Force: the clarity with which the central idea or point of view is stated and maintained; the coherence of the discussion and the quality of the writer's reasoning
II.Organization: the clarity of the writing and the logical sequence of the writer's ideas
III.Support and Development: the relevance, depth, and specificity of supporting information
IV.Usage: the extent to which the writing shows care and precision in word choice
V.Structure and Conventions: the extent to which the writing is free of errors in syntax, paragraph structure, sentence structure, and mechanics (e.g., spelling, punctuation, and capitalization)
VI.Appropriateness: the extent to which the writer addresses the topic and uses language and style appropriate to the given audience and purpose


CBEST Scores Failing?  Find Out Exactly Why...

For most CBEST test-takers, one of the most frustrating aspects of not passing is the minimal amount of feedback provided on the official CBEST score reports.  That's why we've created free online diagnostics.  Whether your previous CBEST scores have fallen short, or you're taking the test for the first time, when you start by taking our free CBEST diagnostics, you can ensure you're studying smartly and focusing your time on the specific areas that will benefit you most.

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Next to each subject domain in your diagnostic breakdown, you'll find a link to the corresponding section of our online CBEST Overview Study Guide, which provides a concise, bullet-pointed listing of the topics that appear on that portion of the exam, so you'll know exactly what content areas you need to study to improve your CBEST results.

Your online CBEST Practice Test, CBEST Study Guide, and Basic Diagnostics are all provided free of charge!

We also offer additional paid features, such as Advanced Diagnostics that give you an even more in-depth breakdown of your CBEST results (included as part of all our CBEST Online Prep programs) and CBEST Written Response Grading and Feedback from live professional graders, so you can get detailed feedback on your practice test essay responses (if your exam contains a written portion).

PLEASE NOTE: Diagnostics are currently offered for all three CBEST subtests, including: CBEST Mathematics, CBEST Reading, and CBEST Writing (for the CBEST Writing subtest, this is a paid service, as this subtest is entirely written response).

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