ETS: You suck!

For those of you who might not know who ETS is, they are Educational Testing Services. They provide you with the SAT and PSATs which you take in high school. They also offer the GRE, PRAXIS (which is my test), and many other tests that professionals need in the Education Field. They’re really great people, and let it be said I have no problem with them personally, I just have a problem with their tests in general. I’m very anti-test, and if I have a choice to give a paper or final project when I’m a teacher, instead of a test, I will definitely do so.

So, without further ado…my PRAXIS test results:
English Content Knowledge Multiple Choice: 166 – FAILED BY 6 POINTS. I needed a 172.
English Content Knowledge Essays: 165 – PASSED AND WENT FARTHER! I only needed a 160!

In November I’ll be taking the Multiple Choice test again, for another 100something dollars. But at least I’m not taking them both, right? I probably would have felt better if I had just bombed it instead of failing my 6 DARN POINTS…6!! Personally, I think being able to write four amazing essays in only 2 hours proves that I’ll be a good teacher, rather than a multiple choice test.

How do you feel about tests? What ones have you taken?

3 Comments

  1. Vanessa Says:

    I hate tests. They are so damn boring. I actually almost fell asleep one time during a test. I’ve taken the ISTEP test in elementsry school and the GQE in highschool. I don’t think I passed it, but it doesn’t matter now, since I ended up dropping out anyway.. That was 9yrs ago…

  2. Holly Says:

    Grr. I hate tests and exams. I never do as well in them as I feel like I should, or like I have in essays and presentations. :/

  3. Jennifer Says:

    Ooh, that sucks. I hate tests! Hate ‘em. I mean, I’m great under pressure, but it’s a totally different atmosphere. Nothing at all like the real world. I don’t think anyone should be judged (or have to pay!) on one single sit down session.

    Let’s put it this way. I showed up to my SATs in high school totally baked and still drunk from the night before, and I scored a 1480! Tests are a great concept, but they’re crap in the real world.

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