About Scores from Practice Tests

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  1. thelyoness83

    thelyoness83 Rookie

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    I am studying and practicing for a Praxis exam. I bought the practice tests from the official testing site. I am scoring between a 170-165. I need a 144 on the exam. How different could the practice be from the actual test? Is it likely to have that much a difference in question difficulty is the exam from the practice tests?
     
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    Honestly, I would keep studying, especially the questions/subject matter where you are weak. The practice exams, imho, are structured the same, but the questions asked on the real deal may be more in depth. If you are, for instance, missing questions that deal with the ocean, while getting most right when asked about land ecosystems, that suggests that you don't have the kind of grasp on ecosystems that allows you to see the similarities between land and marine systems. I would, in that case, deepen what I know about ecosystems overall, and then make sure I understood the similarities and differences between the two types of systems. The Praxis exam is more likely, in my experience, to go into that depth of knowledge. My example is about science, but I have used the same study techniques for Elem. Ed., and MS certificates in ELA, SS, and Science. My goal was to be right at the score of 195-200 on the practice exams before taking the real exam, mostly because I can't stand the idea of taking a test twice. I would also suggest looking at practice CLEP exams in the subject matter, if available, to increase depth and breadth of knowledge. You can find them for free online.

    I would prefer to over prepare and know more than I need to over having to retake the exam. Maybe that explains my logic. Fortunately, my prep has always been more than adequate using these guidelines, so I've never had to take an exam twice. I always figured being over prepared saved me time and money in the long run.
     
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    It's important, when using practice tests, not to depend on the practice test to reflect the real thing faithfully. Some practice tests haven't changed since the first half of the last decade, though questions in the various versions of the actual test may reflect new standards or areas of the test standards that aren't addressed in the practice test(s). In other words, the wise test taker will EXPECT the test on test day to pose some surprises.

    With that said, consistently scoring 20 points over the passing score for your state is a good sign. But it would be wise to go through the test standards - these are laid out in the Tests at a Glance or Study Companion or whatever Praxis is calling that free doc - to find content that's less familiar to you, and it would be wise to go through the questions you've missed on the practice tests to find other content that's less familiar, and to put more effort into shoring up your grasp of that content.
     
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    I just took the VCLA reading and writing test. I got a 74% on reading and 88% on writing. Does anyone know if this is passing?
     
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    Welcome to A to Z!

    I wouldn't hazard a guess right now, no, because the writing section of VCLA includes an essay component that won't yet have been graded.

    You might want to check into the Basic Skills Tests subforum here on A to Z: that's where VCLA is discussed, and the subforum has several reasonably current threads on VCLA and its scoring.
     
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    Ok thank you
     
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    Thanks. Totally makes sense. I guess I kind of already knew the answer to my question but wanted to know what others’ experiences were like. I recently took the English 5- adult and used similar strategies. I was scoring a 163 on the practice tests....scored a 163 on the actual test. So I did not improve much but I passed. The practice tests on that one were very similar to the actual test, but I didn’t know if that was typical.
     
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    Updating for anyone who might come across this: I scored 159 on the actual test, which is a little less than what I was getting on the practice. This 5 point difference could have made a huge difference on passing or failing, depending on your state’s scores. It was enough for me to pass luckily.
    There’s multiple personal factors on why I scored less than the practice because they were so very similar. I highly recommend purchasing the practice tests.
     
  10. futuremathsprof

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    I am confused, did you get a 163 or 159?
     
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    Sorry! I was referring to my first post. I scored a 170 and 165 on the practice test for the Educational Leadership 5412. I ended up getting a 159 on the actual test.
    The 163 was on the English 9-adult.
    Either way, on both tests, the practice tests were really beneficial and I would recommend them.
     
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    Thank you for clarifying! :D
     

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