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Topic: On-line placement exams
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Guy Brandenburg

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Re: On-line placement exams
Posted: Aug 1, 2012 1:16 AM
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At the secondary level things are obviously a bit different than at the college/university level.

In at least some high schools, teachers are formally or informally prohibited from failing students no matter what. And many systems also mandate supposedly rigorous math courses for all at younger and younger ages.
Thus a sizable fraction of students in grades 8-12 begin a math class such as Algebra 1/2/3 or Geometry or precalculus or calculus (ap or not) having no clue as to what most of us math teachers would consider to be normal prerequisite knowledge, secure in the knowledge that they MUST be passed (sometimes by administrators, behind the teacher's back--this includes "credit recovery" schemes), no matter how little studying or assignments they do, nor how many classes they miss, nor how many tests they fail.

In this sort of case, if such a student enters an institution where things are more rationally run, a placement test of some sort might be helpful.

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