CSET Math Score Verification

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  1. Sina Aghassy

    Sina Aghassy New Member

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    Hi Guys,

    Need some advice. I have scored a 211 out of 300 on my Math Subtest 3 Test. I have passed 1 and 2 already and I felt pretty confident about this one. The multiple choice was a bit iffy for me but I passed with a 3/4 or in other terms a +++. The constructed response I thought I felt pretty confident about... however on the first question I received a P and on the second a received a CHECK. I still received a 1/4 or just a + on this portion.

    Please correct me if I am wrong... but the test is from 0-300 with the minimum score being 100. That means there are 200 attainable points. If the test is split into 70% for MC and 30% for CR that means there are 140 points for MC and 60 for CR. If I received a 3/4 that means I should receive (about) 105/140 on the MC... and if I receive a 1/4 a 15/60 on the CR. That would put me pretty darn close to the 220 if those hold up.

    Now, the CR I felt was graded wrong. If I receive a CHECK on one problem... doesn't that give the idea I deserve maybe at least a ++? The first question I may have gotten wrong but I certain I did not bomb it or leave it blank.... So is it worth asking for a score verification? I know 9 points is a long shot but I have a feeling I have a case here. Anyways... please shoot your thoughts please!
     
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  3. futuremathsprof

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    The pluses represent quartiles (25% each):

    + = 0-25% correct
    ++ = 26-50% correct
    +++ = 51%-75% correct
    ++++ = 76%-100% correct

    The only way I can see why you got 211 is that you scored on the lower end for +++. To clarify, you could have only gotten 51% of the MC correctly and your score report would indicate +++ just like it would if you got 75% of the MC correct.

    I think that’s why you didn’t pass. You probably did very well on the FRQ’s, but did so-so on the MC, which is what brought you down since it comprises 70% of the exam.

    In conclusion, I don’t think it’s worth doing the score verification because it will cost you money and also since it is exceedingly rare for scores to be changed at all, especially by as wide a margin as 9 points.

    Good luck to you next time. I would write down everything you remember and study the questions that you struggled the most with. This will help you next time you take the test.
     
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    Sina Aghassy New Member

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    Thanks for the clarification... but doesn't getting a check and only receiving a + seem off for the Constructed Response?
     
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    Hm, that’s a tough one because only the evaluators would know definitively. I would think your score would at least warrant ++ because two checks out of two would result in either a +++ or a ++++. I don’t see how a P, check would scale to a + unless one question were weighed more heavily than the other.
     
  6. TeacherGroupie

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    To be precise, the plus marks PROBABLY represent quartiles of points available - that's what makes the most sense, but it's my educated guess rather than a fact confirmed via research, and that's why, when I mention this, I always use hedge words such as "probably" and "likely".

    A checkmark on a constructed response means that one's work didn't fall far enough short of purpose, knowledge, and support to have merited p, k, or s. That's by no means the same thing as acing the response. In CSET English Subtest IV, which consists only of four constructed responses, four checkmarks can perfectly well result in a score below passing.

    To do you any good, Sina Aghassy, score verification would need to give you nine more scaled points in constructed response. That's a rather rare outcome and seems unlikely here.

    If you're confident that you grasp all the math in the questions you faced, it's possible that your responses took a different shape than the scorers expected. Are you writing paragraphs? With fairly specific exceptions, that's not the way math does business. Are you explaining as you would to a parent or a somewhat slow student who's encountering a topic for the first time? It's usually better to explain as you would to a very apt student, someone who generally gets math but happens to have been called out of the room when the topic came up - or a colleague who grasps the math on a professional level and wants to make sure you do, too.
     
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    You are right, I should be more careful with my wording. The word “probably” is more apt here for my claim about the quartiles.
     

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