WESTMORELAND COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE New Student and ACCUPLACER Testing Orientation Rev 7/30/08 College Catalog The college catalog is a great reference. Refer to it often! Academic Calendar, Policies and Procedures Degree requirements Course Descriptions Student Handbook Personnel Directory Campus Maps You have six years to complete your degree requirements before you must use an updated catalog. Web Based Services http://www.wccc.edu/ Campus Connections Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS degree) The AAS degree provides you with skills to enter the work force. This is the degree you want to earn if you plan to go to work after you earn your degree from Westmoreland County Community College. Also includes Diplomas and Certificates in selected majors. Associate in Arts Degree (AA degree) This is the degree that you want if you are planning to transfer to a senior institution. Use the WCCC catalog and the senior institution’s catalog to make good course selections. Contact the WCCC transfer counselors, but plan to visit and speak with a transfer representative from the senior institution. Personal Developmental Courses Get tips and strategies on becoming a successful student. Courses include: PDV 155 – College Success PDV 160 – Strategies for Academic Success PDV 165 – Intro to Higher Education PDV 170 – Career Exploration What is a semester? The primary semesters in an academic year are Fall and Spring. Each consists of 15 week sessions. The Fall Semester – Begins in August and ends in December. – Registration begins in April The Spring Semester – Begins in January and ends late April or early May. – Registration begins in November Summer semesters are also available. – (2) 5 1/2 week semesters – (1) eleven week semester, (1) eight week session – Summer semesters are optional Study Time Study time in college can be an adjustment for some students. Much of what you need to learn is done outside of the classroom. You are expected to read and even re-read your text. There may be outside readings that are required as well as outside assignments. A good rule of thumb is that for every hour you are in class you should devote 2 – 3 hours outside of class depending upon the particular class. Student Development Services (Room 130 – Founders Hall) Counseling Academic advising Assessment testing Career planning Orientation for new students Transfer services Tutoring referral Job placement Personal Development Courses (PDV) taught by the Counselors. SANDRA ZELENAK, Director of Student Development Academic Support Services The counselors are available to assist students in making good academic decisions. In addition to the counseling services available there are two academic support programs: …ACT 101- a Pennsylvania Higher Education Equal Opportunity program …TRIO/SSS – a federal program DISABILITY SERVICES You must disclose your disability and you may be asked to document your disability. Please contact: Mary Ellen Beres, Student Support Counselor, Room 130, Founders Hall. Call 724-925-4189 for an appointment. LEARNING SIGN VISION MOBILITY LANGUAGE College Learning Center Founders Hall, Room 565 Tutoring services are provided by peer and professional tutors at no cost to you. Please complete an application in the Room 565 Founders Hall. Make-up testing services and GED testing is available. Computers are available with instructional software.(Office 2007, PLATO, etc.) Financial Aid – Founders Hall One FREE form, FAFSA, (www.fafsa.ed.gov) allows you to apply for: – PHEAA – the state grant (application deadline is May 1st) – Pell – the federal grant (application deadline is ) – Student Loans – Some Scholarships Many Scholarships are available, check the College Catalog and the Financial Aid Office for details and deadlines. For Student Loans contact any local lender. College work-study jobs, a part of the Financial Aid package, are available on campus. Apply at the Financial Aid Office. WCCC Education Centers Youngwood Campus – 4 buildings Bushy Run Center – Delmont Laurel Center– Latrobe Mon Valley Center – Belle Vernon New Kensington Center– New Kensington Armstrong County Center– Ford City Fayette County Center - Uniontown Greene County Center– Waynesburg Indiana County Center – Indiana Public Safety Training Center - Smithton Accuplacer Assessment Test The test is an untimed, computerized test used to measure your present skills in: • Reading Comprehension • Sentence Skills • Arithmetic • Elementary Algebra •Possibly College Level Math • Computer Skills Placement Reading Comprehension Test Designed to measure how well you understand what you read. This test consists of 17 questions. Two types of questions: Sentence relationship questions in which you choose how two sentences are related. Questions that refer to reading passages of various lengths. Sentence Skills Test Two types of questions: Sentence correction questions ask you to choose a word or phrase to substitute for an underlined portion of a sentence. Construction shift questions ask that a sentence be rewritten in a specific way without changing the meaning. This test consists of 17 questions. Arithmetic Test Operations and applications with: whole numbers fractions mixed numbers decimals percent This test has 16 questions. Calculator will be provided as determined by Accuplacer Students scoring between 31 and 72 will automatically be directed to a 30 question math department test to determine final arithmetic placement. Elementary Algebra Test Operations and applications with: integer and rational numbers algebraic expressions equation solving inequalities word problems This test has 12 questions. Calculator will be provided as determined by Accuplacer Students scoring greater than 80 on the Elementary Algebra test will automatically be moved to the College Level Math test for placement into higher math levels including Calculus. Computer Skills Placement CSP Assessment: – Measures computer skills competency – 50 questions – Areas covered: Basic concepts of computing Managing files Word Processing Spreadsheets Databases Presentation skills Internet and email After the Accuplacer Test All new students meet with a student services support assistant or counselor to review their placement test scores and discuss their academic goals. Questions are answered, and academic planning and course scheduling are handled at this meeting. New fall students will be assigned to a faculty advisor prior to the freshman fair. All returning students will receive their faculty advisor’s information in the mail before the early registration periods. You are now ready to take the test. Important points to consider: Give this test your best effort. Take your time. This test is for placement. You are not competing with the others taking the test. Print two copies of your results. Complete any unfinished forms while waiting to meet with an advisor or counselor. Any questions?
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