The Indiana CORE Test Series is a battery of examinations for aspiring educators statewide. To receive an instructional license in Indiana, aspiring teachers must pass the developmental (pedagogy) area assessment for their intended grade level and the relevant content-area assessments. These content-area exams are also required for current instructors looking to add content areas to an existing license.
The Indiana CORE Test series is based on the Rules for Educator Preparation and Accountability (REPA) Educator Standards. These tests are aligned with the Indiana P-12 student curriculum, also known as the Indiana Common Core State Standards and Indiana Academic Standards, as well as with state and national standards for education preparation.
The Indiana CORE Test Series can be divided into three general categories: the Core Academic Skills Assessment (CASA); pedagogical exams in early childhood, elementary, P-12, and secondary education; and around fifty specialized tests for common content areas and for school employees.
Prospective teachers may demonstrate a basic skills competency by passing the Indiana CORE Academic Skills Assessment. They may also need to pass the pedagogical exam for their intended grade level, as well as the appropriate exam for their content area.
The Core Academic Skills Assessment (CASA) may be taken at testing centers throughout Indiana, and the developmental (pedagogy) and content area assessments are available nationwide. Most of the CORE tests consist entirely of multiple-choice questions. There are constructed-response questions on the Core Academic Skills Assessment, school administrator exams, and some of the world language exams.
The minimum passing scores for the various tests are established by the Indiana State Board of Education. These are criterion-referenced tests, which means that the score is slightly adjusted according to the difficulty of the test version. Each score is placed on a range of 100 to 300, with a minimum passing score of 220.
A high score on the Indiana CORE Test Series could translate directly into a better career, so there is no excuse for being underprepared. The best way to get ready for the CORE tests is with the study materials developed by Mometrix.
We offer a basic study guide and a set of flashcards, both of which contain all of the information that could appear on the exams. Mometrix has specific resources for all of the content-area and pedagogical exams that make up the Indiana CORE Test Series, and they’re all written in plain language that makes studying a breeze. These resources can be purchased at http://www.mo-media.com/indianacore/ for Indiana CORE Study Guides and http://www.flashcardsecrets.com/indianacore/ for Indiana CORE Flashcard Study System.
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Hi! I just took the “Indiana CORE English Language Arts Practice Questions” Practice Test 1. I was wondering if there was a way to estimate your passing score, either with the number of questions answered correctly, or using a percentage of correct answers. This would be extremely helpful in figuring out where I am in terms of being prepared for the actual exam. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Indiana CORE (and most other standardized testing institutions) uses a scaled score to determine passing/failing, rather than a raw score. Instead of needing 70of 100 correct answers to pass (for example), you need a score of at least 220 on a scale of 100-300. The scaled score is calculated based on your performance, but there is not a consistent 1-to-1 correspondence between raw score and scaled score. On a 100 question test, you might have to answer 75 questions right at one administration of the test to get a 220 scaled score, and then at the next administration you might only need 70 correct answers right to get a 220. This is because each test is not equally difficult, and the testing organizations need a way to adjust for how difficult a given test administration was. They don’t want to penalize people who happened to get a harder version of the test, or to incorrectly certify as competent people who happened to get an easier version of the test. Bottom line, you can ballpark your scaled score, but I would not expect to be able to pinpoint it with much accuracy.
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