College Readiness: Am I Ready?


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Presentation prepared during VISTA appointment at organization for adult basic education. The presentation was created primarily with intermediate and higher level English language learners in mind. This is an overview of things to think about and provided an outline for what was discussed during the presentation.

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  • Multiple types of higher ed [distinguish the post-secondary options] – Include coverage (somewhere) of how to research schools + areas of study2-year, 4-year. State university, colleges, private and public. Short and long term programs. Certification and degreesFinancials chart for MN schools: colleges cheaper
  • Talk about test scoresEnglish ability: Best if you’re in English 400 or higher (Score 455 minimum on TABE)Best to be taking TABE D or A. D: 584+, GLE 10.3; at 603 (GLE 11.3) would move to A test. A: 588+, GLE 10.6M test need to be scoring 567+ (GLE 9) to move onto D.
  • Refer to handout/notes from Beth (list of requirements – general, each school differs) recs: ability to type 20+ WPM; basic e-mail skills (check often, how to write); understand/explored your options (find the best fit that you can); note-taking capability
  • Here talk about the English proficiency testing options, CBTs (usually ACCUPLACER), and the applicability for what to take – how to know which test to takeIf your native language is not English, a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language,) MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery,) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score is required (
  • - SHOW EXAMPLE OF POST-ACCUPLACER PLACEMENT CHART(S)English proficiency tests – must have high enough level, Each school establishes what it requires. – VARIES by school & program ||
  • TOEFL I retake the test? Yes, you can retake the test as many times as you wish. There is no passing or failing test score — score requirements are set by each higher education institution or agency.MCTC: Retesting - You can retake a test once during the current testing term (term 1 covers February through August, term 2 covers September through January). You can take a test only three times in 12 months.SPC: f you are not satisfied with the results of your assessment, you may retest one time annually but before you start any related coursework at the college. If you wish to do any additional retesting, approval is required.  ($5)NHCC: Retests are allowed once a semester and only until course work has begun in that discipline. ($10)
  • TO-DO!- Test prep books for TOEFL (and other English proficiency tests?) – point out reputable publishers; specific books? (Eve class uses… Delta? Princeton)Free, online practices (links provided on next slide/handout/on the wiki)
  • TO-DO:-MAKE PAGE ON WIKISPACES Links (will print this as handout, plus available links online)Online Practice Test Literacy Council’s ACCUPLACER preparation site (You can sign-in as a “guest”) Board’s ACCUPLACER site guides collected by Aims College online review’s page about the ACCUPLACER, including “how to prepare” for the math section of the ACCUPLACER computer-based test sample computer-based test for ACCUPLACER prep
  • If ready or close to ready… are you interested?
  • College Readiness: Am I Ready?

    1. 1. [Am I ready for college?] Clarity W.
    2. 2. IntroductionO There are many post-secondary education optionsO How do you know when you are ready for college?O How do you get into college?O How can you prepare for college tests?
    3. 3. When am I ready?O You need to be regularly attending English 400 or higher.O Teachers in the community recommend that you are reading above a 9th grade level. This means you need to be taking the TABE D or A test and scoring 567+
    4. 4. When am I ready?O Required : O High school diploma or GED O Testing: each school has individual policies for which tests are neededO Required skills: O Study independently O Dedicate 2-3 hours of time outside of class for each hour spent in classO Needed: O Note-taking skills O Typing skills O E-mail & Internet basics
    5. 5. What do the results mean?O English Proficiency Tests: O Schools require a certain minimum score, but each school has its own requirementsO Computer-Based Placement Tests: O There is no “pass” or “fail” for these tests. However, if you do not score high enough, you will have to take developmental classes that do not count for your degree credit – you will still have to pay for these classes.
    6. 6. What do I do if I’m not happy with my test score?O Continue to study for free (or much cheaper than college) at a place like LincolnO Do more studying outside of class (this is an important skill for college!)O Retake the test after more preparation
    7. 7. How can I prepare for the test? O Use the library O Test prep books for TOEFL O Free, online practice O Paper copies of sample ACCUPLACER tests are available from Clarity O Study other standardized test prep books (like for the SAT or ACT)
    8. 8. Test Preparation OnlineO Online Practice Test Minnesota Literacy Council’s ACCUPLACER preparation site (You can sign-in as a “guest”) College Board’s ACCUPLACER site Study guides collected by Aims College ACCUPLACER online review MCTC’s page about the ACCUPLACER, including “how to prepare” Prepare for the math section of the ACCUPLACER Sample computer-based test Another sample computer-based test Videos for ACCUPLACER prep
    9. 9. Are you ready?O Do you think you will be ready for college within the next year?O If you are preparing for college, would you participate in a study group focused on placement tests?
    10. 10. Questions?If you have additional questions after this session, please see Clarity in office 111. You can make an appointment or walk in if the door is open. Also available by e-mail