# Scoring

Discussion in 'MCSA' started by RogueIT, May 12, 2008.

1. ### RogueITGuest

I know that microsoft scoring is one of the mysteries of the universe but I
was wondering if any one could attempt a guess at how many of the 47
questions I missed, If I made a 606 on the test.
thanks,
Rogue

RogueIT, May 12, 2008

2. ### JohnBGuest

If I'm not mistaken, the final score represents your percentage of correct
scores.
Just like in school, if there were 100 questions and you answered 80 right,
the formula would be 80/100= .80 or an 80

So for you it would be:
(number of right answers) / (number of questions) = 606

Or more correctly, a .606

so the formula would be x/47=.606

With X = 28.482 (correct answers)
and 47-28=19 (approximately)

So you got about 19 questions wrong.

"RogueIT" <> wrote in message
news:...
>I know that microsoft scoring is one of the mysteries of the universe but I
> was wondering if any one could attempt a guess at how many of the 47
> questions I missed, If I made a 606 on the test.
> thanks,
> Rogue

JohnB, May 12, 2008

3. ### RogueITGuest

I knew I did better on the test that that...
I probably only missed one question...the one that counts as 400 magical
microsoft points...
%&^\$% IT!!!
Oh well...I got a "2nd shot"

RogueIT, May 12, 2008
4. ### John RGuest

"catwalker63" <> wrote in message
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> "JohnB" <> prattled ceaselessly in
> news:#:
>
>>
>>
>> "RogueIT" <> wrote in message
>> news:...
>>>I know that microsoft scoring is one of the mysteries of the universe
>>>but I
>>> was wondering if any one could attempt a guess at how many of the 47
>>> questions I missed, If I made a 606 on the test.
>>> thanks,
>>> Rogue

>>
>> If I'm not mistaken, the final score represents your percentage of
>> correct scores.
>> Just like in school, if there were 100 questions and you answered 80
>> right, the formula would be 80/100= .80 or an 80
>>
>> So for you it would be:
>> (number of right answers) / (number of questions) = 606
>>
>> Or more correctly, a .606
>>
>> so the formula would be x/47=.606
>>
>> With X = 28.482 (correct answers)
>> and 47-28=19 (approximately)
>>
>> So you got about 19 questions wrong.

>
>
> You are mistaken. That would be correct if 606 represented a percentage
> but it doesn't. MS has not published the possible score and they have
> deliberately obfiscated the scoring process. Passing is 700 but it does
> not represent 70% -- it represents the passing score, which is,
> potentially, something else entirely. It's like Pass/Fail but more
> confusing. Questions are possibly weighted, possibly not.
>
> --

You don't even know how many of the 47 questions you were asked actually
counted towards your final score. Some of them may have been beta questions
that are not scored.

John R

John R, May 12, 2008
5. ### JohnBGuest

Ok, I'm wrong. There's a first time for everything ;-)

It's not surprising that Microsoft if making this so secretive but.... this
raises the question; if everyone is saying it is an unknown, as far as how
Microsoft scores their tests, how do we know it isn't simply based on a
percentage, as I had guessed. I'm not having a hard time admitting I'm
wrong... just wondering how anyone knows that they do in fact NOT use a
basic percentage system.

>> If I'm not mistaken, the final score represents your percentage of

>
>
> You are mistaken. That would be correct if 606 represented a percentage
> but it doesn't. MS has not published the possible score and they have
> deliberately obfiscated the scoring process. Passing is 700 but it does
> not represent 70% -- it represents the passing score, which is,
> potentially, something else entirely. It's like Pass/Fail but more
> confusing. Questions are possibly weighted, possibly not.
>
> --
> Catwalker
> MCNGP #43
> www.mcngp.com
> "Definitely not wearing any underwear."

JohnB, May 12, 2008
6. ### Michael D. Alligood [CertGuard, Inc.]Guest

Michael D. Alligood [CertGuard, Inc.], May 13, 2008
7. ### John RGuest

"JohnB" <> wrote in message
news:...
> Ok, I'm wrong. There's a first time for everything ;-)
>
> It's not surprising that Microsoft if making this so secretive but....
> this raises the question; if everyone is saying it is an unknown, as far
> as how Microsoft scores their tests, how do we know it isn't simply based
> on a percentage, as I had guessed. I'm not having a hard time admitting
> I'm wrong... just wondering how anyone knows that they do in fact NOT use
> a basic percentage system.
>
>

Here is one of the FAQs on exams.
http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcpexams/faq/preparing.mspx

Here is an excerpt from that FAQ...
"The different passing scores are statistically insignificant. For example,
an examinee who scores 900 is not necessarily more knowledgeable in the
exam's topic area than an examinee who scores 800."

In a pure percentage situation, an examinee who scores 900 would have
necessarily performed better than an examinee who scored 800. I suggest you
read the entire FAQ. It may be all smoke and mirrors, we just don't know.
Therefore, one cannot say with any reasonable amount of certainty that one
is correct or the other. If it makes you feel better to believe you are
correct, then by all means, have at it.

John R

John R, May 13, 2008
8. ### JaRGuest

On 5/12/2008,JohnB had the unmitigated gall to claim:

> Ok, I'm wrong. There's a first time for everything ;-)
>
> It's not surprising that Microsoft if making this so secretive
> but.... this raises the question; if everyone is saying it is an
> unknown, as far as how Microsoft scores their tests, how do we know
> it isn't simply based on a percentage, as I had guessed. I'm not
> having a hard time admitting I'm wrong... just wondering how anyone
> knows that they do in fact NOT use a basic percentage system.
>
>
>
> > > If I'm not mistaken, the final score represents your percentage of

>
> >
> >
> > You are mistaken. That would be correct if 606 represented a
> > percentage but it doesn't. MS has not published the possible score
> > and they have deliberately obfiscated the scoring process. Passing
> > is 700 but it does not represent 70% -- it represents the passing
> > score, which is, potentially, something else entirely. It's like
> > Pass/Fail but more confusing. Questions are possibly weighted,
> > possibly not.
> >
> > -- Catwalker
> > MCNGP #43
> > www.mcngp.com
> > "Definitely not wearing any underwear."

We actually have had folks report scores >1000 in here. Hasn't happened
very often, but it has happened.

--
JaR
Just to completely confuse