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ERIC Number: ED357351
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Placement Tests: The Writer's Reactions.
Kizza, Immaculate
A study examined students' reactions to a writing placement test. Subjects, 98 fall 1992 freshmen at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, completed a questionnaire. Results indicated that: (1) only 24% liked the assigned writing topic; (2) 97% found the statement of the topic clear and understandable; (3) 77% were comfortable with the one hour allowed for the test; (4) 85% found the room comfortable; (5) 75% felt prepared for the test, but in different ways; and (6) 76% indicated that they could "hold their own" as writers. Follow-ups indicated that 98% of the students successfully completed whichever course they were placed in based on the placement test. Recommendations include: setting familiar topics that transcend socioeconomic barriers, previous preparation, and experience; and bridging the gap between high school English teachers and their college counterparts so that they can discuss their expectations of and assumptions about student writing. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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