Praxis II scores raw/scaled?

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  1. gatorlv

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    Thanks so much!
     
  2. jgm

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    I took the Biology Praxis 2 and I got a raw score of 142. The test had 150 questions on it. I need a 155 to pass for my state. The testing people said the raw score shows 1 point per question answered correctly. Some questions may be weighed more than the other. They said I will received my actual score later this month. Does that mean I got 142 questions right out of 150? Did I pass?
     
  3. TeacherGroupie

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    jgm, I don't know exactly which Praxis biology test you took, though there's probably only one with 150 questions; you'll forgive me, I hope, if I don't have the numbers memorized and if I don't look up the specifics.

    For most Praxis tests that consist of multiple choice (A, B, C, D) questions, a certain percentage of the questions don't count either for you or against you; the Study Companion for your test will mention that this is a possibility, if it's the case for your test. The percentage of questions not counted is typically at least 10%, and it would seem from people's discussions of raw scores that the raw score onscreen excludes the non-scoring questions. All of this being the case, I would expect, given a Praxis test with 150 multiple choice questions, that the maximum achievable raw score would be 135. In that case, your 142 would be a scaled score.

    On the other hand, if your 142 IS a raw score, you aced this thing.

    Keep us informed, please, so I know whether to extend you a high-five or a hug of sympathy.
     
  4. jgm

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    Thank you so much! I'm starting to think the 142 is the scaled score, the way you put it, but the testing people kept saying it was my raw score...I called twice haha!! I took the Biology 5235 and the study companion did say all questions may not be scored. I will keep you posted either way! Thanks for your help.
     
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    Hi. I took the Praxis 5440 Middle School Science test today. My unofficial total score was 172. When I divided the number I got right out of the 125 questions on the test, I got 64% correct. I need 150 to pass. Is there any chance my official score will be below 150?
     
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    You were right. The 142 was my scaled score. I took it again and passed though..so all is well! Thanks for your help!
     
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    I've answered this in the thread to which you posted earlier.
     
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    Congratulations, and I'm delighted to have been useful.
     
  9. jgm

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    I'm not an expert, but I made many phone calls to ETS to figure out my score. They weren't really much help, but from my experience, I would say you passed if your test was all multiple choice! I don't think your score would go down.
     
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    I took the Praxis 5038 today....and instead of what I think was a raw score...a 179 came upon the screen. Would this be an unofficial scaled score? I dream it is!!! Thanks!!!
     
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    RuthInJersey, I'm not recalling 5038 off the top of my head, but if it had substantially fewer than 200 questions, I think we can be fairly confident that your 179 is a scaled score. Let me offer unofficial congratulations, and please keep us in the loop.
     
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    It is the English Language Arts Content Knowledge...there are 130 questions...maybe 5 had you select 3 answers instead of one. All multiple-choice. In NJ I need a 167.
     
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    130 questions plus two extra points on each of five questions still only adds up to 140, and Praxis generally counts correct selected responses at one point each, and that 140 almost certainly includes some questions that aren't being counted for or against you. I will be surprised, RuthInJersey, and more than slightly vexed, if we find you didn't pass.
     
  14. Maryland

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    Yes
     
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    Hi there,
    Please help! I took the theatre praxis last week and got a raw score of 197 (there are 120 questions). Today I took English 5038, 130 questions, and got 196.
    It did not say passed or not and I checked with the woman at the desk and she confirmed that it doesnt. It also didn't flash any "unofficial score"
    Now I know I got some wrong but I am dead certain I didn't get half wrong s it can't be two points per question. Can anyone help? I'm jumping out of my skin. I need 153 and 167 respectively. Did I pass?

    I have a PhD in theater and an MA in English but of course some of the methodology stuff was new to me, as were some of the ways grammar was labelled in my book, but I did study (the theatre book was useless but the online test was not bad; however if you hadn't worked professionally in theater or taught there's quite a lot you just wouldn't know. Maybe there are other prep books out there. The Cirrus book I had for the English was good but some of the classroom stuff just is new to me).

    I was averaging in the 80s percentage wise on practice tests. I just don't know what to make of these numbers.

    I've been working as a journalist for the past decade or so, and before when I taught it was at the college level so I know I have work to do. Eager to do it though! (Anyone else wh took the English actually pause to enjoy reading when they gave you a poem? I know I did!)
     
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    If the theatre Praxis has 120 questions, it's probably a content-knowledge test and strictly multiple choice. Raw scores seem to be broken down by domain, and the total would add up to either 120 or, more likely, a number rather less than 120 because some questions are probably non-scoring questions. For 5038, the story is somewhat different - but, as I explained to RuthInJersey above, the total number of raw points available really can't be more than 150. In short, let me tender you unofficial congratulations on passing both exams.
     
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    I hope you are right! It did say "raw score" though... One was 120 questions, second was 130. The English one did have some questions which had more than one answer but couldn't have been more than 10 tops. Theatre I think only had at most 4. I hope you're right!

    Oh and yes both tests were content knowledge and multiple choice.

    Will the scores when I see them give percentiles (not that it matters because I'm told schools don't look at your scores but I'm curious)?

    Thanks for the unofficial congratulations!

    I wish you could get the test back with the right answers.
     
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    I took that test today. It was HARD! I'm in NJ too.
     
  19. TeacherGroupie

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    Your score report will give you some idea whether you did better than the mass of test takers or worse, but not to the point of assigning percentages. The information at https://www.ets.org/praxis/scores/understand/ will make more sense once you receive your official score report.
     
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    Thanks! I was wondering if there was any way to know what the total possible was... I guess it's all the digging out of SAT scores I had to go through lol.

    But that makes sense and explains a bit how schools don't care how much you passed by. That's a good thing!

    Seems jerseyGirl and I took same test in same state and had same experience, a confusing "raw score" with way more points than there are questions. And since you can't take any notes with you I didn't bother to memorize individual section scores (and no way to track them anyway as they aren't labelled in the test)
     

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