Weekly College Update
Dear Snow Leopards, Bulldogs, Thunderbirds, and Snow Leopards,
One of the parts of the college admissions process that I’m sure you haven’t enjoyed is all the tests-- SAT, ACT, Smarter Balanced, AP, etc. Wouldn’t it be nice if all that testing was finished now that you’ve applied? Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Many of you will face another round of college testing this spring.
This week’s focus is college placement tests.
Colleges use placement tests in subjects like math and English to make sure they place you in the right level of classes when you start. Placement tests are used by community colleges, CSUs, UCs, and even some private schools, but each system has its own set of tests. It’s important to give your best effort on any college placement tests you take, because you could end up wasting extra time and money in remedial college classes if you don’t do well on them.
The most important tests to be aware of right now are the English Placement Test (EPT) and Entry Level Mathematics exam (ELM) used by the CSU system. Not every incoming student needs to take these tests; some of you are exempt based on scores on your SAT/ ACT or last year’s Smarter Balanced test. However, if you are not exempt, you will need to take the EPT and/or ELM at a CSU campus this spring. If you’re unsure of your status, check your portals and talk to your mentor.
Some CSU campuses require that you take the EPT/ ELM as early as the March 19th test date. Spaces will fill up at our local CSU campuses where the test is offered, so make sure you register soon. You can find information on how to register for the exams here. Your Summit Reads/ Solves teachers will be supporting your test preparation with practice questions and topics to review before the exams.
The UC system also has a placement test called the Analytical Writing Placement Exam. Some of you will also be exempt from this exam based on previous test scores, but you will want to check your communications from the UC system in April to find out if you need to take the AWPE.
No matter what the colleges on your list are, there’s a good chance that college placement tests are in your near future. Be on the lookout for any information you receive from colleges about placement tests and do not ignore the messages. This is another important step in your admissions process.
Director of College Readiness