Free CBASE Practice Test

The College Basic Academic Subjects Examination (CBASE) is administered to college students, especially those who are interested in teacher education programs. The CBASE assesses knowledge and skill in general subjects. The difficulty level of the questions is appropriate for undergraduates.

The CBASE consists of 180 multiple-choice questions in four content areas: English (41 questions), mathematics (56 questions), science (41 questions), and social studies (42 questions). The English section of the CBASE focuses on reading/literature and writing. The reading and literature questions relate to critical reading, analytical reading, and understanding literature. The writing questions center on the writing process, the conventions of standard written English, and the written essay. The mathematics section of the CBASE covers general mathematics, algebra, and geometry. The general mathematics questions include practical applications; properties and notations; and statistics. The algebra questions include expression evaluation and the solution of equations and inequalities.

The geometry questions require knowledge of two- and three-dimensional figures and geometrical calculations. The science section of the CBASE covers laboratory and field work, as well as fundamental concepts. The laboratory and field work questions relate to scientific observation and experimental design; laboratory and field work techniques; and the interpretation of research data results. The fundamental concepts questions relate to the life sciences and the physical sciences. The social studies section of the CBASE focuses on history and the social sciences. The history questions relate to significant events in United States and world history. The social sciences questions relate to geography; political and economic structures; and social science procedures.

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Practice Questions


Question 1 is based on the following text:

Jo's face was a study next day, for the secret rather weighed upon her, and she found it hard not to look mysterious and important. Meg observed it, but did not trouble herself to make inquiries, for she had learned that the best way to manage Jo was by the law of contraries, so she felt sure of being told everything if she did not ask. She was rather surprised, therefore, when the silence remained unbroken, and Jo assumed a patronizing air, which decidedly aggravated Meg, who in turn assumed an air of dignified reserve and devoted herself to her mother. This left Jo to her own devices, for Mrs. March had taken her place as nurse, and bade her rest, exercise, and amuse herself after her long confinement. Amy being gone, Laurie was her only refuge, and much as she enjoyed his society, she rather dreaded him just then, for he was an incorrigible tease, and she feared he would coax the secret from her. (Little Women by Louisa May Alcott)

1. From what point of view is this passage written?

a. First person
b. Second person
c. Third person
d. Fourth person


2. If you were testing the effectiveness of a cream that reduced the signs of wrinkles around women's eyes, which of the following would be a good control group?

a. Rats with no wrinkles
b. A group of women with no wrinkles around their eyes who are given the cream
c. A group of women with wrinkles who are given a harmless cream that has no effect
d. A group of women with wrinkles around their eyes


3. A blouse normally sells for $138, but is on sale for 25% off. What is the cost of the blouse?

a. $67
b. $103.50
c. $34.50
d. $113

Social Studies

4. Peter the Great's reign was dominated by his efforts to

a. keep Portugal out of the War of Spanish Succession.
b. create a reform program called the Peronsmo.
c. modernize and Westernize Russia.
d. prevent the union of England and Normandy.

5. Which list is in the correct chronological order?

a. Great Schism, Norman Conquest, French Revolution
b. Great Schism, French Revolution, Norman Conquest
c. Norman Conquest, Great Schism, French Revolution
d. French Revolution, Norman Conquest, Great Schism

CBASE Answers and Explanations


1. C: Point of view refers to the vantage point from which a story is written. First person uses the pronoun I. Second person uses the pronoun you. Third person uses the pronouns he/she/they. There is no fourth person point of view. This passage was written in the third person.


2. C: The best control group would be women with wrinkles around their eyes using a harmless cream that has no effect. A scientific control group is used to minimize the unintended influence of other variables on a scientific study. Such extraneous variables include researcher bias, environmental changes, and biological variation. Scientific controls ensure that data are valid, and are a vital part of the scientific method.


3. B: 25% off is equivalent to , and therefore the sale price becomes:
$138 -$34.50 = $103.50.

Social Studies

4. C: Peter the Great (Peter I) was the Russian czar from 1682-1725. His reign was dominated by his efforts to modernize and Westernize Russia. He was responsible for bringing Russia into the European sphere, creating the first Russian navy, and controlling nobility, among other things.

5. C: The Norman Conquest was the English historical period beginning in 1066. It began with the defeat of Anglo-Saxon King Harold II. With this defeat, the customs, laws, and language of the Normans was introduced in England.
The Great Schism was the division in the Roman Catholic Church from 1378-1417 when two rival popes emerged.
The French Revolution was the prolonged political and social struggle between 1789 and 1799 in France. It encompassed the regicide of the king, Louis XVI, and the queen, Marie-Antoinette, included the Reign of Terror, the establishment of the First Republic, and led to the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte as Emperor of France, leading Europe to war.


Last Updated: 07/05/2018

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