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  1. Administering the Virginia Placement Test (VPT)VPT Readiness Toolkit for Student SuccessFebruary 19, 2013 Presented by: Chris Porter - Learning Technology Center Manager Brooke Ferguson – Coordinator of Developmental Education Melissa Williams – LTC Remote Testing Site Liaison Funding provided through the VCCS Chancellor’s Innovation Fund 2013

  2. Administering the VPT Welcome! • Logistics • Payment Forms • Why are we holding this workshop?

  3. History and Background • Developmental Education Task Force, 2009 • Reduce need • Reduce the time to complete • Increase the students graduating, transferring, or completing a credential • Developmental English & Math Redesign Teams • Recommended structure for courses • Developmental English & Math Curriculum Teams • Created Curriculum Guide containing Student Learning Outcomes for courses • Placement Test Team • Worked with test vendor to create new assessment

  4. What is the VPT? • Computer-based adaptive/diagnostic placement test • Used to determine college readiness and course placement • Separate Mathematics and English tests • English - two sections • Essay: choice of two prompts; electronically scored • Multiple Choice: 40 integrated reading & writing questions • Mathematics – Adaptive/diagnostic for nine (9) levels and Calculus • More specific and accurate placement = less developmental coursework • End of Compass

  5. Who needs to take the VPT? • New students in a program of study or taking a course that has a Math or English prerequisite • Includes Dual Enrollment students (same as any other student) • Students interested in applying to the CCAP program • Exemptions

  6. Who needs to take the VPT? EXEMPTIONS • Math Testing Exemptions • 520 SAT- Math within 2 years • 22 ACT- Math within 2 years • English Testing Exemptions • 500 SAT-Critical Reading AND 500 SAT- Writing • 21 ACT- English AND 21 ACT- Reading • Provide documentation to • Debbie LaRocca (Admissions Office) for Dual Enrollment • Becky Kraemer or Allison Dooley for CCAP

  7. When do students need to take the VPT? • Before meeting with advising specialists to select courses • Students enrolling in Fall Semester before Discover Orientation • Dual Enrollment - before the course begins • CCAP – before application deadline (March 29, 2013)

  8. Where do students need to take the VPT? • At Virginia Western’s Learning Technology Center - hours info on web page http://virginiawestern.edu/services/ltc • For CCAP and Dual Enrollment - At their home High School (if possible) • Support from LTC – technology much easier • Training and support provided

  9. Whythe VPT? PURPOSE • To get the most accurate course placement possible • Avoid unnecessary developmental coursework • Avoid placing students in courses for which they do not possess the requisite skills and abilities • Qualify for CCAP program

  10. Virginia Placement Test (VPT)- English • Two Components • Essay • Multiple Choice: 40 integrated reading & writing questions • Essay Scoring • Electronically scored from 1-6 on five(5) diagnostic components • Organization • Focus, Development, and Support • Vocabulary • Sentence Structure • Mechanics

  11. Virginia Placement Test (VPT) Mathematics • Adaptive & Diagnostic • Precise placement

  12. Administering VPT Policies and Procedures • Maintaining Test Integrity • Secure web browser (LDB) • Verifying Identity • Personal Belongings (e.g. phones, calculators etc…) • Scrap paper & pencils • One retest is allowed in one year period since first test • No calculators allowed (one is provided by test) • Students may start and stop the test (except English Essay) • Can restart anytime, saved up to two months

  13. Administering VPT Web based Testing • McCann and Associates: College Success • Site Administrator accounts– District level • Proctor accounts – Building level Usernames and Passwords Please secure these!!!

  14. Administering VPT Web based Testing McCann and Associates: College Success

  15. VPT Placement Results • Automatic upload to VWCC SIS • Printing individual Score Reports from College Success • Decide based on your needs (protected academic information) • Instructions included • Scores remain in CS for 1 year but are valid for two years

  16. Score Reports • Total Time • Placement Results • Lists MTE units that were passed in BOLD • Lists eligible college-level mathematics courses (if any) • Lists English placement recommendation

  17. VPT English Results • English Essay Pending Results • Some essays are deemed “un-scoreable” • Generate a “Pending” message on score report • Essay is sent to McCann for grading; must be manually reviewed • Score updates within approx. 24 hours

  18. Adult Basic Education • Adult Basic Education VPT- English • Students do not meet admissions criteria for any developmental or college-level courses • Score report reads “ABE English” • Non-credit : EDUC 2151 or ESLA 2665 • Adult Basic Education VPT - Mathematics • Students do not qualify for developmental or college-level mathematics courses • Score report reads “Advise ABE or BSK” • Non-credit: MATH 2140

  19. Score reports • Samples

  20. Preparing to take the VPT • Why Prepare for the VPT? http://vccsblogs.com/math/?p=16 • Sample Test on Log-in page for College Success • Preparatory materials • Practice Test with Diagnostics

  21. Preparing to take the VPT • Sample Test on Log-in page for College Success https://college.measuredsuccess.com • Not actually based on the VPT • Feeling of testing web site and the testing experience in general

  22. Preparing to take the VPT • Preparatory materials • Handout and LTC Web Page http://virginiawestern.edu/services/ltc • Upcoming Student Workshops - Flyer

  23. Preparing to take the VPT • VPT Practice Test with Diagnostics • Follow specific Login instructions • No English Essay available

  24. Wrap Up • Thank you for your time!!!!!!!!! • We are here to support you …. • A survey will be forthcoming Contact Info Chris Porter - Learning Technology Center Manager 540-857-6697 porterc@virginiawestern.edu Brooke Ferguson – Coordinator of Developmental Education 540-857-6323 bferguson@virginiawestern.edu Melissa Williams – LTC Remote Testing Site Liaison 540-857-7250 mwilliams@virginiawestern.edu