Understanding Your Test Results
For each test or subtest, examinee performance is evaluated against an established standard. A National Benchmark score has been established for each test; however, states that accept the NES tests for teacher certification may set their own passing score, independent of the National Benchmark. Teacher candidates should confirm the test's passing score through the applicable teacher certification agency in the relevant state.
The total test or subtest score is based on the number of raw score points earned on each section (multiple-choice section and, for some tests, constructed-response section); the proportion accounted for by each section, if applicable; and the scaling of that score. Raw scores are converted to a scale of 100 to 300.
Scoring constructed responses. Information about the scoring of constructed responses, including performance characteristics and the score scale, is available in the preparation materials. The following tests include constructed-response assignments; select a test to access the preparation materials.
- Essential Academic Skills Subtest II: Writing
- Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary
- Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Secondary
- Chinese (Mandarin)
How to Read Your Score Report
Your score report is provided to you with information about how to read your score report. You can also review that information here.
- NES Score Report Explanation
- NES State-Specific Score Report Explanation This is an example of the score report explanation you will receive if your state accepts NES tests for teacher certification. The example is intended for illustrative purposes only and may differ from your state's actual score report explanation.