About the CBASE Test

In response to recent changes made  by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners in July (2020), the Gleazer School of Education has adjusted its Teacher Education Program admissions process. 

The Graceland Teacher Education Program's  admissions criteria will now include taking the online CBASE exam; the requirement is designed to help us better prepare our education candidates for the Praxis II Content exams which are required to earn Iowa teaching licensing.  

Beginning August 2020,  all students who have not yet been admitted to the Graceland Teacher Education Program (regardless of how many CBASE attempts made or sections passed) will be required to take the full online CBASE exam (Math, English, Science,  Social Studies, and Writing).  The GSOE will be utilizing a pre-established baseline score to determine a standard level of proficiency in each area; however, simply completing the online exam will meet this criteria for admission into the program.  Those students who have passed the MOGEA exam will be the only candidates exempt from this requirement.

The CBASE scores will be analyzed to assess each candidate's preparedness. The scores will be utilized to identify the areas in which candidates may need improvement.  This knowledge will help you to better prepare for your future Praxis II exams and to assist the GSOE faculty in promoting candidate success. 

Subjects Covered

The CBASE Online exam is timed.  At the end of the allotted time for each section, the students will be moved to the next section.  If a student completes a section before the allotted time, the student may move on to the next section, but the student is not allowed to return to any of the completed sections of the exam. 

The CBASE Online exam includes a writing exercise that the student is given 40 minutes to complete, and a multiple-choice component divided into four subjects, English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.  Each subject area of CBASE is allotted 30 minutes to complete. 

English (14 questions)

  • Reading/Literature - Understand literature by reading critically and analytically.
  • Writing - Complete a writing exercise to demonstrate an understanding of written English conventions. Understand writing as a process.

Mathematics (19 questions)
  • General Math - Demonstrate an ability to use statistics, properties, and notations. Understand the practical applications of math.
  • Algebra - Be able to evaluate expressions, equations, and inequalities.
  • Geometry - Understand two and three dimensional figures as well as geometrical calculations
 
Science (20 questions)
  • Laboratory/field work and Fundamental Concepts - Lab/field techniques, observation, Physical sciences, interpreting results and life sciences

 

Social Studies (20 questions)
  • History and Social Science- Significance of US and world events, geography, politics, social science

 

Testing Day Requirements

Students what to bring and what not to bring

  • CBASE Confirmation Email
  • Photo ID
  • Your Social Security Number (don't need to bring card)
  • Two pencils
  • Cell phones are NOT allowed at the testing site
  • Food and beverages are NOT allowed at the testing site

Provided for You

  • Calculator
  • Practice paper (during Math)

Time to Complete

The exam will take approximately three hours to complete including time for instructions, writing exercise, a break, and multiple choice questions. You are not allowed to have food and beverages in the testing site, so it's a good idea to eat prior to the test. You will be given a short break during the testing period. You should arrive at the test site 20 - 30 minutes prior to the testing time. Late arrivals will not be admitted.

After the Test

Upon completion of the exam, students will receive a completion email with their scores in English, Math, Social Studies, and Science. The essay portion of the exam will be scored within two weeks of the exam completion, and the score for that portion will be sent at that time.

The GSOE will be utilizing a pre-established baseline score to determine a standard level of proficiency in each area, and utilized to identify the areas in which candidates may need improvement.  This knowledge will help you to better prepare for your future Praxis II exams and to assist the GSOE faculty in promoting candidate success. 

Current CBASE Policy

Our goal is to have students who start our program, finish our program with license in hand.

In response to recent changes made  by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners in July (2020), the Gleazer School of Education has adjusted its Teacher Education Program admissions process. 

The Graceland Teacher Education Program's  admissions criteria will now include taking the online CBASE exam; the requirement is designed to help us better prepare our education candidates for the Praxis II Content exams which are required to earn Iowa teaching licensing.  

Beginning August 2020,  all students who have not yet been admitted to the Graceland Teacher Education Program (regardless of how many CBASE attempts made or sections passed) will be required to take the full online CBASE exam (Math, English, Science,  Social Studies, and Writing).  The GSOE will be utilizing a pre-established baseline score to determine a standard level of proficiency in each area; however, simply completing the online exam will meet this criteria for admission into the program.  Those students who have passed the MOGEA exam will be the only candidates exempt from this requirement.

The CBASE scores will be analyzed to assess each candidate's preparedness. The scores will be utilized to identify the areas in which candidates may need improvement.  This knowledge will help you to better prepare for your future Praxis II exams and to assist the GSOE faculty in promoting candidate success. 

Contact your advisor with any questions or concerns you might have.

