Friday, June 12, 2009

I am continually {amazed}

Ok, so all day today I've been a little stressed out about getting my scores back. A couple months ago, I took 2 tests that were very important to my future in education. In order for me to begin student teaching, I needed to take 2 tests: the VRA and the VCLA (along with the Praxis 2 that I had already taken). I decided to take them both on the same day, and then I seriously doubted that that was a good move. I met several people the day of the test that were taking one or the other test for the 3rd or 5th time! I began to worry, but there wasn't a whole lot I could do.

Well, today the {unofficial} scores came out via email at 5pm. I was grocery shopping when my alarm went off to remind me to check my email. I got home, put away the groceries, and tried to to remain calm. I logged in, and here's what I found:

Test Date: 05/16/2009



Reading Subtest: Standard: 235 Your Score: 288


Writing Subtest: Standard: 235 Your Score: 272


VCLA Total Test: Minimum Passing Score: 470
Highest Total Score: 560


Highest Achieved
Subtest Scaled Score Test Date
Reading Subtest 288 05/16/2009
Writing Subtest 272 05/16/2009

VCLA Status: Passed

Test: Virginia Reading Assessment for Elementary and Special Education
Your Score: 265
Minimum Passing Scaled Score: 235
Status: Passed

So, what does that mean? Well, I definitely DON'T have to take those two tests again. Now, I know what most of you are thinking: "Pam, why do you EVER worry? You always do well!" But, hey, there's always that little voice in the back of my mind that is unsure. I'm just so, oh, I don't know, RELIEVED would be a good word. You should have seen me. I was doing the famous Matthew Happy Dance (probably only Matt will know what that looks like). When I finally calmed down enough, I decided to share with you all my good news. Now, aren't you glad I shared?? :)

Oh, and I finally figured out how to put a {heart} into my text.

So there!



  1. heck yes, i'm glad you shared! and can i just say....i'm not suprised! :)
    good job, pam. your pretty much the smartest person i know! :)

  2. pam,
    i forgot, i took that test, too. didn't think i did very good. in reading, my score was 289, and for the writing part, i got only 273. should i retake it?

    hey, seriously, little sister, i am way happy for you. you make us helms look semi-good!

  3. Whatever, Jill! You don't fool me! :)

  4. You go Pam...congrats! Oh, and how DO you do the heart?

  5. Well, just type & hearts ; without the spaces. That's the "and symbol" then "hearts" then "semicolon", all without spaces.

    I had to look it up on google. :)


    PS. Thanks for all the congrats! :)

  6. Congrats Pam! Just talked to three different people today who failed the Praxis II. I was thinking I needed to be worried, but maybe not. How many times can you take the Praxis, and does it matter how early you take it? I was thinking I should do it after this Grammar class, it might help!

  7. DO you make a heart? i am SO confused!!!
    i just push the alt button down at the same time that i push the 3 (the one on the right side of the key board) button down.

  8. Ok, I had never heard that kate! That is SO much easier than the way I learned. hmmm... ♥ or ♥ either way, it works!