CBEST scoring

Discussion in 'Basic Skills Tests' started by crazycatlady80, May 20, 2015.

  1. crazycatlady80

    crazycatlady80 Rookie

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2015
    Messages:
    63
    Likes Received:
    6

    May 20, 2015

    I'm working on the reading section of the CBEST. I understand how it is scored, but how can I tell how I'm doing on the practice exams. I just took one and I missed six out of fifty questions. I take it that is pretty good, but I don't know.
     
  2.  
  3. TeacherGroupie

    TeacherGroupie Moderator

    Joined:
    May 13, 2005
    Messages:
    29,807
    Likes Received:
    1,171

    May 20, 2015

    That's definitely good enough.
     
  4. crazycatlady80

    crazycatlady80 Rookie

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2015
    Messages:
    63
    Likes Received:
    6

    May 21, 2015

    What do you think is the minimum amount I need to get right in order to pass?
     
  5. TeacherGroupie

    TeacherGroupie Moderator

    Joined:
    May 13, 2005
    Messages:
    29,807
    Likes Received:
    1,171

    May 21, 2015

    Here's how CBEST scaled scoring works:

    The scoring scale for each section runs from 20 to 80. The lowest "full pass" score per section is 41, yielding 123 points aggregate, but CBEST practices what's called "compensatory scoring": one or two section scores can be as low as 37, provided the shortfall is made up in the other one or two subtests (that is, the total is 123 or more).

    Now please think about where 41 is, on a scale from 20 to 80.

    44 correct out of 50 is considerably better than that.

    Bear in mind also that about 10 of those 50 questions, on the real test, are "non-scoring": they're being field-tested for use in future exams. Such questions tend to have rough edges that the field testing wears off. If you're scoring 44 out of 50, your skills are fine, and your "wrong" answers will tend to be - unsurprisingly - on the non-scoring questions.

    In other words, breathe, please.
     

Share This Page

Members Online Now

  1. TeacherNY
Total: 199 (members: 1, guests: 176, robots: 22)
test