CLEP score calculation

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  1. njcamper

    njcamper New Member

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    I’ve been lurking on this site for quite some time, and after 4 years of procrastinating, I finally have the motivation to begin the process of earning a BSBA. Anyway, I’m having a hard time understanding the CLEP score calculation – in particular the Principles of Macroeconomics test, if it matters.

    The bain4weeks.com site mentions that a person will pass the test if they can answer at least 50% of the sample questions correctly. Is this an accurate? If someone were to answer 50% of the questions correctly on the actual test, what score would they receive?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. DNICE

    DNICE New Member

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    Clep calculations

    I passed US history 1 clep exam last month, and know that a lot of the sample questions from the actual collegeboard studyguide are on the actual clep exam, some of the actual clep exam questions are pre-test questions which dont count. I dont know how they calculate your score, but I know you just need to get half of the questions right to pass the clep exam.
     
  3. james_lankford

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    also understand taht a lot of CLEPs are graded pass/fail


    I don't think it's a 50% down the middle cut off, but getting all of them right and getting 80 of them right will probably give you the same score
     
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    Re: Clep calculations

    If the actual CLEP's are comparable in difficulty to the sample ones,
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    if the prediction "scoring 50% on the sample tests means you will pass the test" is correct,

    then the pass rate must be a good bit less than 50%.
     
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    Some schools only give PASS/FAIL grades to CLEPS. Other schools, like Excelsior, will give you a letter grade for some of the tests. In general, scoring approximately 50% will give you the grade equivalent of a "C". So in order to pass you'll need to get half of the questions right.

    Brandon
     
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    At my school, and I believe at COSC, a score of 50 or better on a CLEP test gets you your credit. This does not necessarily mean that you got half the questions right. The raw scores are converted into standardized scores ranging from 20 to 80.

    http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/clep/scr_grade.html

    http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/clep/scr_cgs.html

    I believe that CLEP's have a mean and median of 50 and a standard deviation of 10, so a 50 or better would mean at least an average score. A 60 would mean 1 standard deviation above average.

    If so, the percentiles would be roughly as follows:

    30--- 5th %ile
    40--16th
    50--50th
    60--84th
    70--95th
    80--99th

    I haven't been able to find a site that matches CLEP raw scores with their equivalent standardized scores.

    What bain4weeks.com is saying is, "If you get half your practice test questions right, you'll do as well as or better than 50% of the test-takers."
     

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