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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 1/2-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.

BEST Plus 2.0 Test Administrator Training Options
Test Administrators can either be trained through a CAL facilitated workshop (Option 1) or by attending a workshop hosted by a state training partner (Option 2).

Option 1: CAL facilitated training workshop
CAL conducts virtual training workshops with experienced BEST Plus 2.0 trainers multiple times a year. These workshops are open to any registered participants. The 2022-23 program year schedule- including registration links- is available below.

CAL also offers private (contracted) training workshops with a more customizable schedule to meet your program’s needs. CAL has experience working with programs to determine the number of test administrators needed to meet your program needs. Our pricelist provides you with the cost per workshop depending on the number of Test Administrator candidates you wish to train. Please do not hesitate to e-mail us or call us for any questions on private training workshops.

Training Calendar for 2022-23 Program Year
Links to register for available trainings are listed below:
Month Training Dates Registration Link
September BEST Plus 2.0 Test Administrator Training 09/13-15/2022 Deadline, 9/06/2022
November BEST Plus 2.0 Test Administrator Training 11/09-11/2022 Deadline, 11/02/2022
January BEST Plus 2.0 Test Administrator Training 1/24-26/2023 Deadline, 1/17/2023
March BEST Plus 2.0 Test Administrator Training 03/08-10/2023 Deadline, 03/01/2023
May BEST Plus 2.0 Test Administrator Training 05/09-11/2023 Deadline, 05/02/2023

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, 1-4:30 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?
To participate, you will need a stable internet connection, audio/visual equipment to participate in videoconferencing, and a PC to run the BEST Plus 2.0 software BEST Plus 2.0 software runs on Windows XP or higher operating system

What materials will CAL provide?
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.

Option 2: 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

District of Columbia
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia

Email CAL to learn more.

Customized Trainings Available for Your Program!
CAL can offer customized trainings to meet your program’s needs. These trainings include Test Administrator Refresher trainings, Trainings of trainings and of course personalized and private BEST Plus 2.0 Test Administrator Trainings. Please contact us via email. CAL will get back to you within five business days.


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