How to Read Your Score Report
Your score report shows your score on each section of the THEA Test and indicates how you performed on the THEA Test skills in each section. It also includes a description of your performance on the skills measured by each section of the test. This will provide information for you to use in identifying your areas of strength and weakness. If you do not pass a section of the test, this information will be particularly useful to you when you prepare to take that section again. If you do not pass the Writing Section, the features of your writing that need improvement will be noted on your score report in the section below your writing sample score.
How Scores Are Determined for Paper-Based Testing
The Reading and Mathematics Sections and the multiple-choice portion of the Writing Section are scored electronically. Your scores reflect the number of questions you answered correctly.
The writing sample is scored using a technique called focused holistic scoring. This means that your writing sample will receive a single overall score. Each paper is read by two readers, each of whom scores it independently (i.e., the second person to read it does not know the score the first person assigned to it). Essays that are completely off topic, illegible, written in a language other than English, or otherwise unscorable receive a score of U (unscorable). If the two readers disagree substantially in their scores, there is a process for reviewing the paper and resolving the difference.
The writing sample is scored on a 4-point scale. Because each paper is read by two scorers, you will receive a score between 2 and 8 on the writing sample. If your score is 6, 7, or 8, you will automatically pass the Writing Section of the THEA Test, regardless of your performance on the multiple-choice questions of the Writing Section. Conversely, if your score is 2, 3, or 4, you will not pass the Writing Section regardless of your performance on the multiple-choice questions.
If the combined score of your writing sample is 5, your performance on the multiple-choice questions of the Writing Section is used to determine your pass/not pass status. In order to pass the Writing Section, you must answer correctly approximately 70 percent of the writing multiple-choice questions. Accordingly, you must complete the writing sample and you should do as well as you can on the multiple-choice questions of the Writing Section.
See "Taking and Passing the THEA Test" for a description of THEA Test passing requirements.
October 2011 THEA Paper-Based Test Registration Bulletin
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