Anyone an ETS Exam Rater?

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  1. Ms. I

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    I am for CAASSP, which unfortunately is just seasonal in the spring. I didn't know that when I first applied. I just applied for what was open at the time. I'd really like to score for other exams year-round. It seems if you get hired & it happens to be for a seasonal exam, you aren't allowed to score for other exams. But, for those who happen to apply & get hired & it's for a year-round exam, they can score it all...seasonal AND year-round exams.

    Anyone know how a seasonal rater can get on for year-round projects too?
     
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    I do several different programs. None are full time. But I work one or two weekends a month and make three to four hundred dollars a month.
     
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    OK, you must have happened to get on with a year-round first & then applied for the others & got on, correct?
     
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    Actually I got on with ETS when they had NBPT contract. I now grade for them and Pearson.
     
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    I see, thanks.
     
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    I just applied and was accepted as a CAASSP rater and am curious to see how it is...the pay is low but I figured it would be a good way to gain insight into the exam. Is it worth it, in your experience?
     
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    I worked for ETS during the MET (Measures of Effective Teaching) study. At the time, the pay was quite a bit to me (when I became a scoring lead monitoring others, $24/hr, compared to the $14-17/hr that I was getting subbing), and while the hours were tricky in my time zone, it was relatively easy and I could literally roll out of bed and then work on it for the 4 1/2 hr shift. It was neat to see others teach and get to reflect on my own practice by watching those, while concurrently scoring them.

    In terms of it leading anywhere else - I didn't really push to try to do other work for ETS, so I can't give much background on that, just that I could never really use them as a contact/reference because they were impossible to seem to get in touch with.
     
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    I haven't worked as a rater but I have worked in an ETS office for almost 9 months. I helped make several different science tests. I never knew how much work went into making those state tests. The pay when working in the office and as a question writer is quiet good. There is however if you are full time a lot of stress and sometimes travel. I was only considered a consultant so I had no benefits and I set my own hours most of the time. It was fun, I enjoyed it. I was really the science department gopher but I did learn a lot about test making and how the tests are designed.
     
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    ms.irene, YES, in my experience, it's an excellent side job. This is my second yr (spring), I've been asked back. Last yr, I md $13/hr, but starting this time, it's suddenly $20/hr. Unfortunately, it's just some of April through some of July. I just wish it was year-round! I'm working every single day this month & plan to hopefully do the same in June.

    But that's why I started this thread. It seems seasonal workers aren't allowed to work other ETS exam scoring projects & I've applied to the following (below) throughout the last couple of years w/o any reply back & I know I'm qualified. Yet if I had applied & got on for something year-round, they allow those people to ALSO work seasonal projects. Doesn't seem fair at all to me.

    TEXAS STAAR ASSESSMENT
    PRAXIS: CORE
    TOEIC® Rater
    TEXAS STAAR ASSESSMENT
    Redesigned SAT
    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT)
     
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    ms.irene and Ms. I, I don't have experience with being a rater, but now I'm curious about this side job. Did you have to pass a certification test in order to be hired as a rater? If so, was this test challenging? About how many hours did it take for you to complete this test?
     
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    While mine was for a study, so perhaps slightly different (still through ETS, though), we had to go through certification - training work/videos, then test scoring to see if we came close enough to expectations. All of it was paid time, though (I'm not sure if that's the same for others). I didn't find it too challenging, though it did require plenty of focus, and I think it ended up taking somewhere in the 10-12ish hour range...though it's been a while since I did the scoring!
     
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    I just applied through an email I got and was accepted. I haven't gone through any training yet and definitely wouldn't do it if it was unpaid!
     
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    I have been for various programs for 13 years. Great part time job.
     
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    I didn't have to pass a test to get the job. I'm sure they verified that I had my degree as they required when I applied & I got the job. But at the beginning of every work shift, I have to pass a calibration in which they give either 5 or 10 essays to score (since I choose to do ELA) & they give 2 chances to pass (45 min for each one). If a person doesn't pass both times, which may happen from time to time, they don't get to work that shift.
     
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