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Fass-Holmes, Barry; Vaughn, Allison A. – Journal of International Students, 2015
Many American universities require international applicants whose native language is not English to submit English proficiency exam scores presumably because of proficiency's potential to predict future academic success. The present study provides evidence, however, that such applicants can succeed academically despite struggling with English.…
Descriptors: Evidence, Foreign Students, Success, Limited English Speaking
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Fass-Holmes, Barry; Vaughn, Allison A. – Journal of International Students, 2014
Are international undergraduates struggling academically, and are their struggles due to weaknesses in English as a second language? The present study showed that 1) at most 10% of these students in three cohorts (ranging in size from N = 322 to N = 695) at an American west coast public university struggled (quarterly grade point averages below C)…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Foreign Students, Academic Ability, Grade Point Average
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Snow Andrade, Maureen; Evans, Norman W.; Hartshorn, K. James – Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 2014
Higher education institutions in English-speaking nations host significant populations of non-native English speakers (NNES), both international and resident. English language proficiency is a critical factor to their success. This study reviews higher education practices in the United States related to this population. Findings indicate…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Practices, English Language Learners, English (Second Language)
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Baker, Beverly A.; Tsushima, Rika; Wang, Shujiao – Language Learning in Higher Education, 2014
There are increasing numbers of non-native English speaking applicants to Canadian universities (AUCC 2008a, 2010), which are committed to promoting linguistic and cultural diversity (AUCC 2008b). One result of this trend is that university admissions officers, as gatekeepers, are faced with a growing and potentially confusing array of language…
Descriptors: Admissions Officers, College Admission, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language)
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Kokhan, Kateryna – Language Testing, 2013
Development and administration of institutional ESL placement tests require a great deal of financial and human resources. Due to a steady increase in the number of international students studying in the United States, some US universities have started to consider using standardized test scores for ESL placement. The English Placement Test (EPT)…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Language Tests, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
Fu, Yanfei – ProQuest LLC, 2012
This study examines the effectiveness of traditional admissions criteria, including prior GPA, SAT, GRE, and TOEFL in predicting undergraduate and graduate academic success for American and international students at a large public university in the southwestern United States. Included are the admissions and enrollment data for 25,017 undergraduate…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Grade Point Average, College Admission, Enrollment
Ryan, Barbara A. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Beginning with the No Child Left Behind federal legislation, states were required to use data to monitor and improve student achievement. For high schools, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education chose End of Course Exams (EOC) to demonstrate levels of student achievement. The policy changed from school choice of paper-pencil…
Descriptors: Federal Government, Testing, Grade Point Average, Predictor Variables
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Yin, Alexander C.; Volkwein, J. Fredericks – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2010
After surveying 1,827 students in their final year at eighty randomly selected two-year and four-year public and private institutions, American Institutes for Research (2006) reported that approximately 30 percent of students in two-year institutions and nearly 20 percent of students in four-year institutions have only basic quantitative…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Basic Skills, College Admission, Educational Testing
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Coleman, Chris; Lindstrom, Jennifer; Nelson, Jason; Lindstrom, William; Gregg, K. Noel – Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2010
The comprehension section of the "Nelson-Denny Reading Test" (NDRT) is widely used to assess the reading comprehension skills of adolescents and adults in the United States. In this study, the authors explored the content validity of the NDRT Comprehension Test (Forms G and H) by asking university students (with and without at-risk…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Difficulties, Reading Tests, Content Validity
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McPherson, Douglas – Interactive Technology and Smart Education, 2009
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to describe how and why Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ) has developed a system aiming to effectively place students in freshman and developmental English programs. The placement system includes: triangulating data from external test scores, with scores from a panel-marked hand-written essay (HWE),…
Descriptors: Student Placement, Educational Testing, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction