CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test)

CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test)

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By Shannon Grey, Kathryn Porter
Print Edition $19.95

  • Pages: 396
  • Publication Date: October 2010
  • ISBN: 978-0-7386-0784-9

Study with REA and Get Your BEST Score on the CBEST! 
Updated 7th Edition with Online Practice Exams! 
Every year, tens of thousands of teacher candidates take the California Basic Educational Skills Test, or CBEST, to meet the basic skills requirement in California. Let REA get you ready for test day with our trusted content and practical advice! 
Written by specialists in teacher education, REA’s updated CBEST test prep helps prospective teachers in California prepare for this important exam and get licensed. (The test is also accepted in six other states: Alaska, Delaware, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington; check with your teacher-licensing agency for details.)
Completely up-to-date and fully aligned with the latest test specifications, our comprehensive review chapters cover the Reading, Writing, and Mathematics material tested on the CBEST.  
Targeted drills, lessons, and key tutorials in each chapter enhance the specific skills you need to succeed on the test, while reinforcing what you’ve learned as you study. The test prep comes complete with a customized study schedule and REA’s expert test-taking strategies and tips.
A diagnostic test plus two full-length practice exams help you refresh your knowledge and focus on areas in need of improvement. Both of the book’s exams are available online at the REA Study Center ( and feature automatic scoring and topic-level score reports to help you zero in on the topics and types of questions that give you trouble now, so you’ll succeed when it counts!  
Detailed explanations of answers help you identify your strengths and weaknesses. We don’t just say which answers are right – we also explain why the other answer choices are incorrect – so you’ll be prepared on test day!  
This book is a must for anyone looking to teach in California! 
REA's test preps have proven to be the extra support teacher candidates need to pass their challenging state licensure exams. Our comprehensive test preps are teacher-recommended and written by experts in the field.  

About the Author

Dr. Shannon Grey has had a successful career in education for over eighteen years. She graduated with honors with a B.S. in Early Childhood Development from New York University. Dr. Grey received her Masters of Education from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey’s Graduate School of Education, with a specialization in Elementary Language Arts. She earned her doctorate of education from Rutgers in the area of Sociological and Philosophical Foundations of Education, specializing in Curriculum Theory and Development.

Dr. Grey taught elementary school for thirteen years in highly acclaimed public schools. During her time as a teacher she served as a mentor for novice educators, a staff developer, and the chairperson of several school-based and district-wide committees. Dr. Grey was also the co-creator of a summer institute aimed at instructing students in the areas of language arts and mathematics. She has contributed to several REA publications. As a faculty lecturer, she has taught classes in teacher education at Rutgers University. Currently Dr. Grey teaches and supervises student teachers for Princeton University’s Program in Teacher Preparation.

Dr. Kathryn F. Porter is a Professor of Mathematics at Saint Mary’s College of California where she has held various positions including the Coordinator of the Mathematics Preparation Program for future secondary mathematics teachers, the Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, the Director of the Liberal and Civic Studies Program, and is currently the Director of Mathematics Readiness.

Dr. Porter earned her Ph.D and M.S. in Mathematics at University of Delaware and her B.S. in Secondary Education and Mathematics at Slippery Rock University. Professor Porter has written many research articles in the mathematical area of Topology and has served on numerous committees related to mathematics, teaching, and governance. Professor Porter is one of the founders of the highly regarded Teachers for Tomorrow program at Saint Mary’s College, and has advised future elementary school teachers as well as future secondary mathematics teachers throughout her twenty years at Saint Mary’s College.