High School Prognostic Tests
The Maple T.A. MAA Placement Test Suite includes a set of high school prognostic tests that provide projected placements in college mathematics courses long before students arrive on campus. By using these tests, colleges can ensure that more incoming students are prepared for college-level mathematics courses. Colleges can save money by reducing the number of remedial classes they offer and students can avoid the extra time and costs associated with taking remedial courses that do not count towards their degrees.
- Tests were developed by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) in conjunction with a number of state-wide initiatives to improve student preparation for college or university mathematics courses.
- Similar to the tests in the Placement Test Suite, the high school prognostics tests have undergone rigorous testing and validation by the MAA, so the results give a very good indication of the students’ abilities.
- With these tests, students, high school teachers, and guidance counselors can detect weaknesses early, while there is still time to take corrective action in high school. Similarly, students who perform well can move on to advanced courses or additional subjects, confident that they have a firm grasp of the mathematics they need.
- The high school prognostic tests are aligned with the regular placement tests in the Placement Test Suite, ensuring that scores on the high school tests are reliable predictors of scores on the regular placement tests.
- Testing during high school encourages high school students to maintain their math skills and to continue taking math classes, so they are better prepared for a broader range of fields of study.
- As part of a college outreach program, high school testing can increase student interest in attending that college or university, as students become more familiar with the institution and more confident that they will succeed there.
- Different levels of tests cover elementary, intermediate, and advanced high school mathematics, so tests can be administered to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
- Tests include calculator-based, graphing calculator-based, and regular versions to suit the preferred curriculum.
- Parallel forms of each test are available to avoid the repetition of test questions from year to year.
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