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Kaplan CBEST: California Basic Education Skills Test Paperback – October 7, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1419552328 ISBN-10: 1419552325 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Series: Kaplan CBEST
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing; 3 edition (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419552325
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419552328
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,055,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just took the CBEST and it's far easier than any practice exercise in this book.
Raymond Jacobson
My only complaint is that in the reading section I found way too many questions to be ambiguous with too many answer choices too similar.
Cara
Alright so basically I thought this book would be the most helpful in studying for the CBEST which I am taking in a week from tomorrow.
Noelle White

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Raymond Jacobson on August 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
I just took the CBEST and it's far easier than any practice exercise in this book.

In the math section, this book will have you racking your brain trying to remember quadratic equations and all the geometric formulas for area and volume. There's nothing remotely that difficult on the CBEST. Most of the actual CBEST math questions involve averaging, calculating percentage, and reading graphs. There are a few basic (and I mean basic) algebra problems, and the geometry doesn't go beyond calculating the perimeter of a rectangle.

The reading section in Kaplan has questions that are just plain confusing, and frankly, I thought some the answers, were wrong. One of the tricks on the actual CBEST reading section is to give you 2 choices that are technically right, but one is the "best." The reading problems in Kaplan often have 3 choices that are equally correct. I have an English degree and I missed 20 out of 50 on Kaplan's practice exam. The real CBEST reading test is far more straight-forward.

If you want to prep for the CBEST, save your money and download the free sample test on the CBEST website, [...]. If you absolutely feel the need to purchase a test prep book, you're better off with Barron's book, which gives a more accurate depiction of the actual CBEST, along with some good test-taking tips, such as when you're having trouble deciding between 2 choices on the reading section, go with the one that's longer--it's usually right.

The Kaplan books will more than likely give you a bad case of test jitters and insomnia the night before the test.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kyra Liggett on February 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book makes me so mad that I don't know whether to burn it or take it back so Kaplan loses out on my money. There are typographical and format errors all over the place, explanations are vague, the math section is needlessly excessive and overly extensive, and the reading section is grossly lacking. I consistently scored around a 35 on the reading sections, but vehemently disagree with about half of those missed points because the poor wording of the question, the vague answer choices, or the faulty reasoning of the answer explanations. This book is full of contradictions and errors. I passed the CBEST, but with no help from this book. There is another reviewer of this book that says to go to the CBEST website and review there, and I agree wholeheartedly. The practice test on their website is much more indicative of questions you will encounter on your test, and it is free. Whatever you do, don't buy this book. It's a waste of your time and money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Noelle White on August 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
Alright so basically I thought this book would be the most helpful in studying for the CBEST which I am taking in a week from tomorrow. Over the course of studying and trying the practice tests I wish I had invested in the CliffsTestPrep CBEST right off the bat instead of having to run out and purchase it tonight. Kaplan is supposed to be a good company for study guides such as this yet they make typographical errors and especially when they are on the practice test portions you can imagine why this becomes a problem. Such errors as using "?" in place of the multiplication sign and the not equal to sign in place of the pie sign? I mean come on, you're training people to pass their CBEST yet you're making such errors? Not to mention at times it was a bit hard to follow. I would not recommend this book to anyone. You want a good study guide for the CBEST? Go purchase CliffsTestPrep CBEST instead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathie L. Bishop on August 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
After studying this guide I became more and more discouraged and then started really worrying if I could pass the test. I started wondering about the idiots who created such a ridiculous test. The reading questions are bizarre and often had no good answer, especially with respect to word definitions. The math section tests on things that were never explained and has some distortions of problems that took me 15 minutes just to figure out the solution explanation. If you want to build your confidence stay away from this book. After studying it I went to the CBEST webpage and found out the testers weren't crazy, it was Kaplan
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sassy C on April 26, 2010
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The questions are way too difficult! This book will discourage you! I suggest using Cracking the CBEST! I passed the exam on the first try!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Kimmel on September 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
At first, I thought this would be a great book to study from- lots of practice tests, and explanations about the answers for each question. But only in reading the amazon reviews, am I feeling better about taking this test in a week. In the math section, The Kaplan book uses several strange symbols in place of simple math symbols-- (" rather than <)(?, instead of a multiplication symbol) It only added to my stress, and it was one more thing to try to figure out, in equations that didn't always even make sense. I feel better after reading these reviews and finding that other people were having the same difficulties, and the actual CBEST doesn't give you these sorts of unneeded curve balls.
The Reading section, I agree with the poster who wrote that there were often several answers that seemed to be correct... I consider English & writing to be my strength, and I did not always agree with the book's "correct" answers.

I hope all you posters are right about the actual test being easier! I was trying to figure out if I could postpone my test because I felt so unprepared, until I read this book's reviews. As advice to other future CBESTers- I recommend getting the sample test off of the official CBEST website. It also eased my anxiety. It's much simpler and more straight-forward than this book.
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