I used to work with students in an after-school program setting for 4 years after I graduated from college. Then I entered the corporate world and felt/knew that it was a big mistake. I wanted to get back into working with students again so I decided to register and take CBEST. My mistake was, I never prepared for it, not even if preparing for it means I made sure I was well rested. I talked to 2 people, one middle school teacher and another an elementary teacher who both told me that this will be the easiest test I'll ever take. I was told not to worry about it as no preparation was needed. I always worry when I take tests but went ahead and rushed to take the test anyway. I was desperate to get away from my current job. Just imagine how much it crushed me when I saw my "NOT YET PASSED" test result. I was (still am) devastated. I feel sort of.. dumb. How can a test which measures basic reading, math and writing skills be so difficult for me? I NEED to take the CBEST again.. I can't just give up.