Praxis II 5161

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  1. alexf322

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    So today I took the 60 questions 5161 exam. Just a few questions:

    1) Since some questions were multiple choice and some were open response, are all of these graded in my raw score.
    2) My raw score was a 27 for the one section and 11 for the second section of the test, any idea how this may correlate to passing.
    3) I am from NJ so on the NJ website I need a 160 to pass but my GPA is a 3.7 overall, so I really only need a 152 correct?

    Sorry for the three questions, I am just curious and did not want to make three threads, thanks!
     
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  3. TeacherGroupie

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    Three closely related questions in one thread is just fine.

    1. If there are open response questions, they all count. They may not have been scored yet, however, because often they're scored by real live readers, and that generally takes more than a day.

    2. Teacher tests as a class are scored in the aggregate: that is, if the test (or subtest) has two sections, it isn't the case that one needs to score well on both sections so much as that one needs to collect enough points to pass the whole thing. Your raw score so far is 38: if all questions were multiple choice, that would give you somewhat over 60%.

    3. I don't track New Jersey's scoring, but if I'm right about your open responses not having been scored yet, I don't think you're going to need the boost from your GPA.
     
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    Thanks, I guess I will have to wait until the first week of May to find out how I did!
     
  5. TeacherGroupie

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    'Fraid so. Find something to do with your brains and energy that isn't twitching about the results, please, okay?
     
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    With student teaching and last semester of college I will have plenty to keep me occupied, thanks!
     
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    Hello ,
    I took it too early this month and I got a 24 and 8 , but did not get a score NS. I really not sure what that means because it was my second time taking it . Last time I took it I had a score.
     
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    bitou2010, what did you get as a raw score when it gave you a failing score? or did it not give you a raw score, just the final score?
     
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    My test just gave me a raw score 24 and 8 , but not a scaled score
     
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    On a teacher test, a multiple-choice raw score represents the number of questions gotten right. A constructed-response raw score is generally the sum (if a Pearson test, like Florida's or Massachusetts's) or the average (=mean, and if a Praxis or ETS test) of the points awarded by the two scorers per question. Points are awarded on a scale from 0 or 1 to 3, 4, 5, or 6, depending on the test - so it IS possible to get partial credit. Praxis is in the habit of giving numerical raw scores by section even though what one passes is the whole test; Pearson instead uses diagnostic indicators, in the form of one to four plus marks and, for constructed responses, alphabetic or symbolic indications of where the test taker came up short.

    The scaled score is the result of running the raw score(s) through an algorithm that weights the various questions and calculates a final score that encompasses the lot.
     
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    In this case instead of constructed responses we had numerical entries responses. My question is that are they graded the same as constructed responses?
     
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    Just found out I passed the revised math content knowledge exam 5161 with a score of 171! I think I'll get a ROE award. Good luck all!
     
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    Congratulations, alexf322!
     
  14. ZTaylor3

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    I just took my praxis and was shown a score of 148 right away. Is this my final score? I know there were numerical entry problems and wouldn't think they would've been scored yet. But I'm not sure and it's starting to be stressful. Any information? Thank you
     
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    teaching certificate

    I recently completed my Ph.D. in mathematics from an Indian university. Can I teach in high schools in the United States if I get a score of more than 160 in Praxis II-5161 exam?

    p.s. : I stay in Michigan on a dependent visa.
     
  16. TeacherGroupie

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    Welcome to A to Z, anshi_86.

    Let me begin by noting that I don't know how your specific visa will affect your eligibility to work in the US: that would be a good question to put to the nearest Indian consulate, to begin with, or - if the person you're here with is working for or at a university - there might be an office on campus that can help.

    In the US, education is primarily a function of the individual states. Praxis exams are accepted in a number of states, but Michigan is not one of them. Instead, Michigan has its own series of tests. Here's a link to information about the math test: http://www.mttc.nesinc.com/MI_PM.asp?t=022.

    The chances are that you'll need to complete some kind of teacher training. The Web site of the Michigan state department of education should clarify this. You could also ask at the nearest university with a school of education.
     
  17. anshi_86

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    Hi,

    Apart from Praxis, what exams does one need to give for Math teaching certification in New Jersey?

    I got a score of 200, what else needs to be done?



     
  18. vickilyn

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    Prior to September of this year, you don't have to meet the new basic skills test rule, and as long as you have a bio class for the hygiene requirement, you are pretty much good to go. If you don't have student teaching experience, you will need the 24 hour preservice requirement. It is pretty straight forward on the NJDOE website under certification and licensure.

    Good luck.
     
  19. TeacherGroupie

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    New Jersey is a Praxis state, so you don't need an additional test in math subject matter.
     
  20. Jeremy

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    Failed Praxis 5161 twice

    I've missed the passing score of 160 by 20pts each time I've taken the Praxis 5161. I downloaded Praxis2Math practice problems, but learning them did not help. Can some one lead me to a good study guide?
     
  21. anshi_86

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    Thanks for the information. I am affiliated with an organization in Detroit and have been tutoring high school kids for the past 8 months. Does that count for a student teaching experience?

     

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