**CONTENTS**

PART I: ORIENTATION 1

**1 Introduction **3

**2 Test-Taking Strategies **9

PART II: CRACKING THE READING SECTION 15

**3 Critical Analysis and Evaluation Questions **29

**4 Reading Comprehension and Research Skills **43

PART III: CRACKING THE MATHEMATICS SECTION 63

**5 Estimation, Measurement, and Statistical Principles **73

**6 Computation and Problem Solving **115

**7 Numerical and Graphical Relationships **137

PART IV: CRACKING THE WRITING SECTION 155

PART V: TAKING THE CBEST 173

**8 Practice Test 1 **179

**9 Answers and Explanations to Practice Test 1 **225

**10 Practice Test 2 **281

**11 Answers and Explanations to Practice Test 2 **329

About the Author 381