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ERIC Number: ED075027
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-May-1
Pages: 25
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California Community College Testing Survey.
Clark, Robert M.
A survey was conducted of California community colleges to determine their practices concerning testing used in matriculation and placement. Questionnaires were sent to 95 colleges, 77 of which returned the completed questionnaire. Responses were tabulated according to size of college, distinguishing between testing required for matriculation and that required for placement. A special tabulation was made for English placement. Of the three largest tests in use, ACT and SAT showed about 33% satisfaction, whereas SCAT showed about 55% satisfaction. Of the 161 total responses to various testing programs, 57 indicated satisfaction--about 35%. For English placement, 31 different programs were listed, involving 101 different responses with 43 indicating satisfaction, about 43%. Much dissatisfaction with matriculation testing was with its poor use for English placement. Other dissatisfaction involved high costs to students, excessive time involved in administration, and lack of correlation between standardized tests and students' ability to write. The testing program recommended includes a diagnostic grammar test, a diagnostic reading test, a diagnostic math test including general arithmetic as well as algebra, geometry, and trigonometry, and a written composition--to be completed in about two hours at a cost to the student of not more than $3.00. The survey form and tabulations are appended. (KM)
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Authoring Institution: Reedley Coll., CA.