Kirkland, Wash.–Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) has started a new math and English placement process for students looking to enroll in college. The new math and English placement assessment free of charge and provides calculators for students to use. Students can sharpen their math skills in preparation for the exam by going to the Washington Mathematics Assessment and Placement website. The traditional test used for placement, called a Compass test, was phased out November 1, 2016.
Guided self-placement is a feature of the new assessment, which allows students to review their results and choose their own placement, rather than have it imposed on them. The college received $150,000 in grant funding from College Spark Washington (College Spark) through the Community Grants Program, which allowed LWTech to improve intake and placement services for students. The grant will also be used to consolidate all intake services into one location by fall 2018 at the Smart Start Student Welcome Center on LWTech’s Kirkland campus.
The Assessment Center is open for drop-in placement assessment Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No exams are given on Thursdays. Students must bring government-issued photo ID and an LWTech Student ID number, which they can obtain by filling out a free application online or using a form available at the college. The application takes 10-15 minutes and results in a Student ID number used to take the placement exam.
“Studies have shown students who self-select are more engaged in their education and outlook. One of our goals at LWTech is to make education accessible for everyone. By improving the exam and empowering students to make their own choices based on their results, it removes some of the barriers to enrollment. This innovative, faculty-led process will also empower students to pick the course that’s best for them, based on their level of motivation and current circumstances,” said Dr. Amy Morrison Goings, president of LWTech.
As the only public institute of technology in Washington state, Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) a provides students with the latest cutting edge skills relevant to today’s workplace. LWTech offers six bachelor’s degrees, more than 45 associate degrees, and more than 85 professional certificates in 44 areas of study, including STEM-focused programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.