 

 

Before the Test

  • Prepare for the exam by studying for the type of exam given. If it is a multiple choice exam, create flash cards that help you memorize the material. If you must write an essay, create outlines that help you see the relationships in the material.
  • Get a good night's rest prior to the test day and eat a healthy breakfast or lunch on the day of the exam (don't overeat!)
  • Bring a watch to your exam - it will help you manage your time during the test.

When You Begin

  • Take a deep breath to relax. Anxiety may reduce your confidence and be an obstacle to doing your best.
  • Preview the whole test briefly before you begin (if allowed). This will help get you warmed up to take the test and allow you to note the way the test is organized.
  • Figure out how much time you have for each section of the test and how much each section is worth. Allocate your time accordingly - don't spend the whole test on a section that is worth only 10 points.

During the Test

  • ALWAYS read the directions before you work on a section. Circle key words of importance such as compare, contrast, similar, and different. Failing to read directions can cause you to completely misjudge what the test is asking.
  • Ask the proctor to explain directions you don't understand.
  • Divide and conquer! Answer the easy questions first to build confidence. This will also allow you to rack up as many points as possible right from the start. However, always be sure to mark the questions you don't answer right away so you can go back to them.
  • Pace yourself. Check your watch from time to time to make sure you're pacing yourself appropriately.
  • When in doubt, guess. You at least have a chance that you might guess correctly.
  • Don't let others distract you. Focus only on your own test. If others are writing and you aren't, don't panic. If others finish before you do, try not to get nervous.
  • Use any extra time to first make sure you've answered all the questions. Then, go over the more difficult questions and read them a second time. Read essays carefully for accuracy first and grammar second.
  • Don't change your initial answer unless you have a good reason to do so. Research indicates that 3 out of 4 times a first choice was probably correct.

Prepare for the CBASE

The School of Education office also has copies of study guides available in the main office.  

The Student's Guide to the CBASE Test Information

 CBASE Math Practice questions CBASE MATH

CBASE English Study Guide  CBASE ENGLISH

 

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Scholastic Study Books for Checkout!

The School of Education has purchased Scholastic reference books to help students study for English, Math, Social Studies, and Science. These books are excellent study resources that give you an overview of all four subject areas required on the CBASE.  You may check them out from the site coordinator on your campus.

If you would like having your own copy, these books are also available at any major bookstore.  Used books can be purchased on Amazon.com for less than $10.00.

Reading and Literature Help

Essay Writing Help

English Help

Aleks Study Site for Math

Go online to the ALEKS Website (www.aleks.com) and sign up for the Basic Math Program from the College Courses level section to review for the test.  The cost is $20 to download the tutoring materials for 30 days. You'll take a pre-test and then work on any deficit areas.  More details are available at www.aleks.com/about_aleks .

Tips From Students Who Passed

  • Attend the CBASE workshops.
  • Take advantage of the study materials available in the Education office.
  • Take the test every time it's offered.  Don't wait.
  • Devote time  to study for the test. Be determined to pass.
  • Find tutors for the specific areas where you are struggling.

Websites

Online Study Guides

The following study guides include sample English and Math questions as well as valuable test-taking tips.
 
 
 
 

Standardized Test Help

Essay Help from the Writing Center

Graceland's Writing Center is devoted to assisting students with writing skills like the essay portion of the CBASE.  Lamoni students can set up face-to-face tutoring appointments in the Library.  
 
 
Contact the Writing Center
Dr. Roger Powell, Writing Center Director
(641) 784-5077
 
 

Graceland CBASE Testing Dates

Lamoni Campus – Wednesdays  4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 (registration deadline is 9/4/20)

Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 (registration deadline is 10/23/20)

 

 

Independence Campus – Saturdays (Auditorium) 9:00 a.m.

September 19, 2020 (registration deadline is 9/14/20)

 

 

Register On-Site

Students may also register with the site coordinator on campus: Lamoni Campus - Garnet Coulthard; Independence Campus - Susan Freeze. They will need to pay the $60 fee at the time of registration. Graceland University students may choose to charge their student account, or may pay with cash or personal check. A receipt will be given to you for entrance into the exam.  

Special Accommodations

Graceland will provide reasonable accommodations to any individual who presents documentation of a physical or mental disability. Meet with Diana Jones, Director of Student Disabilities Services: dianaj@graceland.edu  | (641) 784-5083 } Office Lower Level of the Library.  Diana will complete the required forms and help you register online for the test.  You may give Diana cash or check for the $60 fee, or we can charge your student account.

Non-Native Speakers 
If English is not your native language, you may also be eligible to receive accommodations for additional time when taking the test. Follow the same process above with Diana Jones.