QCC College Placement TestingModule 3 Joan Ladik, Director Advising and Assessment Quinsigamond Community College 2004
Why should our students take the College Placement test? • Mandated by Board of Higher Education • Must demonstrate abilities in basic English and Math • Test places students into appropriate level courses
How can students prepare for the College Placement test? • Review Study Guide available in 61A • Hardcopy sample questions available in reading, sentence skills, arithmetic and algebra • Website available: • (http://www.aims.edu/assessment_site/study_guides.htm) • Tip Sheet on Essay Writing included
How long does it take to complete the College Placement test? • Full test takes approximately 2 – 2.5 hours • Individual tests approximately 1 hour
How does the College Placement test work? • Use of an Adaptive, multiple choice question format: • If a question is answered correctly = a more difficult question follows • If a question is answered incorrectly = a less difficult question follows • At test completion, Accuplacer scores the test and provides a score report
How do we use the test scores to place our students? Score report provides: • individual course placement • advisor reviews scores with students and/or • after meeting with an advisor, students will be able to use the WEB to choose courses and register from home
Student ID: XXXXX Student DOB: XXXXXX First Name: XXXXXX Major Name: Not provided. Last Name: XXXXXX College Name: Quinsigamond CC Middle Initial: Test Date Score Reading Comprehension 11/02/2001 80.9 Sentence Skills 11/02/2001 79.5 SCORE REPORT Test Results PlacementCOLLEGE LEVEL READINGWRITING SAMPLE
What if a student does not “pass” the placement test? • There really is no “passing” or “failing” the CPT • Math and English cutscores place students into appropriate courses
What about re-testing? • Students may take the CPT twice without charge • On each successive attempt, after the second, students must pay a nominal $5.00 fee for each retest
Glossary of Terms • College Placement Test(CPT/Assessment test/placement test) – a computerized test that places students into appropriate level courses at QCC • Cut scores –minimum scores acceptable to take an individual course CPT PRE-REQ CUT SCORES CLEP ESL ABE CHALLENGE CO-REQ EBE
Glossary of Terms (continued) • Prerequisite –a course that must be successfully completed before the student may register for another course. The pre-requisite course contains material needed as a foundation for the next course • ESL – English as a Second Language • ABE – Adult Basic Education • EBE – Experience Based Education
Glossary of Terms (continued) • CLEP - The College-Level Examination Program® or CLEP allows students to take a college-level achievement test in lieu of the college course itself. College credit is obtained for each CLEP test taken with a score of 50 or higher. • Challenge – an exam taken by students to earn academic credit for an existing QCC course through testing.
Conditions for Placement at QCC • New students (students who have never attended another college) must take the full CPT • Students who have college credit in mathematics and English do not have to take the test if they have earned a C or better and can provide a transcript • Students taking developmental English courses at QCC must earn a C or better to move on to a higher level English course • Students taking developmental Math courses at QCC must earn a C or better on the departmental final exam or appropriate placement score to move on to a higher level math course
COLLEGE PLACEMENT TEST SCORING ENGLISH ENG 101 (EN 151: Eng Comp & Lit I) = Reading Skills 68 – 120 Sentence Skills 65 or above and Writing Sample 9 - 12 ENG 100 (EN 150: English Comm.) = Reading Skills 68 – 120 = Sentence Skills 65 or above and = Writing Sample 6 – 8 *********College level courses are above this line ENG 096 (EN 096: Interm. Writing Skills) = Sentence Skills 55 to 64 or = Writing Sample 4 – 5 ENG 095 (EN 095: Basic Writing Skills) = Sentence Skills 36 to 54 or = Writing Sample 1 – 3 ENG 091 (EN 091: Interm Reading Skills) = Reading Skills 52 to 67 ENG 090 (EN 090: Basic Reading Skills) = Reading Skills 36 to 51 ESL (Downtown Center: 508-751-7900) = Sentence Skills Below 36* = Reading Skills Below 36* ABE (854-4288) = Sentence Skills Below 36** = Reading Skills Below 36** (*For non-native speakers of English / **For native speakers of English)
C0LLEGE PLACEMENT TEST SCORING MATHEMATICS MAT 233 (MA 251: Calculus I) = College Math Test 102 or above MAT 124 (MA 152: College Math II, Trig) = College Math Test 83 to 101 MAT 123 (MA 151: College Math I, Pre-Calc) = College Math Test 52 to 82 MAT 122 (MA 153: Statistics) = College Math Test 1 to 51 MAT 121 (MA 150: Topics in Math) = College Math Test 1 to 51 MAT 100 College Algebra = College Math Test 1 to 51 **********College level courses are above this line MAT 099 (MA 120: Interm Algebra) = Algebra Test 52 to 82 and = Arithmetic Test 52 to 120 MAT 095 (MA 110: Beg Algebra) = Algebra Test 1 to 51 and = Arithmetic Test 52 to 120 MAT 090 (MA 105: Basic Math Skills) = Arithmetic Test 1 to 51
Student “A” Score report Test Results Test Date Score Arithmetic 07/06/2004 25.8 Elementary Algebra 07/06/2004 23.2 Reading Comprehension 07/06/2004 29.5 Sentence Skills 07/06/2004 35.3 Using the CPT recommended criteria form, and based on these placement scores, what courses would this student be placed into? Which English course? Why? Which math course? Why? Student wants to take ENG 100 and PSY 101. Why can or can they not take those courses?
Student “B” Score report Test Results Test Date Score Elementary Algebra 07/06/2004 49.1 Reading Comprehension 07/06/2004 65.4 Sentence Skills 07/06/2004 52.0 Using the CPT recommended Criteria form, and based on these placement scores, what course would this student be placed into? Which English course? Why? Which math course? Why? Student wants to take MAT 099. Can they?
Student “C” Score report Test Results Test Date Score WritePlacer Plus Electronic Scoring 07/02/2004 9 A very good writing sample that substantially communicates a whole message to a specified audience. A purpose and focus is established, but only partially developed. An organizational pattern is evident, but is only partially fulfilled. The write competently handles mechanical conventions such as sentence structure, usage, spelling and punctuation, though very minor errors in the use of conventions may be present. Based on this particular score, can the student be placed in a course? Why or why not?
Where to Get More Information • Call or email Joan Ladik at 508-854-4452 or firstname.lastname@example.org or • Visit our Website at http://www.qcc.mass.edu/advising