For the past seven months, things have changed drastically for APSU due to COVID-19. Almost every single aspect of conducting student life has been altered in a variety of ways, some better than others.
Of the many concerns in regards to being efficient in academic procedures for both student and teacher alike, testing is perhaps the most important fundamental inquiry.
Of course, every Gov has experienced alterations of testing procedures that have accompanied the adjustments in basic classroom teaching/learning procedures. Govs have learned to study in the classroom with only either 1/3 or 1/2 of the student roster present and have tested in the same fashion. Govs have adapted to learn six feet apart from one another as the same with testing.
At this point, most Govs have learned to do well when it comes to alternating between in-class and online attendance.
However, COVID-19 has not only affected testing for current governors but has also affected admissions testing for potential governors as well, namely the American College Testing (ACT), the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) and the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE).
“Because of the current situation with COVID and university policies, we have discontinued administration of the ACT on national testing dates. We do, however, continue to offer ACT Residual testing and have increased the number of test sessions available to accommodate anyone to may need it,” Dr. Nancy King-Sanders, vice provost for Student Achievement, said.
Due to high school graduates and college graduates having a difficult time obtaining access to standardized ACT, SAT and GRE testing, prior provost and assistant to the president Rex Gandy authorized the Office of Admission to waive ACT test requirements for fall semester 2020.
Additionally, issues of high school graduates obtaining standardized tests are expected to exceed the fall semester and that is why provost and senior vice president of Academic Affairs Maria Cronley has authorized dispensing with ACT test requirements for 2021 summer and fall admission.
“A holistic review of incoming student’s academic credentials, including high school grade point average (GPA) with specific high school course grades will determine admission,” Dr. King-Sanders said.
In addition to these changes, APSU is also offering College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams to help students in mastering intro courses.
APSU is also offering other tests to help students achieve their academic goals such as DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), ACT Residual, ACCUPLACER tests, and Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exams.
All of these exams being currently available, APSU students must keep in mind that social distancing guidelines are still present within the framework of testing procedures.
All information needed to know about placement requirements are at https://apsu.edu/testing/-accuplacer-assessment/index.php and CLEP information can be viewed at https://www/apsu.edu-/testing/clep/index.php.