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A+dvancer (or Advancer) Online Courseware is an online course available to incoming students desiring to develop their skills in Reading, Sentence Skills, Arithmetic, or Elementary Algebra to improve their Rock Valley College placement. When faced with the task of studying for a placement exam, many students end up studying and reviewing material they already know. One of the great advantages of A+dvancer is that the program begins with an assessment and then creates an individualized plan to target the exact material students do not know.
At this time, A+dvancer is available at no cost to students who have taken the ACCUPLACER Placement Test once and who plan to re-test.
Students eligible to utilize the A+dvancer online program are those who:
All of the A+dvancer Online Courseware can be done at your convenience from any computer with online access. To begin, please visit the Rock Valley College Testing Center during office hours or call (815) 921-2385 for an appointment. Once a student is registered for a subject (Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, Sentence Skills, or Reading Comprehension), he/she will take an A+dvancer diagnostic test of 30-35 questions in this subject area. The results of the test identify the student's specific areas of weakness within that subject. The courseware is then individually tailored to provide lessons for the student in his/her identified areas of weakness. Once the student completes a lesson, he/she must pass a practice test and then a mastery test (80%) before moving on to the next lesson in the sequence
|Results of Students Using A+dvancer|| |
|Subject Area ||Average* A+dvancer Test time||Average* Instruction (Study) time ||Average* Placement Test Gain|
|Elementary Algebra ||32 Minutes||6 Hours ||19 Points |
|Sentence Skills ||15 Minutes ||2 Hours 24 Minutes ||20 Points |
|Reading Comprehension ||21 Minutes ||3 Hours ||8.6 Points |
1) Register in person at the Rock Valley College Testing Center in the Student Center, lower level.
2) Take a brief diagnostic test in the Testing Center (30-35 questions). Based on your results, A+dvancer will prescribe an individualized lesson plan tailored to address your weakness in the subject area.
3) Do the lessons assigned to meet your specific academic needs. Each lesson includes a study guide, practice test, and mastery test. Studies show that students who spend adequate time studying the lessons do better than those who simply practice doing problems.
4) Re-Test the ACCUPLACER Placement Test ($5 re-test fee applies)
For more information and a demonstration of the courseware, please visit www.advancerlearning.com
Funding for this project is provided by the Rock Valley College Foundation.
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