Comprehensive Testing Center
Youngstown State University
Mission: The Comprehensive Testing Center (CTC) supports the University’s mission to place students at its center by providing and proctoring a variety of academic tests for both students and non-students. The CTC ensures that placement exams are available on a flexible basis for all students; serves as a resource for students seeking to take the ACT, MAT, LSAT, PRAXIS, and GRE subject tests; provides examinations to students and non-students in a professional, efficient, and friendly environment; ensures access for all members of the YSU community; provides accommodations when appropriate, and responds quickly to queries from students, parents, faculty, and other members of the YSU community.
During the 2011 - 2012 academic year, approximately 50% of all incoming freshmen tested into developmental English coursework and 40% tested into a developmental reading course. 65% of our incoming freshmen required developmental math coursework prior to registering for GER level math classes. The Testing Center staff is working with academic chairs in an effort to help increase the preparedness of students coming to take placement testing at YSU.
The CTC provides rapid return Scantron services for faculty and staff across campus. From June 1, 2011 to June 1, 2012, we scanned 117,686 Scantron forms-an increase of 10% over last year’s numbers. This increase is associated with the number of faculty exams, College-in-High School, and TOEFL exams that we handled. Also in 2011-2012, The CTC worked with the English Language Institute to streamline ELI pre and post test requirements.
Our goal for 2012-2013 is to work with our academic departments and move to a system of placement testing that includes a greater reliance on ACT scores while still offering Compass as a secondary check on student placement. The CTC will gather data and suggest ACT placements that correlate to high student success rates. Those suggestions will be given to academic departments and the Academic Senate for their review.
In 2012, the CTC began working with exam companies such as Comira, Castle, and Prov to offer professional proctoring services to residents of the Mahoning Valley and beyond. The exams offered encompass a variety of professional certifications, such as personal trainer, loss prevention, and specialized dietetic certifications. Offering these exams at YSU serves our larger mission of community out-reach and helps diversify YSU’s presence to the residents of our Valley.
|Exams Proctored||FY2010 Revenue Generated||FY2010 Exams Proctored||FY2011 Revenue Generated||FY2011 Exams Proctored||FY2012 Revenue Generated||FY2012 Exams Proctored|
|Miller's Analogies Test (MAT)||$1,025.00||48||$1,050.00||42||$1,025.00||41|
|Distance Exam Proctoring||$3,125.00||126||$3,675.00||147||$3,800.00||152|
|Placement Tests||$881.00 (Retest Fee)||3,846||$885.00||3,955||$1,070.00 (Retest Fee)||3,179|
|* ACT, LSAT, PRAXIS, GRE Subject, Comira, PROV||$0.00||1,527||$0.00||1,577||$600.50||1,580|
* Exams offered as a service to the community