Virginia VCLA Test

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  1. TeacherGroupie

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    Assuming that the two sections are weighted equally (and I don't recall, though the docs for the test should say), Teacher2013, you've got 75% of points in hand (that is, (88% + 62%)/2 = 75%), which looks promising.
     
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    I took the paper test on Jan. 19th and the website says the scores will be available Feb. 15th. However, it says under "Total test" = passed. For the individual tests it doesn't list a Pass/Fail. Any take the paper test? Is this accurate?
     
  3. TeacherGroupie

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    It's generally the case that one passes or fails the whole of a teacher test, though scores for individual sections may be reported.
     
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    Thanks TG. I got an email today that my scores will not be available on 2/15. I don't know why it would list as Pass if they haven't posted my scores.
     
  5. TeacherGroupie

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    Could be a glitch of some sort.
     
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    NJ Newbie

    I just took the VCLA test today. I experienced what some have mentioned in that I took my time and assumed that I would have enough time. I felt like I rushed through the essays and I did not even proofread them and this is making me nervous. I scored 97% on the reading and 91% on the writing. I did complete both writing tasks but I feel sick thinking about not proofreading the writing. It definitely was not my best writing but I think I made the minimum word count (I think the persuasive essay said 300-600). The clock literally said .49 seconds when I logged out of the test. Has anyone done well on the multiple choice and failed the test because of the essay? (Did I see that one essay is 30% of the total grade!!! :eek:
     
  7. TeacherGroupie

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    Breathe, please, Stepdisney.

    VCLA consists of two subtests, each scored on a scale from 100 to 300. The Reading subtest is, I think, all multiple choice. Passing for both subtests together is 470 points on a scale from 200 to 600 (that is, the lowest aggregate score is 100 x 2 and the highest is 300 x 2); the standard passing scaled score for one subtest is is 235 on that scale from 100 to 300, but one can get away with a lower score on one subtest provided one makes up the points to 470 or better on the other. The Writing subtest is, I believe, a mix of multiple-choice and constructed response questions, with the the summary task counting for 20% of points in the subtest and the essay counting for 30%. Let's look at this a little differently: out of the 200 scaled points available on the writing subtest, 100 (that is, 50% of 200) belong to the non-essay questions, 40 (20% of 200) belong to the summary, and 60 (30% of 200) belong to the essay.

    All that was background.

    You already know you got 97% on the Reading subtest. That might be 97% of raw points, and the conversion from raw points to scaled on teacher tests is one of the arcane arts - but if that doesn't translate into a scaled score substantially higher than the minimum of 235, it would be a first. It follows that you've got extra points, so to speak, with which to cover possible shortfalls in the Writing subtest.

    You also already know that you got 91% on the non-constructed-response half of the Writing subtest. 91% of 50% is a bit over 45%; if you were to earn just half or 50% of the available points on the summary-and-essay part of the subtest, that would give you another 25%, so you'd have 45% + 25% = 70% overall, and a score of 70% correct is enough to pass most teacher tests of which I know, even without the compensatory points from the Reading subtest.

    Feeling better now?

    When you get your official score report, let us know, please.
     
  8. Stepdisney

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    TeacherGroupie:

    Thank you for responding and for explaining how the scores work. It will be a looong 10 days but I will let you know as soon as I hear something.
     
  9. TeacherGroupie

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    You're welcome, Stepdisney. Hugs, and find your brain something else to do for the next ten days, please, okay?
     
  10. redtop

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    My wife took the VCLA last month. She got 91% of the multiple guess correct on the writing, and got a 273. I suspect she did worse on the "writing" parts than the multiple guess, just based on other tests she's taken, so I think most people getting in the mid to high 80's should expect around a 273.

    I can't provide any useful data for the reading, because she aced that part, so I wouldn't know what percent right converts to what scaled score.
     
  11. czacza

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    So you're wife is a good guesser? :dizzy:

    I've always attributed my scores to how well I knew the material. Silly me.
     
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    I'm thinking he meant multiple choice by multiple guess.
     
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    I'm sure the test is multiple choice. Calling it multiple guess undermines the validity and seriousness of teacher licensure exams:2cents: with which he seems to have issues.
     
  14. Scott71

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    Sounds to me he meant multiple choice, in all honestly after taking the Rica and Multiple Subject CSET. I had my shares of multiple guesses. ;)
     
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    Making an intelligent guess is a test taking strategy. I'm reacting to the poster's repeated posts which excoriate teacher licensing exams and state certification requirements.
     
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    lol. It is funny. When I was taking all these test, I would say "this does not make you a good teacher." After teaching for five years now, I was wrong, you have to learn the concepts to be able to teach it. Hang in there these test do help you! Plus having great classroom management skills helps your sanity too. :)
     
  17. Stepdisney

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    Passed it!

    Just stopped by to say I passed with a 567. 296 reading and 271 in writing. I am very happy with my score considering the fact that I only had about 20 minutes to write the summary AND the essay and I turned them both in without proofreading. :D I didn't even stress this much years ago when I took the Praxis.

    :confused:
     
  18. TeacherGroupie

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    Good show, Stepdisney! Congratulations!
     
  19. Scott71

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    That is awesome!!
     
  20. soos

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    I will have my VCLA exam on the 13th of July . and my praxis week after it. Is there any tips for me on the VCLA to pass it ? As I really want to score a high grade . Also if there any any practice tests. I have done the ones on the site itself.
    thanks.
     

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