Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

December 13, 2013

Ivy Tech sets workshops for incoming students at four locations

From Staff Reports
Kokomo Tribune

---- — Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region is scheduling College Board Accuplacer Placement Prep Workshops at four locations in coming weeks for incoming students.

The prep workshops, which take about one hour and are offered free of charge, help students prepare for computer-based exams designed to evaluate their reading, writing and math skills.

Results of the academic placement assessment are used to determine which writing, reading and math classes a student takes first. While not aimed at improving outcomes, the prep workshops will provide general information on how the test is put together and what students should expect so they are ready and more comfortable when test day comes. Students enrolling for spring semester classes beginning Jan. 14 must take the assessment before classes begin and are encouraged to give themselves time to test so they do not feel rushed.

The workshop schedule includes:

• Dec. 19, informal sessions from 9 a.m. to noon – Ivy Tech Peru instructional site;

• Jan. 7, noon and 5 p.m. – Ivy Tech Kokomo main campus, room 501;

• Jan. 7, noon and 5 p.m. – Ivy Tech Logansport campus, room 210; and

• Jan. 7, noon and 5 p.m. – Ivy Tech Wabash Campus, room W102.

The Accuplacer test includes three multiple-choice sections covering sentence skills; reading comprehension; and arithmetic, algebra and college-level math. Students are asked to correct and rewrite faulty sentences, demonstrate comprehension of a passage and identify the relationship between sentences, and to solve and simplify math problems based on demonstrated skill levels.

Students are not given a time limit but the average student spends about two hours on the exam, which is offered in the Learning Resource Center on the Kokomo campus during regular business hours; by appointment at Logansport by calling Karen Davis at 866-753-5102 ext. 2229; at Peru by calling Drew Lees at 765-473-7281 ext. 304; and at Wabash by calling Patsy Favorite at 260-563-8838 ext. 303.

Ivy Tech’s assessment requirement for incoming students may also be met by providing the admissions representative with a copy of a transcript showing previous college credit; documentation of SAT scores of 460+, ACT scores of 17+ or PSAT scores of 46+ in each section of the test; or a high school transcript showing graduation with a Core 40, Technical Honors or Academic Honors diploma or equivalent and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

More information on the assessment process can be found at www.ivytech.edu/assessment or by calling Ivy Tech’s Admissions Office at 800-459-0561 ext. 239 or the Academic Advising Center at 800-459-0561 ext. 214.