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Kaplan CBEST (Kaplan Test Prep) Paperback – November 30, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1419550133 ISBN-10: 1419550136 Edition: Fourth Edition

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About the Author

Allan Mundsack graduated with the Highest Honors from Wisconsin State University, La Crosse. Since then, he has taught for over 30 years in nine different schools. He has been recognized by Who's Who Among America's Teachers, and has contributed his mathematical knowledge to several education books.

Charlotte Doctor earned her undergraduate degree from San Diego State University and later receives received her Masters in English from the University of Kentucky. She is currently teaching at Los Angeles Pierce College, where she has served as Director of the Honors Program and of the PACE Program.
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Product Details

  • Series: Kaplan Test Prep
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing; Fourth Edition edition (November 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419550136
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419550133
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.9 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There were a lot of questions with answer choices that made no sense.
csl
The book wasn't really that helpful for the writing section, but overall, if you study, I'm sure you can pass the math and reading part easily.
pancake123
I would not recommend the Kaplan CBEST book for anyone who wants to get a realistic feel for what the actual test will be like.
Anjatf

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Anjatf on September 2, 2011
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I would not recommend the Kaplan CBEST book for anyone who wants to get a realistic feel for what the actual test will be like.
The practice tests in this book are FAR more difficult than the actual Cbest test and therefore do not qualify as good preparation. The reading and math sections of this book take far more time than you will need on the real thing and could lead you to go in with a bad strategy.
The reading tests in this book are particulary bad. The text passages are long with confusing answer choices. The differences between wrong and right answers were hairsplittingly minimal. For me this part was actual counterproductive to the point that I wish I hadn't had the book.
For good and accurate books on the CBEST try "Cracking the CBEST" by the Princeton review or Barron's "CBEST".
Good Luck!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gracey London on October 11, 2014
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Badly written passages. Highly ambiguous questions. Would not recommend.

For example, one question asks you to identify an author's attitude and then lists "sympathetic" and "empathetic" as possible answer choices. The answer is given as "empathetic," but these words are so similar that a case could really be made for either answer.

Another question asks you to determine whether the sentence "New cancer treatments, new knowledge about indicators of heart health, and new methods for dental treatment are being announced seemingly weekly" is an example of parallelism or repetition. Both are present in this sentence.

The questions continue in this manner. The explanations for the answers are also inadequate and unconvincing. The reading passages themselves are riddled with so many grammar mistakes that they're hard to read, let alone analyze. Incorrect use of "not only . . . but also." (shudder)

This book's only redeeming feature is the Resources section in the back, which contains a helpful list of word roots and vocab words. Aside from that, this book is terrible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anthony W. Lee on April 5, 2013
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Most of their test prep materials do a good job of creating practice tests that are pretty similar to the actual thing. I wouldn't use this book alone to study though. I would buy a copy of all of the other test prep books from the other publishers as well. You can never just rely on studying for a test with just one book. If you do, you're either a genius or really dumb.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alexis C. Morrow on July 4, 2011
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I used the book to review my math skills, and I felt very prepared for the test. There book covered more some math that I did not see on the test, but I felt very confident and PASSED! I would recommend this book for sure
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Narges Zohoury on March 29, 2011
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practice exams were helpful. book was designed in a way that it was easy to pinpoint what I needed to work on and the instructions were clear.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By got_this on April 30, 2012
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This book offers good study strategies and content review information to prepare for the test. However, the practice exams are way harder than the real thing. Some believe that being over-prepared is good, but for me, it rattled my nerves a bit. I FAILED the practice tests and was very nervous taking the actual test. I just got my results and found out that I passed, with high scores for the reading and writing (my strengths) and a decent math score (my weakness). This book has some errors in it, though. I also agree with another reviewer who says that some of the multiple choice responses for the reading section were too similar, with the explanations as to why one was more "correct" than the others poorly clarified.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By csl on April 13, 2012
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I first tried the practice test on the CBEST website then bought this book at Barnes to continue studying. BAD CHOICE. This book is AWFUL. Another reviewer said that the questions were harder in this book than on the actual test... I would say that the questions in this book are just plain WTF. There were a lot of questions with answer choices that made no sense. The explanations were of no use- a lot of them simply stated that the answer they gave was the best choice and that the other choices weren't as good as their 'correct' answer choice.

I started thinking I was crazy while grinding through the first practice test because the questions were so weird. Since I hadn't had that feeling while trying out the actual CBEST practice test, I went back to Barnes and exchanged the Kaplan for the Princeton Review book- MUCH better. The questions make sense, the answer choices make sense and the explanations actually EXPLAIN! The Princeton Review book even includes the full question next to each answer explanation so you don't have to flip back and forth. The Kaplan just had 2-3 line non-explanations.

I want to find something positive about the Kaplan book, but the only thing I can think of is the original reason why I bought the Kaplan over the Princeton Review- the Kaplan was printed on nice bright white paper, while the Princeton Review one is on the cheaper off-white, recycled paper... Don't judge a book by its... paper. Go with the Princeton Review book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jamie on March 29, 2011
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This book was great. It went over everything that was on the CBEST. There are 3 full practice tests that are realistic if you time yourself. Some of the math was a little bit more advanced than was needed for the test, but it was a nice refresher. I didn't get through the whole book and I think I would have gotten a better score had I studied more, but I passed without a problem.
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