Praxis 5623 (5-9 PLT)

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  1. Tom2718281

    Tom2718281 New Member

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    Hello all,

    I just took this exam and I'm both worried and a bit confused. I studied too little/too late and am pretty pessimistic about what my score will be.

    But what I came here to ask about was the fact that I didn't receive any kind of score at the test center. I know I have to wait for official scores, and I have to wait for the constructed response section to be graded. Still, I thought there would be something - at least a raw score - for the multiple choice section. So, I ended up submitting the score despite my pessimism because I figured what can it hurt? And I wanted to get credit if I did happen to pass.

    My other question is about the re-take policy. According to the ETS site, I'm allowed to retake the test 21 days after my initial test date if I want. I figured that's what I would end up doing, but now I'm seeing on the website that the scores for this testing window won't even be available until Dec. 8, which is clearly over 21 days from today (Nov. 9)! If I don't get my score until Dec. 8 and it turns out bad, how long am I realistically looking at having to wait until I can retake it?

    Thanks for any help or enlightenment, pretty panicked right now.

    Tom
     
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  3. TeacherGroupie

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    Hugs, Tom2718281, and welcome to A to Z.

    Submitting your score in spite of your disquiet was a good decision. Praxis doesn't refund the test fees when people choose not to submit your scores, so you'd still have paid but you'd have received no official results. (When you get your official results, please save them and please look through the whole score report: Praxis is pretty good about breaking raw-score performance down by test domain, and seeing how one did in which domain can be very helpful for someone retaking a test.)

    Why didn't you see unofficial results at the end of the test session? You mentioned that 5623 includes constructed response questions. That is quite likely a reason that you didn't see unofficial results at the end of the test session: strong constructed responses can help compensate for a weaker performance in multiple choice and vice versa - but coonstructed responses are scored at least partly by human beings, who are not on call during every test session. (It's to test takers' advantage that scoring is done by humans: they can exercise judgment in favor of a response that satisfies a test prompt but does so unconventionally.)

    In addition, it's likely that either 5623 is a brand-new test altogether, or the version of 5623 is a new version. The decision as to what raw score equates to what scaled score, and the decisions as to how various questions are weighted, are based in part on actual results from the first several months of testing.

    As for when you can retake, let me repeat what you said: "According to the ETS site, I'm allowed to retake the test 21 days after my initial test date." Find the day on which you took 5623 and count forward three weeks (or more, if Praxis is defining "day" as 'Monday through Friday'), and that's the day on which you'd be eligible to retake if your test is offered that day. If it isn't, you'd be eligible for the first date after that day on which the test in question is next offered. For instance, today is Nov. 9: if you took the test today (and assuming that), and if it were offered continuously rather than in test windows, you should be eligible to retake on or after Nov. 30. In fact, if you want, you could try signing up right now for another test date; as long as it's after Nov. 30, chances are good that Praxis will let you sign up. (Check the test-fee refund policy, though: I can't remember whether Praxis still gives refunds automatically to test takers who discover they actually passed the test they were sure they'd flubbed.)
     
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    I cannot offer anywhere near as much information as TeacherGroupie has (this is her area of expertise), but I remember my own PLT felt like a disaster and I was sure I failed. Heck, I had been told to put down my pencil in the middle of a word. My husband was waiting for me as I walked out of the building dejectedly, and he looked amused as he told me I looked just like every other candidate who walked out of the test.

    I passed on the first try. There's a good chance you did as well. Hang in there for the results.
     
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    Thank you both for all the advice and support, I really appreciate it. It never even occurred to me that I might be able to register for a new test before I get my current scores back. I will contact ETS and ask them what their refund policy is for such cases.
     
  6. TeacherGroupie

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    The refund policy should be posted on the website.
     

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