ERIC Number: ED235855
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Placement of Students in English Courses in Arizona Community Colleges, 1981.
Rivera, Manuel G.
In 1981, a survey was conducted to determine the methods used in Arizona community colleges to place students in English composition courses. Questionnaires concerning placement practices were sent to 32 community college administrators, and 21 usable responses were returned. Study findings included the following: (1) while no college required an examination prior to admission, 52% required an examination prior to registration; (2) a wide variety of examinations, most commercially prepared, were used for student placement in English courses; (3) 62% of the colleges used a writing examination for student placement, with eight using a multiple choice test and more than half using a writing sample; (4) 22% of the colleges required a mathematics examination prior to registration; (5) 52% used test scores for placement and 48% used them in counseling; (6) 57% used English courses as prerequisites for other English courses; and (7) 38% used English Placement Examination scores as prerequisites for English courses, but no college used these scores as prerequisites for social sciences, technology, or occupational courses. (LAL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented to the Arizona English Teachers Association and at the Pacific Coast Regional Conference on English in the Two Year College (Phoenix, AZ, November 6-7, 1981).