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Strategies While Taking the CBEST
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Dealing with Test-Taking Anxiety


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Sample Tests

When you feel somewhat acquainted with the skills demanded by a content area, take one of its sample tests. The computer will score it, show you the items that are incorrect, and give you an opportunity to see the item with an explanation for its correct response. By reviewing any errors, you can learn what needs to be studied further and make better preparations for another test. At that time, you can take another sample test and repeat the process for overcoming any weaknesses. If you find that you are still missing questions, you may need to get additional assistance from another source.

An advantage to having several sample tests available is the opportunity to try out different methods of test taking. On the reading test, for example, some experts suggest that you should read the questions before you read the passage. Other experts suggest that you read the passage through quickly, then look at the questions, and finally read the material carefully while looking for the answers. Still other experts suggest that one thorough reading is all that is necessary. Since there is no agreement on a better method, you can use the several sample tests to try different methods and determine which will provide the best results.

A good study strategy after you have taken a sample test is to meet with other students who are preparing to take the test. You will find that you have strengths in some of the areas that others do not, and they will have strengths in your weakest areas. Form a study group to review the instructional material. Discuss with your group the items that have been missed. Remember that there is no value to memorizing the answers to particular test questions. Those questions will not appear on the test; they are only designed to be samples of the kinds of questions that the official test will ask.