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What does my rating mean?

In order to understand your results, it is imperative that you understand the skills that this test has been designed to measure. This test measures your basic competency for a variety of essential components of cued English. This test determines your ability to model all of these elements so that you may render an English message through cues with a consistent level of clarity and accuracy. This screening measures your expressive skills and provides feedback in the form of Error Analysis, providing you with a prescriptive course of action to improve your skills further. This screening is in no way designed to measure your ability to transliterate or instruct others. This test is a prerequisite for other certification exams with batteries of tests to assess skills with regard to those professions. Although it is necessary to administer tests which assign a quantitative score, you benefit from the detailed advice offered from qualified raters. Ultimately, standardized tests should not pigeon-hole people into numbered ratings, but provide the feedback necessary which ultimately translates into better communication at home, at school, or in the workplace.

How is my score determined?

Your overall score is a number between zero (0) and four (4) that was averaged from the sum of your scores from six various task sections. Each task section is outlined for you with your accompanying scores and error analyses.

Why do I have to achieve the highest rating as a prerequisite for other tests?

The “highest rating” for the CAECS-E is actually a range of scores between 3.4 and 4.0. These scores are not reserved for error-free cuers. The overall score is an average from the six Tasks sections. An individual can make approximately 18 errors in a series of more than 20 sentences and still receive a score of 4.0 for that section. Additionally, it is possible for a testee to receive a score of one (1) in any single task section and still receive an overall “Acceptable” rating. The “highest rating” actually serves as a baseline. The rating has been named “Acceptable” because the cuers who achieve that rating are able to demonstrate the skills necessary to render cued English. This level is not reserved for exemplary cuers. This rating is for those cuers who are consistently able to include those elements which are essential for rendering cued English properly and completely.

If I did not achieve the “Acceptable” rating, does that mean that my cueing is “unacceptable?”

Absolutely not. Unfortunately, this test cannot determine how well you are progressing in your learning of the cueing system. You may be aware of some elements of cued English, but which you are not yet able to model. You may have neglected one aspect of cueing mechanics so that you could focus your attention on another for which you received a higher score. These are natural stages of developmental learning and you should be praised for your devotion to ongoing training. However, standardized tests are product oriented. Although you may be doing well in your process of developing proficiency, this screening serves to recognize those cuers who have already achieved a level of skill within accepted parameters.

How can I be expected to pass a Competency screening when I haven’t been cueing very long?

Unfortunately, raters of standardized tests cannot take into account your personal situation when evaluating your performance. Although you may be under pressure from local school districts, state laws, or by the consumers you serve, a testing body can only measure your performance based upon an accepted standard. Although your skills may be developing rapidly as a relatively new cuer, your score is an objective look at the basic components of cued English that you are currently able to demonstrate. The TECUnit does require that the CAECS-E and CAECS-R be successfully completed before a testee can participate in either the national certification exam for transliterators or the national certification exam for instructors. This regulation not only ensures adequate services for consumers, but prevents test subjects from participating in a national exam for which they have not achieved an appropriate level of skill. A testee cannot demonstrate the requisite skills or knowledge as an instructor or transliterator without a mastery of basic expressive cueing.

For how long is my score valid?

The CAECS-E rating is valid for eighteen (18) months from the date your score was awarded.

How long do I have to wait before I can retake the test?

Currently, there are no regulations regarding the duration of time a testee must wait before retaking the CAECS-E. It is recommended that test subjects spend between three (3) to six (6) months to work on assimilating the information outlined in the Error Analysis. It has been shown that test subjects who retake the CAECS soon after receiving their initial score make some corrections of previous errors, but incorporate new errors as they cannot yet synthesize the new skills with those which they had previously been able to model. When you retake the CAECS-E you will be given a different form of the test which measures the same skills and at the same level, but employs different words and sentences. If you must retake the CAECS-E to fulfill your prerequisite requirements for a certification examination, be sure to allow sufficient time to receive the materials, have your screening rated, and receive your results. The entire process can take as long as six weeks. Be aware of application deadlines for certification examinations and plan accordingly.

What if I have questions regarding my screening results?

For this screening to function as a learning tool, you must understand and be able to utilize your results. If you do not understand the feedback you were given in your Error Analysis, contact the national offices of the TECUnit 1.800.523.0964. Be sure to have your Error Analysis and Rating Profile handy. We are committed to helping you in your pursuit of your highest potential as a cuer.

Who should you ask to proctor your screening?

• Someone who never intends to take the screening themselves
• Non-family member
• Non-client or relatives of a client

Does the proctor need to know how to cue?

No, the proctor need not have any knowledge or experience with Cued Speech.

Can I take the caecs if i have proctored it for other individuals?

No. As a proctor, you signed an agreement that you would not be sitting for this screening, along with a nondisclosure agreement.