VCLA - Freaking Out!

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  1. bwstump

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    I took the VCLA this morning and now I'm freaking out. My unofficial score is Reading - 80% and Writing - 71%. I know that they still need to score the composition.

    I hate having to wait for my official results to get here to tell me if I passed or not.

    Do you think I passed? Thanks for your help!
     
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  3. TeacherGroupie

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    If you wrote a decent essay, you're probably fine.
     
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    Okay...thanks! I hope I wrote a decent essay....I guess time will tell!
     
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    hey just curious,

    i am a music teacher and i am taking my vcla on monday! i already have my prof. license from the state of ohio, so all i need to do is take the vcla and pass...not worried tho...ive already completed the requirements in ohio (prax 1, 2, 3) ...

    also i am curious...have u applied for any jobs yet in the surrounding northern va districts? if so which ones? :whistle:
     
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    Did you pass?

    Hey! I just took the VCLA this morning and received an unofficial score of 80% for reading and 74% for writing. I was just wondering ... did you pass!
     
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    Yes....I passed! I don't think you have anything to worry about! Good Luck!!
     
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    bwstump, do you mind if I ask what your raw score was for your writing section? I know it depends on how they judge your essays but I also got a 71% on my writing multiple choice and I just want to know if I have a shot of passing.
     
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    That is SOOO great to hear :) Thanks so much!

    NOVAgradstudent I think you will be fine! Since a "passing" VCLA score is composite if you received a high score on your reading multiple choice you should do just fine!
     
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    Now I'm really worried not to mention I'm so sick today and took VCLA. My scores say 62% reading and 88% writing.... Can I pass with this?
     
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    Well, don't quote me... but the average of 62% and 88% is 75%, and that's on track for passing on most teacher tests. I don't recall, however, whether VCLA has an essay component for which you don't have results yet.
     
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    Thanks for responses!!!!
    I PASSED BOTH TEST!!!!!!!
    Super exciting!!!! Now on to the praxis 2 for VA!!!!
     
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    Just took VCLA today...

    I took the VCLA and scored 77% on each subtest prior to the scoring of the essays. I hope that's passing. I scored a 191 on the 5041 Praxis, so not only would I be crestfallen, I'd be bewildered. :dizzy: Anyone with VCLA experience out there to give me an idea?
     
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    Teacher2013, congratulations!

    Chaotic_Freedom, I like your username. If your performance on the essays corresponds to your performance on the multiple choice questions, I'd expect you to pass.
     
  15. Ckolan

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    Does anyone know is a 71% on the reading for VCLA is passing ???
     
  16. Kimberly B

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    I would like to know if anyone has taken the vcla recently. I took it and received 80% on writing and my score stayed at 200 and this was my 3rd time taking it. My pervious raw scores were lower and my score was higher I don't understand can anyone help me?
     
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    It's next to impossible to write a decent set of test questions that are exactly equivalent in difficulty. It's even harder to write several entire versions of a test that are exactly equivalent in difficulty. This is one reason that scaled scores exist: if in the test company's eyes version A of test X is harder than version B, then the scaled score that corresponds to X number of questions right will be higher in the case of version A than of version B. It would seem that the first two versions of VCLA that you took were more challenging in Pearson's estimation than the version that you encountered recently.
     
  18. CherryOak

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    Kimberly, your grammar portion score is strong. So, congrats to that! I would look into what they want for the essay portion as it seems to be the moving factor. Last summer, I scored eighty-something percent on the reading. I don't remember that exact score. I scored 97% on the multiple choice portion of the writing. When I got my final scores, my reading score was much, much higher than my writing. My low scores on the essay portion changed it that much. I apparently did not write the essays anywhere near the way they want. Writing has never been my strength, but I was surprised to see it was so poor as to change my scores that much. But, some friends have since told me they're probably looking for a particular template of paragraphs and nothing more. I studied in a different state and didn't know much about this test prior to taking it. Maybe an English major could help give you pointers in how to strengthen the essays?
     
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    Need some help with these raw scores. I received an 80% on the reading and a 71% on the writing. Do y'all think I passed? What an exam!!! Good grief. I needed the entire 4 hours.
     
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    Hello, I took the writing part and had a raw score of 80% and when I received my results last Friday I failed with a 218, which has happen on several occasions. It depends on the person grading your essays. Good luck to you!!
     
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    Thanks for your response.
     
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    Thank you, I actually lost my teaching position this year because I hadn't passed it yet. But I definitely looking for a tutor.
     
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    Wow! That's unfortunate. Have you passed it since? Did you compete the essays in entirety?
     
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    Sorry about those mistakes I was typing fast. I just took it again two weeks ago and got my scores back this pass Friday. My contract is up June 30th and it's already posted on school website. My Sped kids are going to really be upset. Yes i did complete my essays and used one of their study models format which was scored as a 3pt. Essay and still no points.
     
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    I believe VCLA is still a Pearson test, rather than Praxis. Pearson's basic-skills writing exams generally involve two (trained) human scorers, and this is to the test taker's advantage: an essay that is somewhat unorthodox in approach but that fulfills the prompt is much likelier to be looked on favorably by at least one human scorer than it is if scored by machine.

    Basic-skills test writing isn't so much about writing excellently as it is about writing adequately: adequate attention to stating a thesis that suits the prompt and defending that thesis with evidence that is both sufficient and relevant, adequate attention to organizing sentences and paragraphs and indicating transitions, adequate attention to the needs and expectations of the audience specified, adequate attention to word choice and to the conventions of formal English. It makes sense to consult whatever sample responses are on the actual test website to see what's expected.
     
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    I got the same scored and failed :(
     
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    Help!!!I just took the VCLA this morning. I received a 62% on the Reading & an 80% on the Writing...hopefully my writing score increases. The wait is agonizing.
     
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    Hi All, Appreciate your feedback. Took VCLA last week. Unofficial exit scores were Reading : 82% and writing subtest 77%. Wrote decent summary and essay. Waiting is so hard ! My deadlines to submit application are fast approaching. Do they take all 10 business days to send official reports? Do I stand a chance to pass?
     
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    I took the vcla and made a 88 on the reading and a 74 on the writing im not sure what the 88 percent Will scale to if anyone has an idea please let me no
     
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    Did you pass
     
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    Welcome to A to Z, Rickey Pulliam!

    88% in reading comprehension is a strong score on most basic-skills tests, VCLA included. 77% in writing isn't as strong, but if your writing was adequate in organization, support, grammar, mechanics, and usage, the likelihood that you will pass is fairly high.
     
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    Thanks getting my result next friday !!
     
  33. Geoorge__

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    Does anyone know if it takes exactly 10 days to get your results? I just took both my tests Tuesday - reading and Wednesday - writing. I’m not so great about being patient.
     
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    Mine was delivered the evening of the 10th weekday.
     

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