Cbest Writing Topic Essay Sample

Any ideas for the writing topic for the CBEST exam

Hi Janeypooh

Here are some writing topics which I read from CBEST reviewers. There are not the actual cbest essay but it you can use it more to practice you essay writing,

Topic 1: Sometimes success is harder to accept than failure. Write about such situation you faced when success brought its own difficulties. What brought on your success? What difficulties accompanied it? What did you learn from this?

Topic 2: "A friend in power is a friend lost." Do you agree or disagree with this statement by Henry Brooks Adams? Support your ideas with reasoning and examples.

Topic 3: The basic social standards of tolerance, honesty and responsibility are many of the important pieces of information children learn in the classroom. In this way, they learn how to function in society at large. Write about an experience in a classroom when you learned about one of these standards. Did it have a lastinf effect on you? Why or why not?

Hope it will help you.

I'm not clear what you are asking. Are you wondering what the topics might be? Or, are you looking for sample topics to use in writing practice essays? Have you visited the CBEST website?

Hey, this is third time you've asked this question! At least this time you put it in its own thread, I suppose.

Okay, I just moved another answer from yet another thread you posted that was identical to this one, which I then deleted. If you spam the forums like this again, I will be forced to suspend your membership. So please, don't.

I just placed the same warning on another thread. Possibly you are doing this in good faith, just trying to ask different members the same question. Whatever your motivation, though, just stop.

I'm so sorry! I don't want this to be spam. I'm getting ready to take the exam on August 8th. I'm still trying to get aquainted with this forum. Please bare with me. I just wanted sample of the CBEST writing topics.

Say, thanks for asking this question. I am also new and had no idea about the CBEST, but I live in Oregon so I may want to take this sometime.

Anyway, I had an idea about how you can prepare for this test, but it would take a little of your time. The book I'm using for my college writing class there are all kinds of sample questions that go with different readings. You might be able to get something similar at the library or just samples online. The book I am using is called "Patterns for a Purpose." The questions are actually related to different essays but they would keep you in the habit of writing answers using the writing styles that the CBEST is going to require.

According to Wikipedia the scoring is based on the following areas. My course book is designed to strengthen these areas.

CBEST Writing Score Scale
1- Rhetorical Force
2- Organization
3- Support and Development
4- Usage
5- Structure and conventions
6- Appropriateness

Personally it still takes me about an hour to write a three paragraph essay answering one question about something I read so I would have to do this a lot to get down to 1/2 hour for each.

Best of luck on your test.

As I have said on the other threads where you asked this question, visit the CBEST website and follow their guidelines for test preparation.


You can check out this website for sample cbest past essay questions


Hope pass the exam

Merged:I over analize the CBEST writing topics (how to write freely?)

Hi all,

I have a problem with the CBEST writing topics. I over analize the topics. I think and think that it takes me a while to start writing. How can I just write freely without over thinking about the topic.


Writing without thinking isn't that difficult. In fact, judging from many of the essays posted here, it is far easier to do than writing thoughtfully. Just start putting down your ideas, and trust that you will end up saying something intelligent. It will help if you have a lot of familiarity with the subject matter, so that you already have a pretty good idea of what you plan to say for any given topic.

Everyone has different ways of processing information, so what is right for me might now be what is right for you. For me, it is EASY to write if I just read a few articles about the topic. While I read, I get ideas, and I write a sentence. But the sentence needs to be explained, so I write another sentence! Then, I write one more and conclude the paragraph!

So... writing and reading and writing and reading...

When I first took the CBEST test, I went in without preparation. I past the writing section the first time; the other sections I scored just below 41. Since most test takers write extensively, they will pass the write portion of the test. However, there are test takers that struggle with writing and placing their ideas in written form.

Back to Basics
The CBEST test, you are given two essay prompts: The Writing test consists of two essay questions. One of the essay questions asks examinees to write about a remembered experience. The other question is designed to elicit expository prose that will permit writers to demonstrate their analytic skills (CBEST, 2013).

You are only given two pages for each essay, so your writing must be concise and articulate. Recall the five paragraph essay: the introduction, one paragraph; the body, three paragraphs; the conclusion, one paragraph. Remember, you are not writing a thesis or dissertation, keep it simple.

Most CBEST study guides have examples of an essay. Read several times the ones that are scored as “4” and “3”. Then read the ones that are less than “3” once to compare.

Use a regular school note pad or paper to practice handwriting your essay to simulate the test.

Below, I have provided you with past writing prompts from the Learning Resource Center at CSU Northridge. Here is the link, http://www.csun.edu/~hflrc006/ep16et.html

1. Technology is very much a part of modern life. Many people see technology as a force that has escaped from human control. Others feel that technology has improved the quality of life. Do you think that the contribution technology has made to modern life has been positive or negative? State your position on this issue and support it with appropriate examples.
2. Imagine that you could have made one change in your college experience. Explain what change you would have made and what difference it would have made.
3. Many childhood experiences leave lifelong impressions on people. Write an essay in which you describe a memorable childhood experience and explain its effect on your life.
4. "The U.S. is becoming a nation of spectators--people who prefer to sit back and observe rather than a nation of doers. " Explain why you agree or disagree with the quotation above. Support your position with examples from your readings, observations, or experiences.
5. Think of one course taken in either high school or college that has had particular significance for you and explain why this course has had such an impact.
6. Wanting something and not getting it can be very disappointing, but wanting something and then getting it can be disappointing too. Have you ever wanted something, gotten it, and then were disappointed? Describe these disappointments.
7. In American sports, there have recently developed two philosophies. One philosophy is win at any cost. The other philosophy is fair play or sportsmanship. Choose the philosophy you feel is prevalent in America today and give reasons why you feel that philosophy is prevalent.
8. Throughout your school life you may have taken a particular course about which you had certain expectations which may not have been met. Describe your expectations and how that course did not satisfy those expectations.
9. Some students can look back on their years in school and pinpoint one particular course or one particular teacher most instrumental in shaping their lives. Reflect on your own school years and focus on one such instructor or course. Describe the conditions or qualities that made that particular experience or teacher special.
10. A recent movement in education has been called "Back to Basics." Its proponents argue that the curriculum should concentrate only on reading, writing and mathematics skills and completely ignore such courses as sociology, art appreciation, and drama. Imagine that you are a school principal faced with the task of making policy for your school. Present your argument(s) either for or against "Back to Basics."

CBEST. (2013, June 4). CBEST. Retrieved from CBEST: http://www.cbest.nesinc.com/PDFs/CBESTUpdatedTestSpecs.pdf

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