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OAE Passing Scores - What You Need To Know

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The OAE is a series of required licensing exams for new teacher candidates in the state of Ohio. Learning about the test is one of the easiest ways to improve your score. The following article will discuss OAE scoring. We will answer your questions, including how the OAE is scored, how to interpret a score report, and whether it’s difficult to pass the exam.

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How are the OAE exams scored?

OAE exam scores are scaled, which ensures that differences between test forms does not affect the final score. Both the fraction of correctly answered multiple-choice questions and the holistic evaluation of constructed-response questions are included in the raw score. Then the raw score is converted to a scaled score between 100 and 300. Variations in the number of questions between different competencies and different test forms as well as the relative difficulty of different questions are all included in scaling calculations. Because each OAE exam subject is scaled independently, comparing scaled scores is only useful between different forms of the same subject and not between different subjects. For example, a score of 225 on OAE: Chemistry is not equivalent to a score of 225 on OAE: English Language Arts.

Multiple-choice questions are scored by awarding one point for each correct answer and zero points for incorrect answers. Points are not deducted for incorrect answers, so make sure to answer every question. The multiple-choice subscore makes up 70% to 80% of the final scaled score.

Constructed-response questions are scored on a 3-point or 4-point scale. Each response will be scored separately by two people and the final score is the sum. The constructed-response subscore makes up 20% to 30% of the final scaled score.

Make sure you familiarize yourself with the structure of the OAE exam that you are planning to take so that you know what to expect.

How long does it take to get OAE scores?

Exam results will be sent through email and to the OAE portal that you used to register. Score reports are generally released two to three weeks after the test date, and they will remain in the online account for two years. A full and up-to-date list of score report release dates can be found on the Ohio Assessments for Educators website.

What score do you need to pass the OAE test?

You need a score of 220 or higher to pass the OAE test. The passing score is set by the State Board of Education of Ohio.

How long do you have to wait before you can retake an OAE exam?

You are only allowed to register for an OAE exam one time per testing window. The waiting period before you can retake an exam is a minimum of 30 days. The full retake policy can be found on the Ohio Assessments for Educators website.

How do you interpret an OAE score report?

The OAE score report indicates a status of “Pass” or “Did Not Pass” based on the scaled score of each assessment. In the case of a “Did Not Pass,” use the information on the score report to guide your study plan before retaking the test.

Knowing how to interpret the OAE score report will help you to understand your strengths and weaknesses in different areas. OAE score reports also give performance indices for each domain of the assessment. Performance indices are provided for both multiple-choice and constructed-response questions. For multiple-choice questions, 4 stars are awarded when performance is well above the minimum passing score and 1 star when performance is well below the minimum passing score. For constructed-response questions, 4 stars represent a response that demonstrates thorough understanding, and 1 star is given to responses that reflect little or no understanding. More information on understanding assessment results can be found on the Ohio Assessments for Educators website.

How hard is it to pass an OAE exam?

The difficulty of an OAE exam depends on a lot of factors. A person’s academic and professional background, the amount of effective study preparation, and the conditions on test day can all contribute to making a test seem harder or easier. However, passing rate statistics from previous years can give some indication of the exam difficulty. In 2015-2016, 80% of test-takers passed the OAE pedagogy assessments (001, 002, 003, 003). Passing rates for subject tests are generally lower: Art (006) = 64%; Biology (007) = 52%; English Language Arts (020) = 67%. However, for some subjects the passing rate is very high: Early Childhood Education (012) = 87%; ESOL (021) = 87%; Health (023) = 87%. For more statistics on passing rates visit the Ohio Assessments for Educators website. You can also find sample problems that are modeled after real test questions online at Ohio Assessments for Educators and 240

Remember that it is possible to fail an exam even if it has a high passing rate. Always make sure to follow a study plan and prepare effectively before test day.

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Aubrey Trapp

Aubrey is a graduate student studying chemical contaminants in marine food webs. She is interested in all things science-y and aims to improve scientific communication by making concepts accessible and fun for interdisciplinary audiences. Aubrey loves to swim, and she once visited all 34 public pools in her Texas hometown in one day.