ERIC Number: ED335086
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
San Juan College Computerized Basic Skills Assessment and Placement.
San Juan Coll., Farmington, NM.
At San Juan College, the effectiveness of student basic skills assessment and course placement advisement was significantly improved through the implementation of Computerized Placement Testing (CPT). The CPT lab houses 15 personal computers and is staffed by professional counselors and student services aides. Students are not allowed to leave the testing area with their results until a counselor or advisor has reviewed their scores and computerized placement recommendation with them. The system allows for assessment results to be immediately available on-line at other college offices involved in the assessment and placement process. In addition to the reading, mathematics, and English skills placement tests, students complete an on-line questionnaire soliciting student demographic and educational goals information. Benefits of the system include the following: (1) the CPT system permits on-demand testing as well as scheduled testing for both individuals and groups; (2) it increases accuracy in assessing student's entry-level skills for the entire range of skills covered by the test instrument; (3) it provides immediate on-line scoring feedback to students, counselors, and advisors; (4) it reduces student frustration with re-testing by generating appropriate questions based upon a student's previous responses; (5) it reduces anxiety associated with timed testing; (6) it is less time-consuming than paper and pencil tests; and (7) it allows for easy equating of test norms to other on-line testing instruments and data. This report includes a glossary of assessment terms; a sample student placement report with test results and course recommendations; a copy of the demographic data questionnaire; and results of a survey of CPT users. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Juan Coll., Farmington, NM.