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Document Number: 11025

Why Students Do Not Prepare for Math Placement Exams: Student Perspectives - Though attention has been paid to reforming placement assessments, most students don't prepare for taking them because they don't realize the process could place them in semesters of not-for-credit courses, they don't know about preparation materials, they don't know how to prepare, and they lack math confidence. The authors recommend better informing students about the nature and consequences of the tests, telling them that preparation would be helpful, and then designing materials that tell how to prepare. (Maggie P. Fay, Susan Bickerstaff and Michelle Hodara, Community College Research Center, December 2013) ...

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