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Mysterious Testing

April 8, 2010

Yes, I’m a little preoccupied with this Praxis test thing.  It’s just over two weeks away,

I took the 90-question practice test out of an ebook and got 75 of them right.  75 out of 90 sounds pretty good, right?  That’s 83 percent.  To pass I only need…I don’t know.

The tests each have a raw-to-scaled conversion table based on the test’s relative difficulty.  I need a scaled score of 157 out of a possible 200 to pass the content knowledge test (minimum score of 100).  Al I can be sure of is my raw score.  Supposedly there are conversion tables for specific practice tests out there, though no general conversions.  I can’t find any of them.  If some other practice test told me that 83% translated to a 183 or a 143, that would at least give me a ballpark idea of where my current performance falls.  [Note: the real test has 120 questions, but I can use proportionality to get some idea, can’t I?]

This is a test that includes some education theory.  Part of education theory (even questions relevant for the test) say that students should be aware of the scoring ruberic and/or passing requirements before they take the test.  Ironic that the real passing requirements are such a mystery.

I have ordered another test prep book.  It was cheap and I should be able to recoup half the money reselling it, so I went ahead and bought it.  It may provide a conversion table, but I don’t know.  It should help.  I may be cramming for a test I could have passed the first day it was suggested or I may be wasting time prepping for a test I will never be ready for.  I’d like to know one way or the other.

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  1. April 8, 2010 7:22 pm

    I wish I could offer words of advice about Praxis, but since teaching college requires no competency examination whatsoever, I’m as in the dark as you.

    I’m quietly cheerleading for you over here, though.

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