Friday, January 4, 2008

Proud as a Peacock

I don't usually blow my own horn, but I'm going to make an exception. I recently had to take a national test to certify myself as a highly qualified teacher in our new state of residence. This is a two hour, 133 question test. Each question is supposed to be worth 2 points, but the test makers have decided in all their wisdom, that certain questions need to be inserted into the test as control questions, questions that are supposed to be so obscure that most people won't have a clue what the right answer is, so they are not worth any points. What you end up with is a 200 point test, out of which you must score 158 as a minimum passing grade.

I really worried about this test, researched categories on the internet, and really tried to prepare myself for it. After taking the test, I felt like I had done well, at least achieving the minimum passing score.

I just got my grades back. I scored 190 out of 200, and even got many of the control questions right. The scores came with a certificate of excellence for placing in the top 15% of the nation. BY THE WAY, when my wife took the test similar to this for her certificate, she also received this certificate of merit. I hope some day I can figure out how I did it.

With a big sigh of relief, have a great day. Stick.


Inside Stories said...

WOW! I think that is great for both of you, but I always did know you were smart.

Delirious said...

Wow congratulations! Not only is that great, it's a big relief too I bet.

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Native Minnow said...

Good job! So, do they tell you which questions are the controls afterward, or do you know you got them right just because of the score? Just curious.