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The Criteria Basic Skills Test (CBST) determines job readiness and predicts potential candidates’ "trainability". The CBST is a 40-question multiple-choice test with a 20-minute time limit.
The test consists of a wide range of verbal and mathematical questions. The difficulty of the questions increase slightly as the candidate progresses through the test.
Calculators are not allowed for the test.
Here we will cover what you need to know about the CBST.
The types of questions are divided into nine (9) categories:
Vocabulary questions simply assess the broadness of your vocabulary. These questions will ask you about the meaning of specific words.
This category assesses your knowledge of correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation. You may be asked to identify the correct spelling of a word, select the sentence containing correct grammar, or insert the missing word in a sentence.
Sentence completion questions assess your ability to understand basic contextual relationships in a sentence. You are given a text where one or more words are missing; you have to find the missing word(s).
Fill in the missing word.
Brian hopes that he isn’t invited to Michael’s birthday party, because he really ____ such parties.
The correct answer is A, hates.
In this question category, you will be required to use your understanding of words. You either have to find the word with the same meaning as the word in a specific sentence, or you are given a sentence with an underlined word and must choose the sentence where that word has the same meaning.
Choose the word that best indicates the meaning of the underlined word.
He was told that it was his job to take care of her.
The correct answer is B, task.
Cohesion and coherence are terms used to describe the properties of written texts. Cohesion is the glue that sticks a sentence to another in a paragraph or a paragraph to another in a text.
Coherence means that the text is easy to read and understand because the text follows a certain kind of logical order, and the organization of ideas is systematical and logical.
In these questions, you can expect to see a text that has been split into several sections — you are given the sections out of order. You must rearrange the order of the text so that the complete text has proper structure and grammar.
Reading ability assesses your ability to understand, analyze, and interpret written information. You will have to read the passage of text quickly and answer the questions accurately.
The passage commonly consists of one paragraph of text. Sometimes the answer can be found directly in the text; other times, you will have to make your own conclusion based on the information given in the text.
Reading charts questions assess your ability to interpret graphs and tables.
In some questions, you are asked to find information that is directly readable on the chart. In other cases, you need to apply basic math to find the correct answer. Expect no long or complex calculations in these questions.
Mathematical word problems are simply mathematical questions presented in a written format. The questions will assess your mathematical ability and your logical reasoning.
The word problems can range from short to long, from simple to somewhat complicated. Some questions will only require mathematical ability to solve; others will require logical reasoning as well.
Basic mathematics questions will challenge your skills and knowledge of basic arithmetic. Some questions will be simple mathematical equations with little or no text; others will have a short question with text.
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Preparing for the CBST will make a difference. There are several things you can do to prepare for the CBST:
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What you get