Discussion in 'Basic Skills Tests' started by englteacher, May 22, 2011.
Mar 15, 2019
I only need 243 points to pass
You say that you only need 243 points to pass. Which of the two scores are you considering as "a done deal"? Of course, the truth is that you simply need that composite score of 470 or better.
Your reading score seems a little low, so may be the score "in hand". The writing score is decent for what we know. Were you able to complete the writing assignments? Do you feel like you followed the VCLA guidelines on length, number of paragraphs, and how is your spelling overall? You don't have to actually give me any of those answers, but they are factors to consider. The best news I can give you is that you will only have to wait for 10 days to get your score. Just curious - is 227 your highest score to date on the reading portion of the test?
Yay a response ok yes 227 is the highest ive gotten on the reading. Yes i believe i follwed the formats. I was within both word counts 175 for the summary and around 350 to 400 for the essay. I know for sure the essay had 5 to 6 paragraphs. I believe the summary did as well. I tool took notes while reading the summary. Just curious....do you know the raw score numbers for those precentages? Thanks for answering
Mar 16, 2019
The problem is that on the writing portion, the score you are shown is only for the multiple choice, so everything will hinge on your essay. If you don't mind me asking, how many times have you taken the test? My son was stressing on this thing just a few months ago, which is the only reason that I follow this thread. The best person to help you overall is Teacher Groupie, but even she can't predict the score on the writing based on the raw score - too many variables. If you score above 235 on the writing, but don't pass with the 470, I would suggest attacking the reading portion of the test, using both of the practice tests that are available to you. I think you have a shot at passing with the score provided, but the raw score is less predictive (to me) for the writing portion than the raw score for the reading test. Try to take some deep breaths, be grateful that the wait is only 10 days, and if you don't pass, post here with the breakdown of where you are struggling (shown when you get your results), and Teacher Groupie may suggest some resources that will make your study more productive and successful. I personally think that the time works against many, since it is a stress producer. Follow up with your scores, and if you haven't passed quite yet, you will likely get some solid suggestions to help you on this forum.
By the way - welcome!
Ive taken this thing 11 times . Ive used the practice test each time. Ive had tutoring. Ive had a book. At this point i dont know what else to do
Well, since we can't change anything right this moment, let me just say that I will keep my fingers crossed with you. Doesn't seem like much, but just know that you are not alone, OK? Good thoughts, and don't stress as you wait, because it won't do you any good.
Has the reading portion been a real problem for you, or is that score typical of what you have been getting? Know that there are many here who will share your pain and frustration, but for this next week, fingers crossed and happy thoughts. Are you taking the test for a job, or to move forward in the teaching program? I'm going to admit that's just me being nosy.
I did notice that the contractions in the post above this have been spelled without the apostrophe, so Ive instead of I've. Sometimes that is just because you are typing on your phone - it's easier. However, it can become a habit that is hard to break. Always the teacher, I just notice details. Fingers crossed and good wishes for the next 10 days!
I appreciate your noseiness lol
I'm rhe same way. Yes, I'm typing on my phone and tend to just let things be. But when I'm writing an essay, especially on thus tedt I'm very conscious about my punctuation. My scores have been up and down. The highest I've ever gotten on my reading was 226. This 80% was the highest ever on my writing as a subscore so I'm pretty stoked about that. My provisional expired 2 years ago. This is the only thing thats standing in my way of getting my license back.
While we're waiting for those scores, feel free to explore the forums. There's a lot of experience written in these threads, so it might be worth some exploration - and it will keep your mind off having to wait. Enjoy!
I appreciate all of your input. I thought i would have to wait days for a response. I feel a little more at ease. I just wish i knew what the 80% equated to. I feel pretty goid about my summary and essay. The essay was a relatable topic. And the summary i fed back a lot if the facts that were already there. Fingers crossed
That I can help you with. That 80% means you scored 80% correct on the multiple choice section of the writing exam. Yeah! However, it doesn't include any scoring of your essay, which is why I asked all of those questions about whether you were able to finish the essay, follow the guidelines, spelling, and so on. That part has to be scored by a real person. The computer can easily figure out whether or not you got the right answers on the multiple choice, but it takes a real person to read your essay, look at how you constructed your essay, how you followed directions, etc.. Obviously, the higher the raw score that you saw, the more points that you have already earned before your actual essay is evaluated. No one will know more until they score your essay at this point. There are members on this forum who know more about the VCLA than I do, but I think they would agree that at this point it is down to the waiting.
You might want to look for Teacher Groupie's posts on the VCLA threads - lots of good information about the test and what they are looking for. You have some free time, so explore.
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