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2 Students do not understand the purpose of the test. Students do not understand the difference between entrance exams vs. placement exams. Students do not take the test seriously. School system needed help in preparing students for the exam which included student buy-in.

3 The purpose of ACCUPLACER tests is to provide students with useful information about their academic skills in math, English, and reading. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with students academic background, goals, and interests, are used by academic advisors and counselors to help determine course selection. Students cannot "pass" or "fail" the placement tests, but it is very important that they realize they must take these tests seriously so they have an accurate measure of their academic skills. accuplacer3

4 To understand what ACCUPLACER is and how it can help support their educational goals. To support schools system in preparing students. To provide information regarding the ramifications of not being preparing. To provide supports/information for preparation.


6 ACCUPLACER = Placement Placement is determined based on the skills demonstrated during the exam. Placement will determine where students start in their college coursework. SAT = Entrance Colleges can require students to receive x score before they are accepted as a student at the college.

7 1. What are Developmental Classes? 2. How much do they cost? 3. Do they count toward graduation? 4. Do they have to take them? 5. How many developmental classes are there?

8 Depending on the score earned, requirements can include completing Developmental/Non-Credit coursework. This occurs because the skills demonstrated during the test do not match the skills required to achieve academic success in a credit level course. Developmental coursework is provided in order to develop skills needed which makes, what many institutions refer to as, College Ready.

9 Classes required based on SAT or placement scores. They DO NOT count toward college graduation. They are required to take and pass,because in most instances they are pre-requisites or co-requisites of credit classes. These courses cost the same as other classes.

10 AACC (Public In-State 2 year) AACC In-County $103 * 3 = $309 ( per credit coast * number of credits) University of Maryland (Public In-State 4 year) University of Maryland In-state $290 * 3 = $870 Out of State $1014 * 3 = $3,042 Dartmouth No longer provide a per credit cost = $ 42,996 per semester (Private Out- of-State 4 year) NOTE- COST CALCULATED ON A 3 CREDIT PER CLASS AVERAGE. Costs do not include fees

11 For every three credit class, students can expect the following time commitments: IN-CLASS TIME 15 weeks 45 hours of class time in those 15 weeks HOMEWORK TIME 3 hours per credit 9 hours per week 135 hours per semester PER CLASS! Remember….this is for a class that does not count toward college graduation that can be taken in high school for FREE!

12 Although the goal is to reduce the number of Development/Noncredit classes students have to take, the reality is: 40% of college freshmen have to take a non-credit English/reading class, 70% of college freshmen have to take a non-credit math class.

13 There are three sections: Reading, English and Math. Within those three sections your skills will be assessed in the following areas: Click here for more information Click here for more information Reading Comprehension Sentence Skills Elementary Algebra College-Level Mathematics It is UNTIMED so do not rush! It is a Computer Adaptive Test. This means that the questions are chosen on the basis of the answer provided from the previous question. This technique selects the right questions based on the ability level demonstrated. Because the test works this way, every question must be answered. It is possibility that only one math test is taken. This is determined by the computer, based on the skills displayed during the first math test.

14 ACCUPLACER iPhone App






20 The following slides outline placement options. Regarding Reading/ English Placement- It is important to know that the reading and sentence skill sections of the exam work together to provide English Placement. Depending on the combination of these two tests, potential developmental coursework requirements may vary. The next three screens provide credit/non-credit options based on the three sections of the placement test. Developmental/Non-Credit Classes are red and Credit Level Classes are green.

21 Math 010 Comparable to Pre-Algebra Math 011 Comparable to Algebra I Math 012 Comparable to Algebra II Math 131 College Level Math Math 151 Pre Calc Math 191 Calculus

22 ReadingRSW300 Reading026 Reading 027 Reading 028

23 English001 English002English003 English111 English112 English121

24 Once the test is completed, a score report will be created. Staff from the college will explain/interpret the scores and provide any possible options along with answering questions.

25 Take this opportunity SERIOUSELY. Retesting is LIMITED! The reading and sentence skills sections of the ACCUPLACER may be taken again…..ONCE. You may come to any of the three testing center locations during our regular hours to retest. Retest in math is not an option without taking the tutorial recommended based on your score. Additional information on this will be provided as test scores are reviewed with individual students.

26 Relax! ACCUPLACER was designed to help you succeed in college. Your score helps you and your advisor determine which courses are most appropriate for your current level of knowledge and skills. You will be able to concentrate better on the test if you get plenty of rest and eat properly prior to the test. You should also use the restroom and gather your thoughts before the test begins. Pay careful attention to directions, and be sure you understand the directions before you begin each test.

27 Understand that this is an adaptive test. Questions are chosen based on the answers to previous questions. Because the test works this way, every question must be answered; answers can not be changed once submitted. If you do not know the answer to a question, try to eliminate one or more of the choices. Click Here for Sample Test

28 Students in high school have little understanding about what developmental classes are and how they can effect their long term plans. Students gained greater understanding of how they can use ACCUPLACER along with SAT/ACTs in meeting their college entrance goals. High school staff gained additional information which assists them in counseling students.

29 Look into making a video link with this information on our testing center site. Research grant possibilities for purchasing ipads, for students to use on campus and in the high schools, for students to try. Evaluate how we currently provide information when counseling students to ensure it is consistent. Review Assessment Procedures and what we can do to collect effectiveness data.

30 QUESTIONS? Thank you for attending this session!

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