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ERIC Number: ED250037
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Tests in Use in California Community Colleges: Standardized Tests Most Used for Placement in English, Reading, ESL, and Math.
Rounds, Jeanine C.; Andersen, Dan
In 1982, a survey of California community colleges was conducted to determine which standardized tests were being used at entrance to college for matriculation and/or placement and to ascertain how satisfied users were with the instruments. Surveys were sent to administrators or staff involved with entrance and assessment practices at 106 California community colleges, asking them to indicate (1) which instruments were accepted or required for entrance, and which were used for placement into writing, reading, English as a Second Language (ESL), and math programs; and (2) their level of satisfaction with each instrument. Study findings, based on responses from 99 colleges, revealed: (1) general aptitude tests were required at entrance for full-time students by only 20 colleges and were recommended by 19 schools; (2) the American College Test (ACT) and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) were mentioned more often than any other tests for entrance assessment, though only two of the colleges required ACT scores and only one required SAT scores from applicants; (3) assessment for English placement was required by 56% of the colleges, for reading placement by 32%, for math placement by 25%, and for ESL placement by 20%; and (4) the Comparative Guidance and Placement Test was the most used testing battery and the one with which respondents were most satisfied. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: California