RICA Test Pass Rates & Scoring Information


RICA Passing Rates

The overall, first-time passing rate for individuals taking the RICA exam from 2010 to 2015 is 69.9%. Separate passing rates for each test format are also reported for this time frame. Only 46.7% of individuals who took the video exam passed the first time, while 70% of individuals who took the written exam passed on their first attempt.

The cumulative pass rate for 2010-2015, which takes all test attempts into account, is 53.6% for the video exam and 90.7% for the written exam.

RICA Passing Score

A score of 220 is required to pass the RICA test. This applies to both the written and video examinations.

On either version of the test, individuals earn what's called a raw score that's based on the total points they receive for their answers. Their raw score is then converted to a scaled score. The highest score possible is 300, and the lowest score possible is 100.

Written Exam Scoring System

The written exam contains multiple-choice and constructed-response questions, one of which consists of a case study. Both question types are used to assess test-takers in the exam's five content areas, but the test focuses on some content areas more than others. The percentage of test questions covering each area breaks down as follows:

  • Planning, Organizing, and Managing Reading Instruction - 10%
  • Word Analysis - 35%
  • Fluency - 13%
  • Vocabulary, Academic Language, and Background Knowledge - 20%
  • Comprehension - 23%

Who Scores the Written Exam?

The multiple-choice section of the exam contains 70 questions. It's graded using a computer system. Answers are either right or wrong. The scoring system does not deduct points for incorrect answers, so individuals who do not know the answer to a question can guess without being worried about score penalties.

The constructed-response sections on the RICA written exam are scored by two qualified educators using predetermined scoring guidelines.

Video Exam Scoring System

Scorers also use predetermined guidelines for scoring video exams. They look at the same five content areas and determine if a test-taker understands and knows how to apply relevant pedagogy in order to create an appropriate lesson plan. Scorers also look at a test-taker's ability to instruct students using that lesson plan. The other factor they consider is whether a test-taker has provided supporting materials relevant to his or her submission.

There are three parts to each video submission. If any part fails to meet the submission requirements, then the test-taker will receive a failing grade.

Who Scores Video Exams?

Two qualified educators from California score each video exam. Each scorer awards up to four points per video packet, for up to eight points total.

Information on the Score Report

Individuals who took the written or video test receive a score report that can be used to help them identify which sections of the test they did well on and where they need to improve if they did not pass the test.

Written Test Score Report

A test-taker's score report looks at the five primary content areas and provides an indication of how well an individual did in each domain. The score report uses a system involving + symbols. Receiving a + or ++ indicates poor performance in that area. Test-takers who receive +++ or ++++ met or exceeded performance standards, with individuals who receive ++++ obtaining strong scores.

This system is also used to indicate how well a person did on his or her case study.

Video Test Score Report

Individuals who earned less than six points on one or more of their video packets receive diagnostic information along with their score report. The diagnostic information lists up to six areas where test-takers need to improve. The areas for potential improvement that may be noted are:

  • Their ability to analyze lessons
  • Their ability to develop an assessment-based objective for their lesson
  • Whether they demonstrated accurate reading knowledge per RICA guidelines
  • How effectively they provided clear instructions and explanations to students when teaching their lesson
  • Their ability to adhere to instructional objectives and create a lesson that meets those expectations
  • Their ability to correlate their lesson's objective with RICA competency objectives

RICA Test Resources

To review for the RICA exam, take advantage of this RICA Exam: Test Prep & Practice course. This resource has more than 120 short lessons that cover the material on the RICA exam. Individuals can work at their own pace and be confident that they have reviewed relevant material before taking the exam.

California offers educators and prospective educators two RICA assessment options. Read on for study and preparation tips to help you pass whichever RICA assessment you plan to take.

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