CASA Writing Practice Test
The Indiana CASA exam — which consists of a writing, a mathematics and a reading subtests — was designed to test prospective Indiana educators on their aptitude for and knowledge of the basic skills necessary for their potential careers.
The exam is provided by Indiana CORE Assessments for Educator Licensure and a passing score on the CASA exam’s writing subtest, as well as passing scores on the mathematics and reading subtests, is a requirement for entry into its Indiana educator preparation programs (though demonstration of aptitude through other standardized exams, such as the ACT and SAT, is also possible).
In essence, the CASA Writing subtest is a critical component of a larger exam that can grant entry into a critical program for those who hope to pursue an educator career in Indiana.
How Do I Schedule an Appointment to Take the CASA Subtest on Writing?
The Indiana CASA Writing subtest can be taken individually or as part of the full exam in one sitting.
Both the full exam and the individual writing subtest are offered at testing locations throughout Indiana and specific appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. To schedule an appoint, prospective participants should make an account on the Indiana CORE Assessments for Educator Licensure website.
There is a $38 testing fee per subtest. Some additional fees may be applied by testing centers.
What Testing Policies Should I Be Aware of for the Indiana CASA’s Writing Subtest?
All Indiana CASA exams are administered via computer and participants are assigned to an individual computer terminal.
Participants must bring with them an acceptable form of identification with the name in which they registered bearing a photograph and signature (such as a driver’s license or passport). Participants are not permitted to bring cell phones or other electronic communication devices, calculators, notes or scratch paper, packages or food/drink with them to the testing room.
If participants arrive more than 15 minutes late for their test appointment, it is possible that they will not be admitted. They will not receive a refund on the testing fee in this case.
What Content Is on the Indiana CASA Writing Subtest?
The Indiana CASA Writing subtest is made up of 42 multiple-choice questions and one constructed-response assignments. Participants are given 105 minutes to complete the full subtest.
The content on the subtest is designed around educational principles as defined by Indiana CORE Assessments for Educational Licensure. Every objective in the subtest corresponds to at least one educator standard in the field. The Writing subtest is broken down into two domains, as follows:
- Basics of powerful writing (60 percent of subtest weight)
- Concise and understandable writing: Knowing how to create easy-to-understanding writing where the process, layout and style fit the requirements, reason and readers.
- Powerful and developed writing: Knowing the process of building better writing by fixing, revising or beginning from a new angle.
- Fundamentals of grammar and usage: Showing an understanding of the basics behind English grammar, how words are used and the mechanics of writing.
- Writing assignment (40 percent of test weight)
- Illustrating the ability to support claims and analyze weighty topics through logical reasoning and topical and robust evidence.
What Score Do I Need to Pass This Indiana CASA Subtest on Writing?
Participants in the Indiana CASA Writing subtest need a score of 220 to pass. As noted above, they need to pass all three Indiana CASA subtests in order to be eligible for Indiana CORE educator preparation programs.
Participants in the Indiana CASA Writing subtest will not be able to receive their preliminary passing status immediately upon completion of the subtest. Instead, because this subtest includes a constructed-response assignment, participants receive an official score report in their account on the CASA website within 20 business days after testing.
How Can I Get a Passing Score on the Writing Subtest of the Indiana CASA Exam?
The Indiana CASA exam’s Writing subtest asks participants to demonstrate their knowledge of educational fundamentals around the development, mechanics and function of writing. The subtest rewards participants for taking at least educated guesses on every question, as there is no penalty from wrong answers.
Because of this, many past participants have found success by splitting their study time between a study guide and a set of drilling flashcards. For instance, the combination study guide and flashcard set offered by Mometrix Test Preparation are tools that can help hopeful educators find success on the Indiana CASA exam.
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