Praxis 5001 Unofficial Scaled Score Question

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  1. KBro

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    I just took my Praxis 5001 set of tests and at the end received both raw scores and an unofficial scaled score. My scores seemed good with Literacy- 199 Math- 196 Social Studies- 195 and Science- 199 but when I looked at the raw scores it seems like there is no way they could be that good. I understand that the score is scaled but could they really be that different? For reference, my raw scores were Literacy- 27/33 Math 15/7/11 Social Studies 21/13/11 and Science 15/16/17. The only other thing I could think is that I copied down the raw scores incorrectly because I was nervous/excited and in a hurry. I hadn't originally planned to copy the raw after seeing my scaled but decided to at the last minute.

    Mostly just wondering if it is really safe to celebrate passing or if I should think that my official scaled score will be vastly different from the unofficial. Thanks for any help!
     
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  3. TeacherGroupie

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    In practice, it doesn't seem to be the case that a lower scaled score is reported on the official score report than showed up unofficially right after the test.
     
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    Thank you! that helps put my mind at ease.
     
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    I had a similar experience of seeing a larger scaled score on three of the four tests. My raw scores when added together and divided by number of questions did not match up. But, after reading several posts I believe some questions may not count towards the scaled score. We shall see.
     
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    For what it's worth, when I got my official scores, they were identical to the unofficial scores. Hope yours will be as well!
     
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    I took mine and had the same thoughts it is out of 200 points (each subject) so it seems like you did outstanding!
     
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    Technically, not out of 200 points, no. Praxis uses a scale from 100 to 200, so there are 100 scaled points available and KBro's 195 in social studies is functionally 95 of them. But, yes, KBro: those are outstanding scores! The raw scores you copied down are, I think, raw scores by domain within a subtest: I mean, your "27/33" for the literacy subtest COULD be 27 out of 33, but you have three numbers for each of the other three subtests, and the third number is the smallest in all three cases.

    There are certainly questions on these tests that aren't counted, so the maximum number of raw points a test taker can earn is less than the maximum number of questions (or of scored parts of questions, since Praxis has taken to composing selected-response questions that allow of multiple answers). It's also the case that questions aren't weighted equally, and that's another reason that there isn't a very straightforward mapping between raw points and scaled ones.
     
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    It can get quite confusing. For example, in the math portion of Praxis 5001, there were 50 questions. My raw score was 35 /50 but my scaled score ended up a 191! I was in disbelief because that is really only 70% (170 scaled). However, if a portion of the questions do not count, I guess that is how the scaled score increased. No complaints here though! :) Either way I believe it’s enough to pass.
     
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    The last time I checked Praxis' long list of passing scores by test and state, there weren't any tests in for which any state's passing score exceeded 175 or so. Yes, Becca9640: you should be fine.
     
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    Thanks! I’m sure those were all scaled scores. Waiting is the hard part. But the main one I’m concerned about is reading because I got 45 of 80. The scaled score was 168. Again, if it were strictly a percentage of correct questions, I would be 1 point shy of the needed score of 157. But I saw a (assuming) scaled score of 168 above the box of raw scores. Hoping for the best!
     
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    If you saw BOTH raw scores AND that three-digit number, it's certainly your scaled score. And again: not only is it that some questions aren't counted, it's also the case that questions can be weighted differently. This is why, when people ask me to guess from their raw scores what their scaled scores might be or whether they've passed, I tend to hedge. Without knowing both the test version and the algorithm that Praxis uses for THAT test version to compute scaled score from raw score, that's simply a limb out on which I do not care to crawl.
     
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    Thanks! Now to the hard part of getting offered a position. Onward!
     

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