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BEST Plus 2.0 Test Administrator Training

Test Administrator Guide

BEST Plus 2.0 begins with training to ensure the accurate use and scoring of the test. All administrators are required to attend a 6 contact hour training workshop conducted by a certified BEST Plus 2.0 trainer before they may begin testing.

 

Goals of the BEST Plus 2.0 Training Workshops

During the training, the trainer provides the workshop participants with an overview of the development and the purposes of BEST Plus 2.0. Participants are guided through scoring benchmarks and practice administering the test and scoring responses in a group environment.

BEST Plus 2.0 training can be customized to highlight the computer-adaptive or semi-adaptive print-based verson of the test depending on the program's needs. Test administrators often comment that the training workshop is a good professional development opportunity to understand oral proficiency in the context of an assessment. Learn about training options.

BEST Plus 2.0 Test Administrator Training Options
Several training options are available to meet the diverse needs of adult English language programs.



Option 1: CAL facilitated training workshop
Experienced BEST Plus 2.0 trainers from CAL can conduct a training workshop at your location or remotely. CAL offers private (contracted) training and public trainings (see schedule below). CAL has experience working with programs to determine the number of test administrators that should be trained to meet the program needs. Please review our pricelist and email CAL for assistance to discuss. Please see below for our training calendar for public trainings during 2021-22 program year.

CAL offers Test Administrator training workshops. New trainees and programs should register for the BEST Plus 2.0 Test Administrator Training (Virtual). Existing test administrators needing recalibration should attend BEST Plus 2.0 Refresher Training (Virtual). See below for details.

BEST Plus 2.0 Test Administrator Training (Virtual)

What is the schedule?
Day 1, 1:30-4:30 pm EDT via Zoom Day 2, self-paced via CAL's Learning Management System Day 3, 1:30-4:30 pm EDT via Zoom

Who this is for?
Those looking to become a Test Administrator of BEST Plus 2.0

What you will learn?
Understanding the Scoring Rubric; Demo of BEST Plus 2.0 Software; and Practice & Application via Calibration Activity

What do you need?
CAL staff will provide you with digital copies of the BEST Plus 2.0 Test Administrator Guide, BEST Plus Scoring Rubric, and BEST Plus 2.0 Software To participate, you will need a stable internet connection, audio/visual equipment to participate in video-conferencing, and a PC to run the BEST Plus 2.0 software BEST Plus 2.0 software runs on Windows XP or higher operating system

BEST Plus 2.0 Refresher Training (Virtual)

What is the schedule? Day 1 1:00-5:00 pm EDT via Zoom Day 2, self-paced via CAL's Learning Management System

Who this is for?
Previously trained BEST Plus Test Administrators

What you will learn?
How to apply the BEST Scoring Rubric; Effective administration processes; and Identifying your strengths & challenges.

What do you need?
CAL staff will provide you with a digital copy of the BEST Plus Scoring Rubric To participate, you will need a stable internet connection and audio/visual equipment to participate in video-conferencing

Training Calendar for 21-22 Program Year
Links to register for available trainings are listed below:
Month Training Dates Registration Info
September BEST Plus 2.0 Test Administrator Training 09/22-24/2021 Link coming soon!
November BEST Plus 2.0 Refresher Training 11/09-11/2021 Link coming soon!
January BEST Plus 2.0 Test Administrator Training 1/21-23/2021 Link coming soon!
March BEST Plus 2.0 Refresher Training 03/01-03/2022 Link coming soon!
April BEST Plus 2.0 Test Administrator Training 04/27-29/2022 Link coming soon!
June BEST Plus 2.0 Test Administrator Training 06/08-10/2022 Link coming soon!

Customized Trainings Available for Your Program!
Don't see a date that works for you? Contact us to plan a workshop just for your program or join our waitlist.



Option 2: Attend a regional workshop
CAL hosts regional training workshops in states where there is not a certified BEST Plus 2.0 training partner. Please email CAL for pricing and information or to be notified when a regional training is scheduled.




Option 3: Attend a training workshop hosted by a state training partner
These states have certified BEST Plus 2.0 trainers who periodically offer BEST Plus 2.0 test administrator training. (Pricing and schedules are determined by state training partners)

Alabama

Louisiana

North Carolina

South Dakota

Alaska

Maryland

North Dakota

Texas

Colorado

Massachusetts

Ohio

Utah

Delaware

Mississippi

Oklahoma

Virginia

District of Columbia

Montana

Oregon

West Virginia

Georgia

Nebraska

Pennsylvania

Wisconsin

Illinois

New Jersey

Rhode Island

Wyoming

Kentucky

New York

South Carolina


Email CAL to learn more.



Training Materials

At the workshop, each participant receives what is needed to begin testing:

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