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Self-Assessment for Course Placement

Accuplacer - Course Placement
Self-Assessments

Assessment of Prior Learning and Comprehensive Portfolio Development

 2014 Summer/Fall
Financial Aid & Placement (Accuplacer) Workshops

Accuplacer - Course Placement Assessments

You need to take the Assessment for Course Placement:

  • If you are seeking a degree or certificate you are required to take the assessments in reading, math, and English
  • If you are not seeking a degree or certificate you are required to take the assessments before registering for any class with an applicable prerequisite

You are exempt from Assessment for Course Placement:

  • If you scored a 17 or higher on ACT reading test, 19 or higher on the ACT math test, and 18 or higher on the ACT English test within the last 5 years or
  • If you scored a 420 or higher on the SAT reading test, 460 or higher on the SAT math test, and a 450 or higher on the SAT English test or
  • If you completed of a college level reading, English, or math class

When should you complete your placement assessments?

  • You are encouraged to complete your assessments before registering for your first class
  • Assessment sessions are open but if you wish to schedule an appointment please do so

Often times, many individuals may need to take a transitional or 'refresher' class to brush-up their skills prior to entering a college level course. If you have questions bout transitional classes, please contact Amy Crites, Eastern's Student Services Specialist, 304-434-8000, or tollfree: 877-982-2322.

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Anyone with questions, or who would like to schedule an appointment, please call Amy Crites, at 304-434-8000, or tollfree: 877-982-2322.

Assessment of Prior Learning

At Eastern, we recognize that you and other adults like you have developed skills and learned many things in your busy life. Some things you have learned may be very similar to what is taught in various college level courses. We want to help you obtain the credit you deserve for what you already know so you can continue to build as strong an education as you can, and to reach your future goals as quickly as possible.

There are many ways to obtain credit for what you have already learned. The primary way to obtain this credit is through the development of a comprehensive portfolio that explains your non-traditional learning experiences and demonstrates its comparability to college level course work.

If students believe that over the course of their lives they have acquired knowledge and skills of the kind not shown by any official transcripts or other formal evidence, Eastern ‘s Portfolio Development Class provides an additional channel for converting that experience into college credit.

In this two-credit course, students learn how to develop a comprehensive portfolio that can document non-classroom learning. Each student produces a written comprehensive portfolio that provides description, analysis and documentation of life learning experiences for which she or he — in consultation with an advisor — seeks college credit.

(If a given student’s portfolio does not meet the expected learning outcomes, Eastern’s evaluators can provide tips on how to bring a portfolio up to credit level. They might request further documentation, for example, or suggest a specific reading list, and ask the student to write a paper on a relevant theme. The student can then resubmit the portfolio for evaluation without further charge.)

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Portfolio Development

The portfolio process empowers Eastern to work with students from all backgrounds, and to learn from them what kinds of knowledge and skills their life experience has brought them. And it provides a channel for students to present this individualized learning in a more formal way, so that Eastern’s evaluators can review and evaluate it, and when appropriate and justifiable, certify it for college credit.

We realize that students may have limited experience in academic settings and preparing materials for evaluation of academic credit. The Portfolio Development Class and Student Guide are designed to assist you with preparing a portfolio that effectively demonstrates knowledge you have acquired through work/life experiences. The Student Guide provides information required to complete each section of the portfolio, as well as helpful hints, samples of successful portfolio entries and resumes, and additional important information needed to complete the process.

The development of a portfolio is a large and rewarding undertaking. Your portfolio can be useful in several ways:

  • Your portfolio can help you complete a degree at EWVCTC.
  • You may satisfy part of your degree requirements by obtaining credit for non-traditional learning.
  • This will free some of your time to devote to new or advanced topics rather than repeating subjects you already know--and that saves you time and money.
  • Compiling a portfolio can help you evaluate your life experiences and plan future goals with greater objectivity.
  • Your portfolio will help you assess your strengths as a learner and develop important academic skills (writing, speaking, listening, research critical thinking).
  • The process provides you with a comprehensive document to share with employers that demonstrates your knowledge and skills.

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  • The planning and self-assessment process used to prepare the portfolio may help you navigate through other life choices and transitions.
  • Your portfolio will help you emphasize the positive aspects of your life-long learning and achievements.

For more information about eaming college credit for work and life experience, and for specific forms of lifelong learning, and to learn more about Eastern ‘s Portfolio Development Class and developing a comprehensive portfolio, please see the Student Services Speciaslst, Amy Crites.

ORT 200 Portfolio Development: Prior Learning Assessment:
2 Semester Hours — Prerequisite: Contact the Associate Director of Admissions.RDG 099 or minimum level placement test scores for college level English courses; ENL 101 is recommended.

The purpose of ORT 200 is to assist adult students with the development of a comprehensive portfolio documenting knowledge acquired through life/work experiences and other formal or informal learning experiences. Students are guided through a series of group sessions on learning style, college level learning, skill identification, goal setting, and the portfolio development process. Each student is responsible for the development of a written portfolio that provides description, analysis and documentation of learning experiences which are appropriate for his/her own educational program of study.

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2014 Spring Financial Aid & Placement (Accuplacer) Workshops

 


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