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6.2.1.p.4. Procedure: Southeastern Technical College Assessment

Introduction

Student Assessment

The ability of a student to succeed in an occupational program at Southeastern Technical College is greatly determined by the math and language (reading and English) skills possessed by that student. Southeastern Technical College is committed to assisting each student to achieve at his or her maximum potential. It is the philosophy of Southeastern Technical College that a student is not helped by admitting him or her to a program in which he or she does not possess the basic education skills needed to succeed. Therefore, all students applying for diploma, degree and specified certificate programs must be assessed prior to acceptance to a program of study at Southeastern Technical College. Students will then be admitted in accordance with the academic standards applicable to that program.

Procedure

Upon receipt of a completed application and application fee, the admissions office will schedule a prospective student for an admissions exam, if necessary.

1) The ability of a student to succeed in an occupational program at Southeastern Technical College is greatly determined by the math and language skills possessed by that student. Southeastern Technical College is committed to assisting each student achieve at their maximum potential. It is the philosophy of Southeastern Technical College that a student is not helped by admitting him or her to a program in which he or she does not possess the basic education skills needed to succeed. Therefore, all students applying for diploma, degree and specified certificate programs must be assessed prior to acceptance to a program of study at Southeastern Technical College. Students will then be admitted in accordance with the academic standards applicable to that program.

2) Southeastern Technical College will use the Accuplacer exam published by the CollegeBoard, to assess students for program readiness. The Accuplacer exam is the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) approved assessment instrument for assessing program readiness.

Accuplacer is an un-timed internet based adaptive test assessment that consists of a Reading Comprehension section, Sentence Skills section, Arithmetic section, and an Elementary Algebrasection. Students testing for a certificate or diploma level classes/programs will test in Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills, and Arithmetic. Students testing for degree level classes/programs will test in Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills, and Elementary Algebra. Note: Accuplacer has a calculator built into the test software that test takers may use on the Elementary Algebra section. Students are not allowed to use a calculator on the Arithmetic section.

Accuplacer is also available as a paper/pencil test assessment for those students who may have a documented disability.

3) Placement testing is administered through the Admissions Office. Persons administering the placement exam are given in-service training in test administration, monitoring, scoring, and admissions criteria.

4) Any applicant to a credit diploma or degree program and selected certificate programs is required to undergo placement testing unless he/she can provide documentation of the following:

A. For Degrees:

Test Reading Writing Numerical Algebra

ACCUPLACER

64

70

57

ASSET

41

40

42

COMPASS

79

62

37

SAT*

26

26

24

ACT

17

16

19

GA Milestones ELA

525

525

B. For diplomas

Test Reading Writing Numerical Algebra

ACCUPLACER

55

60

34

ASSET

38

37

32

COMPASS

70

32

26

SAT*

24

25

22

ACT

13

12

17

GAHSGT

235

235

GA Milestones ELA

525

525

C. Official transcripts from a regionally accredited postsecondary institution documenting equivalent program-level English and math course work successfully completed (with a grade of C or better).

Applicants are informed in advance that they must show a photo ID to gain entrance to the testing session. Students who do not possess a photo ID may notify the Admissions Office in advance of testing and prove identification through a combination of birth certificate, social security card, credit cards, and other forms of identification. An applicant who does not possess photo identification at the time of testing and who has not made prior arrangements will not be allowed to test. Applicants are also informed in advance of the time and date of testing and are expected to be on time for the testing session. Applicants will not be allowed access to the testing session after the time scheduled for the exam to begin.

5) Applicants who are required to take the placement test are scheduled by Admissions personnel only. Applicants are scheduled for placement testing after the following criteria have been met:

A. Submission of "Application of Admission"
B. Payment of the non-refundable application fee
C. Submission of official postsecondary transcripts, if applicable


6) Applicants for the Practical Nursing and Associate of Science in Nursing programs who have met admissions and residency requirements are scheduled for additional testing administered through the Admissions Office. The additional test is the TEAS V exam (Test of Essential Academic Skills V) published by Assessment Technologies Institute. Applicants are scheduled forthis additional test separately from the placement exam. They are instructed to bring photo identification for admission to this testing session just as they are for the placement testing sessions. An applicant may take the TEAS exam up to three times within a 60 month period.

7) Accuplacer test scores are saved in a database file within the test software after the testing session. Scores are also posted in BANNER under "SOATEST" as part of the applicant's computerized permanent record. Individual score reports are scanned and saved to a server that is backed up to an off-site location.

8) The scores made by a student on the placement exam will be considered valid for placement purposes for a period of 60 months.

9) Each student will receive an interpretation of his/her assessment scores prior to beginning his/her educational experience.

10) At the time an applicant receives his/her assessment results, s/he may wish to retest. An applicant who wishes to retest may retake any or all sections of the admissions test one time only. The applicant must make the decision and request any or all parts of the admissions test at the time of receipt of their results, and must schedule to take the section(s) within one week of the initial test.

11) Applicants with disabilities who need special assistance and consideration must notify the Admissions Office of any special needs prior to the testing session so that specific arrangements can be made. For visually impaired applicants, a large print version of Accuplacer is available. For applicants who are blind, compact disc and Braille versions are available. For learning disabled applicants, a compact disc version is available. Extra time may also be permitted for completion of the exam. Other assistance may be given, depending on the nature and severity of the disabling condition. Each situation is determined on a case-by-case basis. The applicant must provide the Special Needs Specialist with documentation of a disabling condition prior to the provision of any accommodations. The Special Needs Specialist will coordinate with the Admissions Office concerning the provision of such accommodations.

References
Link: Southeastern Technical College Catalog


Adopted: June 25, 2009
Reviewed: August 15, 2016; August 20, 2018;
Revised: August 16, 2017;