CBEST Writing results

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  1. MaryamKS

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    Hello,
    I took my CBEST 3 times. I already passed Math and Reading parts but I couldn't pass writing one. I have some difficulties to understand CBEST writing score.
    In my first try, I got 26.
    Performance on Topic 1:
    Your topic 1 essay showed a need for improvement in the following area(s).
    - Support and Development
    - Usage
    - Structure and Conventions
    Performance on Topic 2:
    Your topic 2 essay showed a need for improvement in the following area(s).
    - Support and Development
    - Usage
    - Structure and Conventions

    In my second try I got 29
    Performance on Topic 1:
    Your topic 1 essay showed a need for improvement in the following area(s).
    - Usage
    - Structure and Conventions
    Performance on Topic 2:
    Your topic 2 essay showed a need for improvement in the following area(s).
    - Organization
    - Usage
    - Structure and Conventions

    In my third try I got 26 again
    Performance on Topic 1:
    Your topic 1 essay showed a need for improvement in the following area(s).
    - Usage
    - Structure and Conventions
    Performance on Topic 2:
    Your topic 2 essay showed a need for improvement in the following area(s).
    - Usage
    - Structure and Conventions

    In my third try I spent 4 hours to finish my writing part. I had studied hard before test while in the previous ones I didn't have enough time to write or review my work. I wrote 500 to 600 for both essays. In addition, in first and second try I had had problems in 3 areas in both essays based on CTC criteria but this time I had weaknesses in 2 areas in both essays. I cannot understand CBEST grading system. Could you help me? I already reviewed the sample on CTC website for writing part, but its grading system seems bizarre to me. Writing part has 6 different criteria and how is it possible to fail whole test only because of weaknesses in 2 criteria. Do you think I should request CTC to rescore my essays?
     
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