## How do I prepare for CBEST math?

Try these five tips to help with your CBEST math prep.

- Let the format be your friend. CBEST’s math section is multiple-choice, which means the right answer is sitting on the page, waiting for you to find it.
- Work on your translation skills.
- Practice showing your work.
- Read carefully.
- Watch out for “trap” questions.

## How hard is the math on the CBEST?

The CBEST math test is not difficult, and you can pass this test with enough study and practice.

**What kind of math is on CBEST?**

The CBEST exam has three subtests covering the subjects of math, reading and writing. The CBEST math test has 50 multiple choice questions covering the areas of: numerical and graphic relationships; estimation, measurement and statistical principles; and computation and problem solving.

### What score do I need to pass the CBEST math?

To pass the CBEST, one must obtain a minimum scaled score of 41 in each of the three sections—reading, writing, and mathematics. However, a score as low as 37 on an individual section is acceptable if the total scaled score is at least 123.

### How long is the CBEST math test?

2 hours

CBEST

CBEST Quick Facts | |
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Test Content: | Reading, Mathematics and Writing (3 separate subtests) |

Time to complete: | Computer-based and online-proctored test: 1 hour and 30 minutes each for Reading and Writing subtests; 2 hours for Mathematics subtest. Paper-based test: 4 hours for one, two or all three subtests. |

**Can you use a calculator on CBEST?**

During the CBEST math test, test takers must perform the calculations themselves, meaning that they are not allowed to use the calculator on the CBEST math test. Because you have to pass the CBEST math test to get a job as a teacher in California, how you perform for the math section is very important.

#### How long should I study for CBEST?

Whether or not you recently completed your undergraduate education, you’ll want to brush up on your content knowledge. If you’re farther out of school, expect to spend 1-2 hours a day for a few weeks refreshing your content knowledge for your specific CBEST or CSET.

#### Can you use calculator on CBEST?

**How many questions do I need to get right on the CBEST math?**

The CBEST math passing score is a scaled score of 41; the CBEST reading passing score is also 41, and so is the passing scaled score for the writing section. In total, a candidate must have a scaled score of at least 123 to pass the CBEST test.

## How many questions are on the math CBEST?

50 questions

The math section of the CBEST exam also has 50 questions and requires the test taker to solve mathematical problems. Most of the questions are presented as word problems.