Core Videos - CBEST Reading (Reading Sample - Central Idea/Theme/Thesis Statement)

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Click below to play a sample Core Video from our CBEST Online Prep program.  This particular video focuses on identifying the theme, thesis statement, or central idea of a passage.  You can typically expect to encounter several questions on the CBEST Reading exam that will ask you to make this type of identification.  Here we discuss what these terms mean, how to identify each, and also provide an example that illustrates a common wrong answer trap that test-takers often fall into when selecting the topic sentence of a paragraph or passage.

When you purchase any of our CBEST Online Prep programs, you'll get Core Videos like this one covering every key reading concept you need to pass.  You'll learn the same key subject matter you would in our live classes, as well as strategies for success on the various multiple choice question types you can expect on the exam.  Then, once you are confident with the underlying subject matter, you can watch our Smart-STEM Virtual Tutoring videos, in which a tutor will show you how to apply your knowledge to the specific question types you are most likely to encounter on the actual test.

Both our Core Videos and Smart-STEM Virtual Tutoring videos are included in all our Online Prep programs!


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These Core Videos Are Included in All Our CBEST Reading Online Prep Programs...

Below is a complete list of the Core Videos that are included in all our CBEST Reading Online Prep programs.  These videos have been created by our industry-leading team of Teachers and Subject Matter Experts based on the official Content Specifications published for the CBEST, along with research and feedback from students and test takers, so you get an engaging, easy-to-use, and highly-focused program that makes the absolute most of your study time and teaches you the exact content knowledge and strategy you need to pass the exam.

  • Vocabulary/Word Meaning
  • Inference
  • Central Idea/Theme/Thesis Statement (You are currently viewing this free sample video.)
  • Title
  • Purpose & Intended Audience
  • Passage Organization
  • Assumptions
  • Connectives
  • Extrapolation-Application
  • Reading for Detail
  • Compare & Contrast
  • Logic
  • Relevant Information
  • Author's POV
  • Points Supporting an Argument
  • Fact and Opinion
  • Summarizing
  • Order of Events
  • Expressions & Common Figures of Speech
  • Conclusion
  • Persuasive Techniques/Style
  • Structure/Organization
  • Where To Find Information/How To Use
  • Parts of Books
  • Graphs/Table


Enroll in CBEST Online Prep, and you can begin watching all these Core Videos right now!  You'll also get instant access to a host of other great features, including Smart-STEM Virtual Tutoring Videos in which an expert tutor will discuss each question on your full-length, CBEST Reading (Version 1) Practice Test, teaching you proven strategies for applying the subject matter knowledge you've gained from our Core Videos to the specific types of questions you are most likely to encounter on the real exam.

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