Test Full Name: Short Placement Tests Developed by ACT
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Content of tests and advices for students who want to pass ASSET
ASSET is short placement test series designed by ACT (American College Testing) for the colleges to place the incoming students into appropriate courses matching their academic skills. ASSET follows a paper and pencil format and is used by approximately 400 community and technical colleges. ASSET helps the students to work with the schools to enrol in best suited course for them. The test aids the students to be advised about the resources or courses that can help them reap academic success. Simultaneously, the test also benefits the college or institution to increase the student retention rate and graduation rates through facilitating the success of students.
ASSET is multiple choice tests comprising of three Basic Skills test and four Advanced Mathematics tests. The Basic Skills test consists of evaluation of Writing Skills, Reading Skills, and Numerical skills. The Writing Skills Test evaluates the student's proficiency in grammar usage, punctuation, sentence structure and, writing strategy and style. The Reading Skills Test aims at analysing the ability of the student to comprehend and make logical interpretations of the information provided. The Numerical Skills Test assesses ability of the student to perform basic math operations using whole numbers, decimals, and fractions and knowledge proficiency in pre-algebra and basic understanding of prime numbers, absolute values, scientific notation, and square roots.
The Advanced Mathematics test comprises of Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra and Geometry. The Elementary Algebra Test measures the ability of the students to solve the basic algebraic problems like simplifying algebraic expressions, solving linear and quadratic equations, and polynomial operations. The Intermediate Algebra Test measures the student's ability to solve a slightly advanced algebra including factoring, graphing, solving linear inequalities, and calculating slope and distance. The College Algebra Test assesses the student's potential to solve algebraic problems of college-level education such as complex number operations, exponential functions, factorials, and graphs of polynomials. The Geometry Test is aimed at evaluating the knowledge of the student in geometry in relation to the proficiency in comprehending formulas and principles of various geometric figures. The institutions include the tests for orientation depending upon the course the student is willing to join. Most of the schools only demand the students to take up the Basic Skills test.
The students can follow some strategies to effectively complete every section and score more. In the Writing Section for answering question relating to paragraph it is important to understand the meaning of each paragraph. Moreover, selection of the correct answer will be easier by substituting each option of the multiple choices given into the highlighted portion for each item. The Reading Skills test requires careful reading of the complete passage and focused reading of the passages to which the questions are related. Similarly by reading and proper understanding of the complete question is very important in the Numerical and advanced Mathematics test as the candidate may miss some information mentioned in relation to a table or graph. Determining the correct answer can also become easier by solving the problem before looking at the choice given and finding the solution in the alternatives. Many a times 'Not given' may be the right answer.
ASSET, being a placement test, does not have a passing score and is only intended towards analysing the frail areas of the students to plan an optimal student service to help them in these areas. This avoids any kind of interruption in education during the course and helps the students to effectively prepare for the course. Unlike other tests, ASSET also has an Educational Planning Form for communicating the student's expectation in terms of academic needs and objective in addition to the test scores.
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