placement test


Definition of 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

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Recent Examples on the Web Enrollment in the program is determined by a placement test given in the third grade. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Pandemic to blame for advanced program testing suspension in Boston," 9 Mar. 2021 Two-year colleges do not require students to submit ACT or SAT scores but do require students to take a placement test. al, "Alabama colleges back away from using ACT/SAT scores for admission," 11 Oct. 2020 As schools shutter and college placement tests such as the ACT are delayed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, high school students fear for their futures. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "Coronavirus has AP testing on the rocks as high school students fear losing college credit," 18 Mar. 2020 San Diego Unified sorts students into advanced math or regular math as early as fifth grade, when every student takes a special math placement test. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Unified creates a path for more students to take advanced math classes," 23 Aug. 2019 Neuhaus’ students have achieved some of the top advanced placement test scores among public schools in the country, Channel 2 Action News reported. Steve Burns, ajc, "Teacher back on job at DeKalb charter school after investigation," 15 May 2018 In order to participate, enrollees must have a high school diploma or GED certificate, take Triton’s English and math placement tests, and be sponsored by a Honda or Acura dealership. Anna Bybee-schier,, "New Triton program to prepare students for work as technicians at Honda and Acura dealerships," 27 Mar. 2018 In 2016, more than a quarter of Howard County students took an advanced-placement test and nearly 80 percent scored a 3 or above on at least one test, often enough to earn college credit, and higher than the national rate of 22 percent. Kate Magill, Columbia Flier, "Pressure points: Howard County schools look to address mounting mental health concerns," 15 Feb. 2018 Hern said that despite some students’ poor performance on placement tests, there is evidence that many who have been placed in remedial classes could pass the higher-level classes if given a chance. Gary Warth,, "Remedial requirements change under new law," 20 Oct. 2017

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1924, in the meaning defined above

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“Placement test.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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