ERIC Number: ED292514
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
An Analysis of Placement Testing and Registration Patterns for New Students. Institutional Research Report #35.
Philadelphia Community Coll., PA. Office of Institutional Research.
Prior to registration at the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP), most potential new students are given a battery of tests to place them into appropriate courses, specific areas of study, or special support programs. Most students are tested on one day and then asked to return on a subsequent day for counseling and registration. Between October 1984 and September 1985, 7,891 potential students were tested in math, writing, and reading. Of these, 1,090 (14%) had not registered for classes by the fall 1985 semester. A comparison of the test scores of the registrants and non-registrants who spoke English as a native language revealed the following: (1) 40.2% of the registrants and 39.9% of the non-registrants had scores placing them into college-level math courses; (2) 40.1% of the registrants and 27.1% of the non-registrants had scores placing them into college-level writing courses; and (3) 35.7% of the registrants and 24% of the non-registrants performed at college-level on the reading test. Among the potential students for whom English was a second language, there were no significant differences in the placement test scores of registrants and non-registrants. Though, in general, the students who registered had slightly higher scores than those who did not register, many of the students who did not register performed at college-level on the placement tests, suggesting that CCP might consider additional strategies to encourage enrollment when a potential student is tested. (UCM)
Descriptors: Admissions Counseling, College Applicants, College Freshmen, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Educational Testing, English (Second Language), Enrollment Influences, Enrollment Trends, Mathematics Skills, No Shows, Reading Skills, School Registration, Student Placement, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Philadelphia Community Coll., PA. Office of Institutional Research.