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Education

3 Things to Know About Placement Testing

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Placement tests are used by colleges to determine incoming students' academic skill levels in the areas of English and Math.   According to Eric Porod, Testing and Assessment Specialist at Morton College in Cicero, the exams aid in the course selection process and identify areas of weakness where students could benefit from additional academic support.   Here are 3 things to know about placement testing:

1.   Placement tests are required for any degree-seeking student or for students entering a certificate program that requires English and/or Math course(s) as part of the curriculum.   "Anyone enrolling in an individual English or Math course may need to take a placement exam," explained Porod.   "Exams also help assess appropriate course placement for anyone returning to college after being out of school for an extended length of time."

2.   ACCUPLACER is a computer-based, adaptive test designed to assess students' academic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics.   "The exam adapts itself to the student's current skill level by varying the difficulty of the questions based on performance," said Porod.   "The exam typically takes 2 to 2 1/2 hours to complete, but isn't timed."   Individuals with documented special needs have access to exams in Braille, large print format, and audio versions, and private one-on-one testing is available.   Test results are currently good for two years.

3.   Study guides are available for each test section.   "We offer study guides on the Testing Center section of the Morton College website," said Porod.   "Printed study guides are available from our Academic Advising department.   Online resources include testguide.com, purplemath.com, and mometrix.com, to name a few.   We highly recommend students prepare sufficiently before scheduling their placement test."

"No matter the score, the test is just one part of each student's overall academic experience," added Porod.   "A positive attitude and a long term plan are essential as students work toward their academic goals."   For more information, please contact:

 Morton College

3801 S. Central Avenue

Cicero, IL   60804

708-656-8000

www.morton.edu