Your score report contains your passing status and other performance information for each test you take. For a detailed explanation of how to interpret your scores, read the FTCE/FELE Score Interpretation Guide . For more detailed information regarding the larger scoring and reporting process, please visit FTCE/FELE Facts: Scoring and Reporting.
Your raw score (number of items answered correctly) on the FTCE and FELE is converted to a common measure called a scale score. A scale score allows multiple forms of a test to share a common minimum passing score.
The minimum passing scale score for tests, subtests, or sections consisting of only multiple-choice questions is 200. The minimum passing scores for tests, subtests, or sections with performance components are provided below:
The FTCE and FELE tests are Pass/Fail tests:
The FTCE/FELE tests are equated to adjust for varying difficulty levels across forms in a single subject area. This means the number of correct answers needed to pass a multiple-choice test may vary slightly from one form of a test to another within a single subject area. To find out approximately what percentage of test items you need to answer correctly to receive a passing score for your test or subtest, refer to the chart on the FTCE/FELE Maximum Percentages Needed to Achieve a Minimum Passing Score table .
The essays and performance components (e.g., recorded speaking sections of language tests) are holistically scored by two independent raters, and these ratings are combined for the total score. For written performance assessments, if the two raters assign scores more than 1 score point apart (i.e., scores that are neither the same nor adjacent), the examinee's response is also reviewed a third time by a Chief Rater, who resolves the discrepancy. Holistic scoring is used to assess responses that demonstrate a range of performance. Trained and qualified raters judge the overall effectiveness of each response while focusing on a set of performance characteristics that have been defined as important for each test. Each response is assigned a score based on a multipoint score scale that describes varying levels of performance. Rating and score point descriptions are detailed in the test information guides.
For a test or subtest you did not pass, your score report will include your numeric score as well as a detailed performance analysis report that indicates the number and percentage of multiple-choice questions you answered correctly by applicable competency. We encourage you to use this information to determine the sections of the test in which your performance was weakest, and then plan to do some additional studying in those areas. However, while concentrating your studies on your areas of weakness, you should also be sure to do some additional preparation addressing the content covered in the other sections of the test. Finally, you may also want to do some additional studying in the sections of the test that contain the greatest percentage of test questions, as they will contribute the most to your total score.
Detailed performance analyses are not available for performance assessment items and subtests, as raters do not take or provide detailed notes when scoring responses. The scoring rubrics and scoring guidelines used by raters are provided in the test information guides.