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Entry-Level Assessment 

The purpose of entry-level assessment is to determine if students applying to the university have the skills to succeed in college-level English, mathematics, and science courses, as well as courses with heavy reading requirements. Students with either an ACT subject area score of 19 or college level course work with a grade of D or higher in English, reading, mathematics, or science are eligible to take college-level courses and are exempt from secondary placement testing. Students with lower ACT scores or no college courses in the subjects are required to complete a secondary placement testing in the subject in which they are deficient based on their student records. The secondary placement test used at UCO is the College Board placement instrument, Accuplacer Computerized Placement Tests (CPT). Students found to be deficient in a subject area are required to take one or more developmental courses. 

Students are given 3 attempts to clear deficiencies in each subject. Study software is provided free of charge to help students prepare for initial testing and retesting. The current study program is ComFit, an online guided study program which customizes the study program to fit each student's specific needs. Research to ensure the effectiveness of the study software is ongoing. In June 2010, the Director of Assessment presented results of the current study at the Accuplacer National Conference.  


The following CPT scores determine course placement:

(College Level/Credit Courses are in bold type)

English

  Reading

  Algebra Track-Elementary Algebra CPT

  Arithmetic Track-Arithmetic CPT

Arithmetic Track-Elementary Algebra CPT

  ≥77 English Composition

  ≥75 Freshman level

  ≥92 College Algebra

  ≥90 Math for General Education

≥75 Math for General Education

  <77 Reading and Writing for College

  <75 College Reading and Study Skills

  65-91 Fundamentals of Algebra II

  <90 Fundamentals of Arithmetic

  <65 Fundamentals of Algebra I