ERIC Number: ED073749
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Feb
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Current Practices of Placing Students in English Composition Courses in the California Community Colleges: Some Answers to Questions Asked in an "English Placement Questionnaire".
Long Beach City Coll., CA.
To obtain information concerning current practices in placing community college students in English Composition courses, a two-page questionnaire was mailed to each of California's 93 community colleges; replies were received from 62. Summaries of the replies are provided in seven tables. Observations resulting from the survey data include the following: (1) 87% of the colleges indicated they "screen," select, or use some procedure which attempts to place students at an appropriate level of English Composition; (2) 13% allowed students to enroll in a course of their choosing or indicated that English 1A did not have prerequisites; (3) colleges with less than 10 contract instructors in the English Department were more likely to allow students to choose their course; (4) 89% of the colleges that screen their students incorporate an objective examination, such as the American College Testing Program English Test and the Cooperative English Tests, English Expression, in their placement procedure. For grade 13 or entering Freshman students, the median minimum score reported for placement in transfer level English Composition is the 60th percentile; (5) only 52% reported at least some degree of satisfaction with the test(s) they were using; (6) 7% of those colleges that place students into defined levels use a sample of the students' writing ability only; 43% use both essay and objective test; (7) 81% ask entering students for entrance or placement test data for admission to the college; (8) 65% administered a standardized reading test; and (9) 30% require students who score below average on reading tests to enroll in a reading class. (DB)
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Authoring Institution: Long Beach City Coll., CA.
Identifiers - Location: California