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Graduate Record Exam
The GRE® General Test is a standardized reasoning exam that is administered as part of the graduate school admissions process. Colleges and universities use GRE scores to evaluate a student’s readiness for graduate-level course work. The GRE® General Test assesses critical thinking and reasoning skills that help to determine the probability for successful academic performance. Other factors, such as undergraduate grades, interviews, and letters of recommendation also contribute to the admissions application portfolio.
Format: Computer Section-Level Adaptive Test
- Verbal Reasoning: 40 Multiple-choice questions (reading comprehension, text completion, and sentence equivalence)
- Quantitative Reasoning: 40 multiple-choice (arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis, word problems, and data interpretation)
- Analytical Writing Assessment: 2 essays (analyze an issue and analyze an argument)
Graduate Management Admission Test
The GMAT measures the skills you have developed throughout your college career in quantitative, verbal, integrated reasoning and analytical writing assessment. The GMAT helps graduate business schools evaluate the probability for success in advanced study in an MBA program or other graduate program.
Format: Computer Adaptive Test
- Verbal Section: 41 multiple-choice questions (reading comprehension, sentence correction, and critical reasoning)
- Quantitative Section: 37 multiple-choice questions (arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis, word problems, and data interpretation)
- Analytical Writing Assessment: 1 essay (analyze an argument).
- Integrated Reasoning Section: 12 questions (graph interpretation, table analysis, two-part analysis, and multi-source reasoning).
Law School Admission Test
The LSAT is designed to measure the range of your reading and reasoning abilities related to the study of law. The LSAT is reasoning oriented. Therefore, it is critical to understand the thinking processes involved to receive your best possible score. Your success on the LSAT demonstrates your ability to read with skilled comprehension and to reason clearly under time constraints. These strengths are important to both the study and practice of law.
Format: Paper-Based Test
- Reading Comprehension: 26-28 multiple-choice questions
- Analytical Reasoning: 23-24 multiple-choice questions
- *Logical Reasoning (2 sections): 24-26 questions in each section, or a total of about 48-52 questions
- Writing Sample: 1 essay
*Note: Logical Reasoning has two sections and accounts for 50% of the exam score.
California Basic Educational Skills Test
The CBEST was developed to meet requirements related to credentialing and employment. It is based upon the theory that teachers should be able to use the same skills taught to students – skills essential to students both in the classroom and outside school. Each of the three sections receives a score ranging from 20 to 80. The passing score for each section is 41. The total passing score for the CBEST is 123. If you score below the passing mark on one section (or even on two sections) but your total score is 123 or higher, you can still pass the exam but only if your score in each section is 37 or above.
Format: Paper-Based or Computer-Based Test
- Reading Comprehension: 50 multiple-choice questions
- Mathematics: 50 multiple-choice questions
- Essay Writing: 2 essays
CSET: Multiple Subjects
California Subject Examinations for Teachers
The CSET is designed to evaluate subject-matter competence and Common Core State Standards. Your success on the CSET: Multiple Subjects exam depends upon your measured knowledge and skills in the subjects taught in California classrooms. The exam is based upon the California classroom framework, curriculum, and instructional materials. The test consists of 143 multiple-choice questions and 11 short constructed-response questions.
Scores range from 100-300 for each subtest. In each subtest, the multiple-choice section is worth 70% and the short constructed-response section is worth 30%. To pass each subtest, you need about 65-70% correct on the multiple-choice questions and an average score of about “2” on each short constructed- response question. There is no penalty for guessing, so never leave an answer blank. Always attempt a response on the short constructed-response questions since you may get at least partial credit for attempting an answer. A calculator is provided on your computer screen during the test. You may register for 1, 2 or all 3 subtests.
Format: Computer-Based Test
- Subtest I
Reading, Language, and Literature (26 MC questions and 2 SCR questions)
History and Social Science (26 MC questions and 2 SCR questions)
- Subtest II
Science (26 MC questions and 2 SCR questions)
Math (26 MC questions and SCR questions)
- Subtest III
Physical Education (13 MC questions and 1 SCR question)
Human Development (13 MC questions and 1 SCR question)
Visual and Performing Arts (13 MC questions and 1 SCR question)
*Note: MC = Multiple-choice questions
SCR = Short-constructed response questions
Reading Instruction Competence Assessment
The RICA is designed to assess knowledge and skills in reading instruction for teachers and potential elementary school teachers. It was adopted by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) “to measure an individual’s knowledge, skill, and ability relative to effective reading instruction.” The RICA is composed of two different and separate assessments—the RICA Written Examination and the RICA Video Performance Assessment. Test-takers must pass either one of the two assessments to complete the requirement.
Format: Computer-Based Test
- Multiple-Choice Section (70 questions addressing all five domains, but only 60 questions are scored)
- Constructed-Response Essays (4 essays from Domains 2, 3, 4, 5 that are focused educational problems and instructional tasks)
- Case-Study Essay (1 essay addressing all five domains)
- Domain 1: Planning, Organizing, and Managing Reading Instruction Based on Ongoing Assessment.
- Domain 2: Word Analysis
- Domain 3: Fluency
- Domain 4: Vocabulary, Academic Language, and Background Knowledge
- Domain 5: Comprehension