The Testing Services Lab supports the Arkansas Baptist College’s Mission Statement by administering standardized assessments for Admissions and Academics. Testing Services administers the Admission Department’s entrance exam for student’s class assignment, diagnostic exam to General Studies’ classes, and a rising junior exam to assess student’s progress and college programs. Beginning the spring 2019 semester, the College Board Next Generation Accuplacer replaces the Accuplacer Classic Placement exam nation-wide. The placement exams are administered to incoming freshmen and transfer students when the ACT or SAT Exam scores are unavailable. Students are assigned to Enrichment classes if scores are not proficient. Diagnostic exams are administered to Enrichment classes at the beginning of the semester to define individual strengths and weakness, and at the end of the semester to verify student improvement. The ACT Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) was replaced with the ETS Proficiency Profile (ETS PP) exam. The ETS PP is administered to rising juniors with 47 or more credit hours that are potential Associate Degree candidates. Study guides are available on the Arkansas Baptist College website on the Academic Tab via the Testing Services link. Testing Services is found in Old Main room B110, and it can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone (501 420-1230).
The College Board Next Generation Accuplacer system of assessments is a comprehensive, web-based, integrated suite of computer-adaptive placement and diagnostics exams design to evaluate students’ skills in Reading Comprehension, Sentence skills (Writing), and Mathematics. The Next Generation Accuplacer System delivers results immediately and accurately (The College Board, 2017).
Next Generation Accuplacer is an untimed, interactive, computerized test that helps Arkansas Baptist College evaluate skills and place students in appropriate courses. Test results are available immediately upon completion, and the score report includes placement messages informing students of appropriate classes (The College Board, 2017).
The ETS Proficiency Profile is a set of standardized objective tests developed to measure student’s achievement levels in reading comprehension, writing, math, and critical thinking with questions covering humanities, natural science, and social sciences. It also includes an essay writing an exam to assess students’ writing abilities (ETS, 2018). The ETS PP exam evaluates individual skill levels and determines how best to help the students achieve academic success. The ETS PP exam also assists Arkansas Baptist College to evaluate the effectiveness of programs and identify areas that may need to be strengthened (The College Board, 2017)