How EdReady Scoring Works - For Students

If you have questions about how you are being scored in EdReady, this article will help you better understand what is going on in the background. 

Keep in mind that EdReady is not a high-stakes testing environment. You take a diagnostic test to get started, and then EdReady builds a personalized study path to help you reach your goal.

If you are using an EdReady site that has been customized by your school or testing center, they have set a "Target Score" that they want you to reach.

Our public site (for independent learners only) has Target Scores based on the requirements of common placement tests and other educational goals. 

What you will learn about in this article:


Basics of EdReady Scoring

First, you should understand a few important points.

  • Your EdReady score does not translate to a traditional percentage as you might expect on a test.
  • Your score is not a progress metric. For example, a score of 70 does not mean you are 70% finished, nor does it mean that you got 70 out of 100 correct.
  • Your EdReady score represents the percentage of learning objectives you have mastered on your study path. So, for example, an EdReady score of 70 means that you have mastered 70% of the learning objectives covered in your study path. 

The actual number of learning objectives in your study path depends on how your school set things up. So, while your score does indicate that you are getting closer to your target score, the actual correlation between your individual test scores and the overall EdReady score is difficult to see. But overall, if you are studying before taking the topic tests, you should see your score go up pretty consistently. There are some exceptions, which you can review below.

The impact of each individual topic test on your overall score varies depending on how many learning objectives are covered by your Study Path. Since EdReady only shows the score as a whole number, a test that has a smaller impact may not raise the score by a full point. 

If you are working on a large study path (e.g., more than 10 units), then there is a lot of material to master. As a result, mastering one or even a few topics may not change your EdReady score, and mastering a single unit probably will not change your EdReady score very much.

Target Score

You may not have to master every learning objective in your study path. Your school has set a "Target Score" that they want you to reach in order to be considered "ready" for your educational goal. This score might be 70 or 80 or 90 instead of 100. 

However, if you want to keep studying to reach 100, in most cases you may do so. After you reach your target score, there is an option to "continue studying" if your school has allowed it. This will reset your target score to 100 so that you can continue to raise your score.

If you just want to go back to topics you have already mastered (without raising your target score) you may visit the "Topics you have mastered" on the right sidebar. Do keep in mind that these tests WILL impact your overall score. If you have reached your target score, then you take a unit or topic test and do not demonstrate mastery, your score may fall below the target score. But, as always, you can raise it again by studying and testing on that topic.

Studying and Testing: "Learn" and "Test" Buttons

The "Learn" button is where you study, and the "Test" button is your opportunity to check your knowledge of the topic you have been studying. The "Learn" portion has no impact on your EdReady score. You can study at any time, review the Topic Text, repeat the practice tests, and watch the videos until you feel comfortable with the material and want to test again.

If you have tested and did not demonstrate mastery of the material, you must go into the Learn section and study before you can test again. So the "Test" button gets grayed out, and you see an arrow pointing to the "Learn" button.

My Score Went Down

This is normal. Your EdReady score can go up and down depending on your topic test results.

The best way to avoid the score going down is to study in the "Learn" section before you take a test. Students who retake tests over and over without studying tend to see their scores drop or remain stagnant instead of rising steadily. Be sure to pay close attention to the Topic Text. It is a comprehensive textbook resource built right into EdReady, and it covers everything you will be tested on.

Another reason your score may go down is related to the configuration of the initial diagnostic. Some learning objectives are included on your study path but are not tested on your initial diagnostic. Those objectives are marked with a "neutral" score because EdReady does not know anything about your skill level on that particular objective.

Only after you take a test on those topics can they be factored in accurately.  If you do not master the material the first time you test on it, you may see a drop in your score. You can rectify that by studying in "Learn" and mastering the topic "Test". (For a description of all the statuses in EdReady, see this article.)

My Score Is Staying The Same

Your score can seem to be "stuck" for a wide variety of reasons. The most important thing for you to do is keep studying and testing and in time it will go up. Here are some common and normal reasons why your score may stay the same for a while.

  • You are testing on concepts that were already assessed when you took the diagnostic. This is normal. You will see more variation in your score (up or down!) when you work on topics that you were not initially tested on.
  • You are maintaining the same level of mastery through several tests. Be sure to study well before you test again.
  • Your study path has a lot of learning objectives, so each test has a relatively smaller impact. (See Basics of EdReady Scoring above for more information.)
  • The test you are taking has a smaller impact on the overall score. This depends on how many learning objectives are covered and it varies depending on how the study path is customized by your school.
  • Configuration options selected by your school can limit how quickly your score can rise.

So if you feel stuck, just relax, and keep working toward your goal. There is nothing wrong with EdReady, and there are many reasons why this happens temporarily. And be sure that you always study before you test or retest. 

More Information

If you have any questions about your score, you are welcome to get in touch with EdReady staff for a technical explanation, but our staff is not directly associated with your school. Use the blue "Help" button at the bottom of the screen to get in touch with us.

If you have questions about how your school is using your score, or what your school's requirements are, you will need to contact the person or department who told you to use EdReady. 

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