College Placement Testing?

schools outDarling Daughter completed her last day of high school last Friday.

Even though she’s done with high school, she and a couple of friends (and their laptops) were gathered around the dining room table last night. Studying. Reviewing high school math and science.

Why?

They can’t schedule their college classes until they take the placement tests. Every college has them. University of Toledo (UT) is no different, though Daughter is required to show up in person. Some colleges allow future students to take these tests online, and then schedule classes either in person or online.

Poor children! They took many elementary and middle school standardized tests.

In Ohio, we’ve got the OGT, or Ohio Graduation Test. Most everybody has the ACT and/or SAT. Let’s not forget AP (Advanced Placement) testing, to get college credit for accelerated coursework taken in high school. And final exams.

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That’s a lot of testing…

Better Daughter than me. All the TESTING would surely have TESTED my patience!!

Especially in Daughter’s case. She has a stellar academic record, has taken difficult classes.

I get it. I realize a few thousand freshmen will descend upon UT next fall. From a variety of high schools. It’s better for everybody if the college places them in the correct classes. No sense in a student sitting through a class, if they know the material inside/out. Nor is there any good reason for a student to enroll in a class–and be doomed to failure because they lack the prerequisites to succeed.

The idea is to get it ‘just right.’

And yet, today’s placement test meant the group studying/reviewing last night dragged themselves from bed at 5 a.m. to trek three hours to the testing location (i.e. the campus they will call ‘home’ next fall).

When I think back to the week that followed my last day of high school, I’m fairly certain I was at the beach. Or sleeping in because I was keeping late hours (going out every night). Some of the kids I graduated with probably weren’t sober from the last day of high school, five days later.

(Of course, those students might not have been college bound…)

What’s next?

Daughter heads back to UT next week for orientation. She’s like that. Want’s to get her schedule set. To check it off her list…

The good news? At least she’ll be ‘tested’ enough to be ‘placed’ in classes!

Does anybody remember college placement testing?

Did your parents go with you? Or not?

Your experience? Memories?

7 thoughts on “College Placement Testing?

  1. I DO. I STUNK AT THEM. BACK 54 YEARS AGO WHEN I WAS ATTEMPTING THESE THINGS (THEY WERE CALLED COLLEGE BOARDS WAY BACK THEN) I HAD NO CLUE. I HAD A FULL RIDE TO SYRACUSE FOR BASEBALL AND BY THE TIME I WAS FINISHED WITH THOSE TESTS I HAD LOST THE FULL RIDE–MY GUESS IS THEY FIGURED THIS BOY IS NOT TOO BRIGHT AND WILL EITHER BE INELIGIBLE OR FLUNK OUT, SO WE BETTER GIVE IT TO A BRIGHTER DUDE,EH? I ENDED UP GOING TO MUSKINGUM IN NEW CONCORD, OHIO AND PLAYED BASKETBALL AND BASEBALL FOR 4 YEARS. I ACTUALLY GRADUATED WITH A BLAZING 2.3. DONNIE, ERM, AND STOSH WERE ALL PROUD OF ME, THE FIRST HICKOK TO GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE.

  2. Laughing out loud, Dad!! Heard this story before as a kid, but I’d forgotten. Highlights one of my favorite things about you. You are who you are, never tried to tell me you lit it up academically in college. And you’ve always had the BEST sense of humor. Even though you SWEAR nobody ever thinks you’re funny–you have the kids, Chiefy and I howling with laughter ANYTIME we’re around you. You never took yourself too seriously back when I was a kid–or now. Part of what makes you so much fun to be around. (Also how I learned not to be too hard on myself)

    Funny, that back then the parents were ‘proud’ of a 2.3!!! Who cares if you STUNK in the classroom? Most important is the kind of man you’ve always been; hard working, wonderful father, husband, friend, teammate, etc.

    • Omg…that’s hysterical!!! Still did better than me, Uncle Dave. No college would accept me. I was doomed 🙂

      • See even Amys blog called me Anonymous….my name is Jamie Wheeler. And my sister Christy is awesome!!!!

  3. James, I knew your high school career wasn’t stellar. That school didn’t come easily. However, you certainly rebounded with a four-year degree from John Carroll University, then an MBA from Case Western Reserve University, not to mention a career in pharmaceutical sales that had you living in New York City and currently in California. Then there’s your latest venture, your startup company Gradify which can be found at: http://www.gradify.com/

    There’s the old saying “IT’S THE C STUDENTS WHO RULE THE WORLD!!!” (But go to college Daughter…)

  4. Love all my funny family, hey everyone. Does it count that I did not attend college, but worked at Gannon University in the library? Pretty damn impressive huh? Although Chief would say my hours were part time! he-he Thank God I married Joseph Altadonna! I did set a record at Gannon while working for accumulating the most unpaid parking tickets. True story. We all have some great achievements. What a family. I am Christy’s Auntie!!!

  5. I say the library counts!!! You WERE on campus, right? And so what if the job was full-time, and you sort of made it part-time. How did you get all those parking tickets when you didn’t make going to work a habit???

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