It's obvious I got tired

Discussion in 'Basic Skills Tests' started by Danny'sNanny, May 2, 2007.

  1. Danny'sNanny

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    I took my basic skills test last month when I was still feeling pretty beat from having mono.
    My scores were amazing on the multiple choice sections(300, 288, 300) but my writing score barely passed with a 240 (passing is 240). It doesn't matter because the scale is 100 to 300, and as long as your average is a 240 then you pass.
    I feel kind of dumb though, usually I do really well on writing, but I got so tired that I just turned it in without really finishing. I just couldn't keep going.
    Hopefully people will see the 300s and not that barely squeaking by 240 when they look at my scores.
     
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  3. TeacherGroupie

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    Two kinds of people struggle with basic skills test essay writing: people who don't write well and people who do write well. What tends to happen to people who write well is that they get into the topic and it kind of runs away with them, and what results is a piece of writing that can be great fun to read but may lack the features of organization, support, etc. for which the scorers are looking.

    Not to worry about that 240.
     
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    Danny, my daughter had to retake hers.....she missed it the first time by two points. She got her results in the mail yesterday and she passed! I'm proud of BOTH of you! :)
     
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    Can employers look at your scores? In NY, our test reports state on them that they may not be requested by employers, employers are only told if we passed the tests or not.
     
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    That's the case in California as well. I would have guessed this to be a difference between Praxis and NES, but New Mexico is an NES state. I suppose it follows that whether scores go to employers depends on what the state in question wants.
     
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    We have to have our scores in our portfolios each semester- so all the big important people at the college see them. I don't know if the districts want to see scores or just know if you passed...
     
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    I was asked for my entire CBEST score sheet- not just the pass/no pass portion- when I filled out all my paperwork to sub in the district I'm working in.
     
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    Hm. If that was recent, I'm not sure it was supposed to happen.
     
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    This happened just last year, around Oct. or Nov. When I submitted my paperwork, I was asked for the whole score sheet. I was surprised, because I had heard that all they needed was the pass/no pass card. What should I have done? Tell them they couldn't have the whole thing? So, I gave them what they asked for.
     
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    Well, yes, of course, on the spot like that, what else is a person gonna do?
     
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    Both of the districts to which I am applying require notarized copies of my test score sheet(s). I guess that way they don't feel like they've been doctored, lol.
     
  13. TeacherGroupie

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    Well, people who will write crib notes on the back of a water-bottle label probably wouldn't hesitate to doctor a test score sheet...
     
  14. Ashlee

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    I was told they were not allowed to see our CBEST scores, and all they asked for was the little Pass paper, my credentialing school also took only one of the Pass Papers. They stated they can't see the score, since it's not allowed, we're supposed to retain the part with our actual score on it.
     
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    Well, again, I was asked for my entire sheet, scores and all. So, do you tell the person interviewing you that they can't see your scores if they ask?
     
  16. Ashlee

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    I would ... it's against the law for a reason. Plus I wanted an original copy for my record and I needed a part for my credentialing program
     
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    I didn't know it was actually against the law. Why is that?
     
  18. Ashlee

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    I guess it's so you don't get judged by it ... I wouldn't worry too much about it, I was just told by my district and by my credentialing place that they are your scores and you shouldn't share them, even if asked. My scores are good, so I don't really care either way, but I still don't want them seeing it. I'm all about the principle of it all, I guess.
     
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    I don't know that it's against the LAW, necessarily but certainly it is against CTC's agreed POLICY for CSET scores to be a factor in hiring.
     

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