# Question about scoring: Praxis II: 0012 Content Area Exercises

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Hi All,
I am new to this site and very happy that I found it. There is a wealth of useful information to be had here.

I took Praxis II 0011 and 0012 this past Saturday. I am confident that the multiple choice portion went well, however, I am feeling stressed about the content area portion. I studied till my brain was fried yet still felt uneasy while taking it. If my state passing score is 148, does any know what I would need to score on the essays (for example all 8/12, 6/12, etc.) to pass.

Thanks a Bunch,
Gemini

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Translating raw scores (8/12 etc. ) into scaled scores is an inexact science, to say the least. This is partly because it's very hard to write two questions of exactly equal difficulty, let alone twelve questions, so the algorithm that turns raw scores into scaled scores contains something like a fudge factor for each question.

But let's look at what we CAN say.

First, Praxis written responses are given raw scores on one of several sliding scales. I believe 0011 (or 0012 - I don't now recall which is which) contains only short answer questions; those would be scored on a scale from 0 to 3 by each of two readers, and your raw score for a question is the sum of your readers' scores for you. The point is that partial credit is perfectly possible.

Second, Praxis exam scaled scores are generally assigned on a scale from 100 to 200. If 148 is passing in Connecticut, then it would seem that you can miss about half of the available raw points and still have hopes of passing. (Never mind how sobering a realization that is.)

Of course, as they say in the automobile ads, Your Mileage May Vary.

Does that help at all?

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Thanks Teacher Groupie for your insight! The praxis 0012 are the four essay questions (LA, Math, SS and one integrated) which are scored by two readers with the highest score from each reader being a six and the lowest a 0. So for each question one could get 12/12 to 0/12.

If I were to get 3-4s for instance on each essay from each reader, would I have a chance at passing? I am driving myself crazy! I keep referring back to the ETS Content Knowledge 0012 study guide and looking at the sample essays and scores and trying to figure out where my essays might fit in.

This is going to be the longest month! Again, thanks so much for your help.

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Okay, gemini, let's see a little math here.

First, how many total RAW points are available?

Second, how many raw points would you get if the readers each gave you 3 on all the constructed responses but the next to last, on which one gave you 3 and the other gave you 4?

Third, what percent of the total raw score is that?

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OK I am going to give this a shot and hope it makes sense.

The total raw points available equals 48. This would be a perfect score of 6 on each of the four essays, because there are two readers- the raw score for each essay would be 12/12.

Each essay is worth 25%.

If one received 3s on three of the essays from both readers, and on the fourth essay received a 3 from one reader and a 4 from another reader, we are looking at 25 raw points. I may be way off here could this possibly be a passing score?

My state requires a scaled score of 148 to pass Praxis 0012 (elementary school content area exercises). My friend received a scaled score of 162, his raw score was 36. This is where I get confused.

Thank you so much Teacher Groupie for your patience and help.

Gemini

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What percent of the total raw score of 48 is 25? 52%, yes?

Now, then: The typical Praxis scoring scale runs from 100 to 200, which means there are 100 SCALED points available, which turns one's thoughts to percentages - I'm thinking Connecticut may require 48% to pass (148 - 100).

And the scenario I outlined is also the very most minimal case, no?

In the meantime, gemini, please breathe. Being a twin doesn't entitle you to be... beside yourself.

(Sorry. Bad joke. I'll try to behave.)

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Thanks so much for the help and the laugh! I think I am breathing a bit easier and slower, will keep you posted- only 24 more days (I'm calling the number) to go.

Gemini

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Good reasoning, by the way. If you proceeded thusly on 0012, and sprinkled technical terminology hither and thither as appropriate, you probably did better than minimum.

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Yipee!!!!!

Teacher Groupie,
I wanted to let you know that I did pass the Praxis 0012 Content Area Exercises and with room to spare. Thank you so much for your reassurance during those fretful few days after taking the test. I also passed 0012 Curriculum, Assessment, etc. I am so relieved that this is behind me.

Thanks a Bunch,
Gemini

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Correction to my last post, I also passed the Praxis 0011 Curriculum, Assessment, etc. test

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I just took those tests today

I took the same tests today and feel much better about the essays than I do the multiple choice...I thought that part was terribly hard!

what did you study?

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I found the essays more difficult than the multiple choice though some of the multiple choice questions were tricky in that two of the answers seemed viable.

What freaked me out about the essays was the time factor and that there were multiple parts to each question.I felt as if I didn't have enough time to fully answer each question. I am thrilled and so relieved to have this behind me.

I studied from the Praxis workbooks, Praxis notes from the web, my text-books, handouts, and notes.

Hope you have a great rest of the day!

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well congrats on passing it....i hope i do too...if not it is back to the books for the november testing day..UGH!!

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I bet that you did just fine! I left the test feeling unsure as to whether I passed or not. So many people that I have spoken with felt the same way and ended up doing fine. Keep me posted as to how you did.

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will do....i wish i knew right now!!

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