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programs and courses include a variety of assessments that measure learning success.

For more information about Adult Student Services, contact the Student Services Counselor (TEC Room 176D).

Each academic program at MTC has a list of learning outcomes (skills) that students who graduate will have learned upon successful completion of the program. In addition to programspecific learning outcomes, MTC has defined a set of common skills that each graduate should possess. These skills are collectively called the College Graduate Competencies, or CGC’s.

Basic Skills Assessment/College Placement Testing Assessing incoming students' basic academic skills is closely linked to a successful college experience. Studies – and experience – show that individuals inadequately prepared for college-level courses often flounder, while students with higher skills placed in College Foundation courses tend to be bored and unchallenged. The result in both cases is a negative experience that can affect both grades and college persistence.

The faculty has defined specific CGC’s in six areas: (1) Mathematics, (2) Communications, (3) Information Technology, (4) Problem-Solving and Decision-Making, (5) Interpersonal and Professional Behavior, and (6) Diversity. These skills are taught, reinforced, and/or periodically measured in various courses throughout the curriculum in every degree program. You are strongly encouraged to focus on the CGC’s as you learn throughout your program.

MTC uses a variety of assessment tools to evaluate incoming students' skills in English, reading, writing, computer applications, and math. Assessment results properly place students into the following courses:     

In addition to standard assessments in a specific course such as tests, quizzes, and assignments, assessment can also include scores on special projects, standardized tests, evaluations from internships or co-ops, and rubric scores – any assessment that provides reliable information about how well you are learning. Assessment results are used to help MTC continually improve its programs and courses, and to create a more meaningful learning experience for students.

Business Math ( BUS1100) English Composition I (ENG1000) Beginning Algebra (MTH1110) Applied Technical Math I (TMT1100) Computer Basics (OIS1200) or Computer Applications (OIS1240)

The COMPASS assessment focuses on English, mathematics, reading, and writing. The Technology Skills Test (TST) is a twopart test that covers basic keyboarding skills, basic e-mail usage, Internet experience, and Windows navigation.

Audio/Video-Taping by Students The privilege of audio-taping, visual-taping, or recording photos or images during class time is allowed only with the permission of the instructor. Students must assume that all such activity is prohibited unless expressly permitted orally or in writing by the instructor. A student with a documented learning disability that allows audio-taping is an exception to this rule.

In addition to high school transcripts and other information available to advisors, results of COMPASS and the TST are used to determine if you might benefit from enrolling in certain College Foundation courses or taking a proficiency examination in math or English to earn credit for the course. Basic skills assessments are administered by the Student Resource Center in Room 183 of the Technical Education Center. Individuals may start tests anytime between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Limited hours are available on Fridays and Saturdays by appointment only. The TST can also be taken in the Academic Computer Lab (TEC 193) during regular hours throughout fall, winter, and spring terms.

Recording conversations of any kind without the express written consent of the person(s) involved is illegal.

Auditing a Course If you want to take a course for informational purposes without earning credit, you may do so by auditing the course. To register as an auditing student, you should complete an audit registration form when registering for classes. Health Technologies courses require the appropriate director’s permission to audit. The regular per credit hour fee is charged for audited courses. A change from “audit” to “credit” or vice versa must be made within the first 14 calendar days after the first day of class.

Between terms and during summer semester, assessment testing may begin anytime between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. – Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, or between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Friday testing is by appointment only. Basic skills assessment testing is a FREE service. Students should arrive a few minutes before their intended start time with their social security number. Allow three hours for testing, although most students finish in about two hours. Tests are scored immediately, and your results will be explained during registration by an academic advisor.

Students auditing courses are entitled to participate in the class as much as credit-seeking students; however, examinations and assignments are optional. Courses that are audited are not included in the computation of your cumulative grade point average (GPA) and do not apply toward completion of any graduation requirements. A mark of “R” is recorded on your permanent record to denote audited courses.

Scores on the American College Test (ACT) may also be used for course placement for students enrolled in certain programs. (see the college catalog.) Students required to take the ACT may inquire at the Office of Admission or the Student Resource Center about test dates and locations.

Adult Student Services Whether you are 18 or 80, the student services provided by Marion Technical College are available to you. If you are an evening student, an administrator is available most evenings to answer your questions and provide assistance.

Financial aid students who have not completed high school or earned their GED are required to take the COMPASS basic skills assessment to demonstrate "ability to benefit" in accordance with federal regulations.