ERIC Number: ED264907
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Status of Testing Practices at Two-Year Postsecondary Institutions.
Woods, Jacqueline E.
A survey of testing practices at two-year colleges was conducted by the American College Testing Program (ACT) and the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (AACJC) to gather information about the use of tests in admissions, placement, and program completion. A questionnaire was distributed to 1,303 two-year institutions, requesting information on institutional characteristics, admissions policies and practices, placement policies and practices, general testing practices, and program completion requirements. Study findings, based on responses from 683 colleges, included the following: (1) the majority of the two-year institutions practiced open admissions, accepting all persons over 18 who have earned a high school diploma or equivalent; (2) academic skills testing for first-time students was being practiced more widely than in the past, with indications that the use of such tests will increase in the future; (3) over 90% of the responding institutions used tests to place first-time students in the proper courses; (4) mandatory testing for course placement was most prevalent in institutions with significant minority populations; (5) testing for placement in mathematics and language arts was expected to increase in the next two to three years; (6) most schools required core courses of students seeking a certificate, diploma, or degree; (7) course completion was the preferred indicator of required proficiencies; (8) exit examinations were more frequently required at the individual program level than at institutional or state levels; (9) student services personnel played an active role in decisions about test selection and test use. The survey instrument is appended. (Author/EJV)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, College Admission, College Entrance Examinations, Community Colleges, Degree Requirements, Educational Testing, Institutional Characteristics, National Surveys, Occupational Tests, Student Placement, Test Selection, Test Use, Tests, Two Year Colleges
ACT Publications, P. O. Box 168, Iowa City, IA 52243 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.; American Coll. Testing Program, Iowa City, IA.