# Math level

Discussion in 'Basic Skills Tests' started by Dirt, Aug 25, 2017.

1. ### DirtNew Member

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Hello,
I want to take the CBEST. I suck at math. If I were to take classes, would it be Pre-Algebra or Algebra? Thank you for the input.

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Aug 25, 2017

If you are unsure about working with decimals, fractions, percents, exponents and order of operations, then study pre-algebra. Make sure you can use all operations with the first three.

4. ### TeacherGroupieModerator

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Fossil that I am, I had to go look up what "pre-algebra" entails.

Pre-algebra should be plenty for everything but the test score interpretation question, which requires you to know the following:

- the meaning of "percentile"; the sentence "Tim's score is in the 70th percentile" means that Tim has scored as well as or better than 70 percent of test takers
- the meaning of "stanine", which relates to the classic bell curve for scores: you don't have to calculate stanines, you just have to have some idea how they map onto percentiles
- the meaning of "grade-equivalent score"

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Sep 6, 2017

So, as expected, I got a 20 on the math. I'm doomed.

6. ### futuremathsprofPhenom

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Dirt, I looked up the Test Results Interpretation in my CBEST score report from years ago and it says, "It is not possible to pass the CBEST if any section is below 37, regardless of how high the total score may be."

You are correct. You're doomed.

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