ERIC Number: ED157588
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jul-28
Reference Count: N/A
The Introduction of the Cooperative English Test at El Camino College.
Garlock, Jerry C.
In accordance with an English Department decision to change from the Purdue English Placement Test to the Cooperative English Test, the Research Office of El Camino College (ECC) coordinated changes for scoring and computer operations while attempting to maintain the existing student placement system, preserve the ratio of students assigned to the different courses, and adapt Cooperative English Test results to a functional instrument for the staff. Pilot studies were conducted which provided trial cut-off scores and computer card formats. ECC norms were drawn from scores of 1,888 students who took the vocabulary, level and speed of comprehension, total reading, English expression, and total English tests during spring and summer 1978. Computer placement in English courses was dependent on both total reading and total English test scores. Using the Cooperative English Test manual and the pilot study data, a comparison was drawn between the ECC norms and twelfth grade and freshman college norms. ECC students functioned between twelfth grade and freshman norms in vocabulary and English expression; their speed and level of comprehension paralleled twelfth grade norms; their total reading was only slightly higher than twelfth grade norms; and they functioned slightly lower than twelfth grade norms in total English. (TR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: El Camino Coll., Torrance, CA.