Hello! I'm a new member, but have profited from others' postings for some time. I hope someone will have advice as to whether I should try to improve my writing score on the CBEST. I earned a 53, and while I know this is a passing score, I'm concerned about the impression it may give when I apply to a credential program. My reading score was 80, and my math was 60, making the 53 look low in contrast. I find this score surprising, since writing is where my talent lies. It could have something to do with the fact that I found both of the essay topics very uninteresting! In any case, as I want to earn a credential to teach high school English, I wonder whether this score will harm my chances either with education school admissions or with hiring? I know this score doesn't accurately reflect my writing ability (especially in comparison with the math score!), and so I would be willing to take the exam again if it's advisable. Thanks to anyone who replies!