placement test


: a test usually given to a student entering an educational institution to determine specific knowledge or proficiency in various subjects for the purpose of assignment to appropriate courses or classes

Examples of placement test in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even elementary and high school students need to take entrance exams and placement tests. Reader Commentary, Baltimore Sun, 16 May 2024 Many are trying to identify gaps sooner, adopting placement tests that delve deeper into math skills. Collin Binkley, The Christian Science Monitor, 31 Aug. 2023 Many have made reforms, including moving away from solely using a placement test to determine student classes to relying on additional factors like a student’s high school GPA. oregonlive, 7 June 2023 The program was to change the remediation model in most community colleges, where students who don’t do well on placement tests must take pre-college classes in their weak subject — essentially a repeat of high school. Ellen Dennis, al, 26 Apr. 2023 Research shows that results of standardized placement tests often correlate with race and socioeconomic status. Ellen Dennis, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Apr. 2023 Lee College let students who achieved close-to-qualifying scores on its placement test qualify through a college admissions exam (ACT or SAT) or state high school end-of-course exam. Kelly Field, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Jan. 2023 Caught cheating by one of its own professors, one of America’s elite eight Ivy League undergraduate schools admitted handing in homework cribbed to score higher on a placement test. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 12 Sep. 2022 A couple months after struggling through his math placement test, Mr. Hope headed to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, for six weeks of intense classes at a summer bridge program. Collin Binkley, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Aug. 2022

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First Known Use

1924, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of placement test was in 1924

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“Placement test.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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