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The Criteria Basic Skills Test (CBST) is often used in screening job candidates for entry level positions in many fields, including: sales, customer service, administrative, and clerical roles. The CBST test measure the candidate’s basic math and verbal skills. It contains 40 questions which must be answered within 20 minutes.  There are four types of questions that appear on the CBST test:  basic grammar, spelling, math, and language skills. 

For the verbal skills questions you will be required to:

  • Understand written materials
  • Identify correctly punctuated sentences
  • Identify correctly spelled words
  • Pay close attention to details

The math skills questions will include questions in:

  • Basic arithmetic
  • Numerical Problem Solving

Unlike the Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test, CBST test takers are expected to answer all of the questions and the average score is rather high at 31. This means that if you are aiming to score amongst the top 25% of test takers, you can only make 4 mistakes. 

The questions on the CBST are not extraordinarily difficult; as the name of the test indicates, this is in fact a test of basic skills. However, given the extreme time pressure and the high score most employers require applicants to receive, practicing for this test is a must! 

Sometimes the most basic skills are ones used least and brushing up on them can only be advantageous.
JobTestPrep invites you to prepare for the Criteria Basic Skills Test with our exclusive CBST practice pack. 


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  • 4 CBST Practice Tests 
  • 5 Comprehensive Study Guides
  • Fully detailed explanations teaching the simplest & quickest methods
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