I took the CBEST computer based test today and I thought I'd share a few things I would of liked to know before going in. First, check your library for books about it for a review instead of buying. I used Barron's (many typos though) and then Kaplan (which was much more difficult than the actual test) and then Cliff Note version, which I thought was really good. The practice test on the testing site (where you register) is very similar to the actual difficulty of the test so be sure to do it. However, the navigation is a bit different (better on the real thing). The reading portion has the passage on one side and a question on the other. It doesn't tell you how many questions go with the passage making it a little more tricky to pre-read the questions. Also, it is a count down of time. I suggest briefly jotting down your time frame using how many minutes are left. Such as when there are 30 mins- start review; 90 minutes- start writing; 160 start math; 230 start reading; 245-230 preview writing questions. My general plan was 1. go to writing questions first and do a 5-7 brainstorm of each one (allows you to not be taken by surprise later and to mull it over during the other parts), 2. complete reading in order, 3. do math section, marking something for each one without spending too much time but flag hard ones to come back later. (the flagging feature is excellent). A surprise even to me was that I was actually able to keep this time frame and had enough time to review all my flags. At my testing site in Anaheim it will be useful to know that they give you a pad of spiral bound dry erase papers for notes. I passed the math with 57 and reading with 62 (nice to get a print out right away!). I had tried to find what an "average" score might be without much luck so I guess they are good enough and hopefully writing will be okay. Thank you!