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If It's on the CBEST, It's in This Book
We don't try to teach you everything there is to know about mathematics, reading, and writing –only the techniques you'll need to score higher on the CBEST. There's a big difference. In Cracking the CBEST, we'll teach you how to think like the test writers and

·Eliminate answer choices that look right but are planted to fool you
·Prepare for the new challenges of the revised CBEST
·Raise your score by mastering the critical analysis and evaluation area of the reading section
·Ace the math section by knowing what to expect

This book includes 2 full-length practice CBEST exams. All of our practice questions are just like the ones you'll see on the actual CBEST, and we fully explain every solution.

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The Princeton Review is the fastest growing test-preparation company in the country, with over 60 franchise offices in the nation. Each year, we help more than 2 million students prepare for college, grad school, professional licensing exams, and successful careers.
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Product Details

  • Series: Professional Test Preparation (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Review; 2 edition (December 10, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375762639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375762635
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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294 of 298 people found the following review helpful By Bill on June 17, 2007
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I took the CBEST yesterday morning (06/16/07)and have several observations and suggestions which not only do I hope you'll find helpful but with any luck can save you some time and grief. I purchased four review books. The Princeton Review's Cracking the CBEST (2002)," Cliff's Testprep "CBEST, 6th Edition,(2000)" Learning Express' "The Complete Preparation Guide CBEST (2006)," and Barron's "How to Prepare for the CBEST (2001)." Additionally, I purchased one on-line guide and began receiving emails with "tips of the day" from another. Neither on-line guide was helpful in the least and I would caution you to stay away from them no matter how luring their websites are.

Now onto the test (and then I'll come back to the guidebooks). The test, as I'm sure you're aware is divided into three sections: Reading, math and a writing portion in which you're asked to write two essays.

Let's start with the math. If you go to the official CBEST website they will tell you specifically what you need to know in order to pass this part of the exam. There is no geometry (apparently there was a law suit several years ago and the math portion was made easier) and the algebra on the test is beginner stuff. About the most difficult algebra question went something like this: 10y - 36 + 4y - 6 + y = 3. What's the value of y? Most of the questions are basic math and if I can do them, so can you!

With the exception of The Princeton Review's "Cracking the CBEST," all the guidebooks, when it came to math, were significantly more difficult than you need to know. The biggest offender of this was Learning Express' "The Complete Preparation Guide CBEST" which included very high level math and was poorly written and filled with mistakes.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Avalon on August 20, 2010
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I took the CBEST this morning (August 2010) and slammed it -- a perfect 80 in Reading, and a solid pass in Math. Thank you, Rick Sliter! This book is all I used. I had both the Kaplan and the Cliff Notes CBEST prep books. Both were far inferior to this one; after a quick flip through, I discarded them both and focused on this one only. What can I say, I aced it, I couldn't be happier!

I scanned the reading section once and took the practice tests, which prepared me to analyze precisely between multiple correct answers and choose the "best" one. The practice tests in the book were slightly harder than the CBEST in reading, which I thought was good -- not onerously hard, but hard enough to make me really think carefully about each answer.

I knew Math would be my weakest subject. I studied this book for a week and passed it easily. (I really thought I would do better than I did, but I passed by more than 20 points, so I shouldn't complain.) Besides this book, the best CBEST practice tests I found for Math review were at the CBEST website; another good source is the Test Prep Review website. The second one is harder than you will need (don't stress over the really hard problems), but I felt it was good practice. The questions on the actual test are very much like the ones in this book; I felt well-prepared seeing the test questions since I had studied this book so carefully.

I haven't yet received my essay scores, but am hopeful they will be good, if not very good. "Cracking the CBEST" gave me exactly the information I needed to know what the essay scorers will be looking for. If you are very weak on essays, I'm not sure this resource is enough, you may want to find a more basic book or a tutor.
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Reader, writer, lover on June 19, 2006
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I took the CBEST on June 17, 2006 and I can tell you that after vigorously reading and absorbing all that I could from this book Cracking the CBEST Ed. 2 (I studied it for about 4 weeks), that the information is FAR out of date. The current CBEST has far more complex math problems and critical analysis questions, and the POE (Process of Elimination) explained by the author is simply not applicable to any significant degree to helping you with this test. The answers (A through E) examples given in the book do not come even CLOSE to the actually level of difficulty I encountered in trying to eliminate possibly incorrect answers.

The author states that you "will not be tested on algebra." I hate to tell you, but there are some algebraic questions. In all, I counted four of them out of the 50 math questions given on the exam.

The only "plus" I can give the author on this much out-of-date study guide, is that the essay section remains in the same format. As for the other two parts to this exam... please -- and I mean this -- please find a better study guide if there is one out there.

If you're planning on using the author's "Ballparking" process to answer questions, be ready for a heck of a ride with trying to achieve a correct answer. Many of the A through E answers can be very, very, very much alike and they may all even appear logical, but being worded differently by the very slightest degree, they are far more difficult than the simplistic ones in this book. With the full-page essays for you to read (yes, NOT a couple paragraphs -- nearly FULL pages) trying to deduce and eliminate incorrect answers will be a highly formidable task if you rely on this book alone to prep for the CBEST. By the way, I wasn't the only one who noticed this.
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