College Admission and Placement
The college admission process is changing. Each college sets its own standards, and they change frequently. Test scores from the SAT, ACT, or Accuplacer may be required or optional for acceptance or course placement, depending on the college’s policy. Colleges also evaluate other data points like GPA (Grade Point Average) and the rigor of courses taken, including honors, early college, and AP. Students and parents need to consult each college’s posted policies. It is highly advisable to check with each college’s admissions office by phone or in person, as posted policies often change.
The SAT is a standardized test used by many colleges as part of the admissions process. The test has two parts: Evidence-based Reading and Writing, and Math. The Evidence-Based Reading and Writing has two sections, one focused on Reading and one focused on Writing and Language. The math section covers algebra, problem solving and data analysis, geometry, trigonometry, and pre-calculus. As noted above, it is advisable to check with each college’s admissions office.
The ACT is used by some colleges and universities in admissions decisions. The ACT tests English, Reading, Math and Science. There is also an optional essay portion.
As stated above, each college sets its own admissions standards, and they can change without notice. It is highly advisable to call admissions departments to verify current requirements, no matter what the website might say.
College Class Placement - Accuplacer and Other Placement Tests
Once students are accepted, the college may require placement tests in English and math to determine course assignment. The Accuplacer is widely used for this purpose. Other language and math assessments are also used. It is advisable to check with the college for this policy. JFY is authorized to administer the Accuplacer test. Scores are sent directly to the college, eliminating the need for further testing.
Students who plan to follow a career path may take workforce development assessments. Workforce testing requires math and language skills similar to college requirements. JFYNet can help prepare students for these assessments.