# whats a passing score?

Discussion in 'Basic Skills Tests' started by Teach2kids, Jan 6, 2008.

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Math 57
Writing 41
Total 128

This is what I got
I need help what do I have to get to pass?

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What test?

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CBEST

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You need 123 points or better overall, which you've got... but you also need to score 37 or more in each section, so that reading score needs to be pulled up. Retaking the other sections is, in your case, pointless.

Do you generally have difficulty with multiple choice tests?

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Not usually, but sometimes it depends on the subject matter and how much I studied. Thanks for your help.

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Hmm... How did you fare with the practice test that's on the CBEST Web site?

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I'm taking my CBEST on Feb. 9th. I'm taking my practice tests and just wondering what kind of score should I be aiming for. I used the Princeton Review practice test and I missed 6 questions out of 50 on the reading and 5 out of 50 on the math. Am I on the right track? I just started studying. I read through the book and took the first test. Geez, I'm nervous!

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First, DreamToTeach, let's not be hearing this "I missed x out of 50" stuff: let's have "I got y out of 50 correct" instead, please. (In other words, how full your glass is rather than how empty, okay?)

And then tell me what percent you got correct on each component.

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Oh, percent practice. You're right, you're right. The glass is half full. On the reading I scored 88%, and on the math I scored a 90%. Oh, that sounds okay. When I put it like that. I think my poor little brain is fried. I've been stressing about the math. It's been 20 years since I did algebra!! Thankfully my math whiz teen can help me!

Thanks!!

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(chuckling gently)

There, there, DreamToTeach. You're going to do fine. In fact, I'll cheerfully bet a bowl of soup at Panera on it.

And I heartily endorse drafting one's children as study helpers, provided always that they promise not to be insufferable about it afterward.

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Thanks, TeacherGroupie! I feel better. I'll just keep drilling on it.

My daughter is such a good sport. I've helped her so much in English and History, I think she's enjoying paying me back. She even got off her phone when she saw me miss one! Now that's sacrifice!

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Have you run through the practice test on the CBEST Web site?

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I was afraid I'd only be able to do it once, so I thought I would practice with the Princeton tests a few times then go the the CBEST site. Can you take the CBEST web site test more than once?

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You download the CBEST practice test to your computer as (a) a Java applet, which you can run as many times as you darned well please and the multiple choice questions are self-scoring, or (b) three fairly fat pdfs, which you can print or view onscreen and similarly take ad libitem (or ad nauseam, as the case may be).

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I have a similar question along the same lines -

On the CBEST Practice Exam I got:

Math - (45/50)
Essay - (3/4) & (3/4) ~ Impartial Third Party Review

Assuming a similar performance on the CBEST would this be passable?

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Let's do a worst-case analysis: that, in each of the multiple-choice sections, you got all ten of the non-scoring questions correct so they don't count for you. Then you'd have 35/40 in math, which is over 82% correct, and you'd have 30/40 in reading, which is 75% correct. Both scores should give you points in excess of the full passing scaled score of 41, which means you should only need the minimal-pass score of 37 - and if the third party reviewing your essays knows from essays, it seems you got 75% of available points there, which should translate into a scaled score over 41.

I think you'll do fine. Just don't get complacent, please, and don't try to get too fancy on the essays when the test day rolls around.