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Are you about to take the Indiana CORE and need to know how the exams are scored? If so, keep reading.
The Indiana CORE is scored in different ways depending on what type of test you take. It is important to understand the scoring method before you sit for the exam and you will definitely want to know how long you have to wait to get your Indiana CORE score. This article will give you all the answers to these questions. We’ll also tell you how to interpret the scores and how long you will have to wait if you need to retake an exam.
So let’s get started.
The Indiana CORE exams are scored by computer, with the exception of the constructed response questions. Each multiple-choice question is assigned a point value that is converted to the final scaled score. The constructed-response questions are evaluated by a human scorer within three weeks and given a score on a scale of zero through five.
Unofficial scores for your Indiana CORE exam are available immediately following your exam, except for CRQs. Official scores for multiple-choice questions will be sent via email within 10 business days. Since CRQs are graded by people and not computers, they take a little longer. These scores are available within 20 business days.
In order to pass the Indiana CORE test, you will need to score a 220 out of 300 on the scaled score. CRQs have varying scores and your report will show the points earned out of the points available. The expectations for constructed-response questions will depend on the exam, but you can find the characteristics of strong responses and detailed scoring rubrics in the preparation material offered for your individual exam on the state’s testing website.
For example, this table describes the characteristics that scorers will assess on CASA CRQs.
If you do not pass, you must wait 30 days to retake the test. In order to retest, you must complete the registration process again. If you find yourself in this position, take advantage of the 30 days to study – you may even want to allow yourself longer than the required time to prepare for your retest. 240 Tutoring offers high-quality CORE Study Guides that come with a pass guarantee.
Find out more about how to best prepare for the CORE exams by reading “The Expert Guide to the Indiana CORE: How to Pass”.
Your score report will break down each domain of the test. It will show how many questions fell under that category and what percentage you answered correctly. Remember that there are field questions included on the exam that do not affect your score, so do not be concerned when the score report doesn’t show as many questions as the actual exam.
It is difficult to say how hard the CORE is to pass because it depends on the exam. The passing rates vary from 36% to 100%. Check out this website for the passing rate for your specific test. Here are the 2018 passing rates for some common CORE exams:
Something to keep in mind with this data: these percentages are based on each test-taker’s best attempt. Some prospective teachers may have initially failed their test and then passed a subsequent attempt. With this in mind, it is in your best interest to focus on your personal strengths and weaknesses when it comes to the CORE exam series. Start with a free diagnostic exam!