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Old 10-25-2012, 11:09 PM
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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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Old 02-13-2013, 04:52 PM
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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?
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:55 PM
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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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Old 02-14-2013, 05:45 PM
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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.
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:54 PM
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Could be a glitch of some sort.
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Old 02-16-2013, 02:03 PM
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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!!!
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Old 02-16-2013, 05:10 PM
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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.
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Old 02-16-2013, 10:21 PM
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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.
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Old 02-16-2013, 10:42 PM
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You're welcome, Stepdisney. Hugs, and find your brain something else to do for the next ten days, please, okay?
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:50 PM
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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.
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