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Assessment Day

Fall 2017 Assessment Day will be held on Friday, August 25. All first-year students are required to participate.

For questions regarding required participation, please see the frequently asked questions (FAQs) below or contact the Center for Assessment and Research Studies (CARS) at assessment@jmu.edu.

To find out more about Assessment Day, including what kind of assessments are administered and how the results are used, please refer to the FAQs below or watch this short video, which is shown to all students at the beginning of each testing session.

Please see below for answers to frequently asked questions FAQs.



Do I have to attend Assessment Day?

If you have received an email from the Center for Assessment and Research Studies (assessment@jmu.edu) alerting you of your required attendance on Assessment Day, then your attendance is required. There are two Assessment Days each year: a Fall Assessment Day in August and a Spring Assessment Day in February. Incoming freshmen are required to attend the Fall Assessment Day and students (even transfer students) that have earned between 45 and 70 credits prior to the spring semester are required to attend the Spring Assessment Day. You cannot test out of these assessments. If you are uncertain about whether you must attend, contact the Center for Assessment and Research Studies (assessment@jmu.eduprior to Assessment Day. If you are required to attend and fail to do so, a hold will be placed on your record, preventing you from registering for classes. 

Where do I go on Assessment Day?

You will be assigned a testing location based on the last four digits of your JMU student ID number. This information, along with the time you will be testing, is available. Several student groups require special accommodations for Assessment Day testing. If you are a member of an athletics team, ROTC, or the Marching Royal Dukes, please check accommodations below.

Aday Room

Accommodations

Athletic Teams

All members of the following teams should attend SESSION A for their assessments. Your room assignment has not changed, so report to the same room as determined by your student ID number.

  • Women’s Soccer
  • Track & Field
  • ROTC

All members of the following teams should attend SESSION B for their assessments. Your room assignment has not changed, so report to the same room as determined by your student ID number.

  • Field Hockey
  • Track & Field/Cross Country
  • Cheerleading

All members of the following teams should attend SESSION C for their assessments. Your room assignment has not changed, so report to the same room as determined by your student ID number.

  • Football

 

If you are a member of one of the following groups, you have a conflict that does not permit you to attend Assessment Day. We will contact you with information regarding a required make-up testing session

  • Men’s Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Marching Royal Dukes

Students registered with Disability Services to receive accommodations on exams

The table below contains instructions for students needing various types of testing accommodations on Assessment Day. Although you do not need to be registered with the Office of Disability Services (ODS) to receive these accommodations, we highly suggest you register with ODS early in your academic career by calling 568-6705 or visiting Student Success Center, Suite 1202. If the accommodation you need is not listed here or if you have a scheduling conflict that prohibits you from following these instructions, please contact the Center for Assessment and Research Studies (assessment@jmu.edu) as soon as possible.

Accommodation

Instruction

Extended time (not to exceed 4 hours)

If you need one of these accommodations, ignore the room and session information associated with the last 3 digits of your student ID and instead report to Harrison Hall 2241 on Assessment Day. Testing will begin promptly in this room at 12:00 PM.

Ability to write on multiple choice exams

Enlarged computer screen

If you need this accommodation, please contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) by calling 568-6705 or visit Student Success Center, Suite 1202. If you are not testing on Assessment Day, you will need to contact the Center for Assessment and Research Studies (assessment@jmu.edu) prior to Assessment Day to avoid a hold being placed on your student record.

Reader

If you need one of these accommodations, you will take your assessments on an alternative date in the Office of Disability Services. Please contact ODS at 540-568-6705 two weeks prior to Assessment Day to set up a time to complete your assessments. If you are not testing on Assessment Day, you will need to contact the Center for Assessment and Research Studies (assessment@jmu.edu) prior to Assessment Day to avoid a hold being placed on your student record.

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Assistive technology (other than enlarged computer screen)

What if I need testing accommodations (e.g., extended time, enlarged computer screen) because of a disability?

The table below contains instructions for students needing various types of testing accommodations on Assessment Day. Although you do not need to be registered with the Office of Disability Services (ODS) to receive these accommodations, we highly suggest you register with ODS early in your academic career by calling 540-568-6705 or visiting Student Success Center, Suite 1202. If the accommodation you need is not listed here or if you have a scheduling conflict that prohibits you from following these instructions, please contact the Center for Assessment and Research Studies (assessment@jmu.edu) as soon as possible.

Accommodation

Instruction

Extended time (not to exceed 4 hours)

If you need one of these accommodations, ignore the room and session information associated with the last 3 digits of your student ID and instead report to Harrison Hall 2241 on Assessment Day. Testing will begin promptly in this room at 12:00 PM.

Ability to write on multiple choice exams

Enlarged computer screen

If you need this accommodation, please contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) by calling 568-6705 or visit Student Success Center, Suite 1202. If you are not testing on Assessment Day, you will need to contact the Center for Assessment and Research Studies (assessment@jmu.edu) prior to Assessment Day to avoid a hold being placed on your student record.

Reader

If you need one of these accommodations, you will take your assessments on an alternative date in the Office of Disability Services. Please contact ODS at 540-568-6705 two weeks prior to Assessment Day to set up a time to complete your assessments. If you are not testing on Assessment Day, you will need to contact the Center for Assessment and Research Studies (assessment@jmu.edu) prior to Assessment Day to avoid a hold being placed on your student record.

Scribe

Assistive technology (other than enlarged computer screen)

What if I can't attend Assessment Day?

If you have received an email from the Center for Assessment and Research Studies (assessment@jmu.edu) alerting you of your required attendance on Assessment Day, then your attendance is required. If there is an emergency or an extenuating circumstance that prevents you from attending, please contact the Center for Assessment and Research Studies (assessment@jmu.edu) as soon as possible. Students who fail to complete their assessments on Assessment Day will have a hold placed on their student record, which will prevent them from registering for classes.

What should I expect on Assessment Day? What kind of assessments will I be completing?

Expect to complete up to four assessments associated with your general education coursework and JMU experiences. A variety of assessments are administered. For example, you might be asked to complete assessments in quantitative and scientific reasoning, information literacy, critical thinking, cultural competency, environmental stewardship, communication, global history, American history, arts, humanities, or health and wellness. You might also be asked to respond to questions pertaining to your attitudes, values, perceptions, or behaviors. Not all students receive the same assessments. JMU uses the information you provide on Assessment Day to improve programs on campus that serve a large number of undergraduate students. Therefore, your efforts on Assessment Day will help improve the JMU student experience and make JMU a better university.

Because assessments begin promptly at their designated start time, please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time. Trained proctors will inform you of the purpose of assessments here at JMU and the guidelines and procedures related to the assessments. Your testing session will last approximately 2 hours. To avoid a hold on your record, please stay until the end of your appointed assessment session.

What does JMU do with the information collected on Assessment Day? Why is Assessment Day important to me?

The information collected on Assessment Day is used in a variety of ways. First, assessment results are shared with faculty committees and administrators across the campus. The results are used to inform program changes and improvements, which in turn lead to a higher quality of education for all JMU students. Second, the assessments you will take on Assessment Day enables JMU to answer important questions being asked by students, parents, employers, and legislators about what a college degree is worth. Third, the Commonwealth of Virginia mandates that all state universities assess student learning to ensure quality.

Assessment Day is important to you because it helps to ensure that you are receiving the highest quality education and makes the quality of your education known to external groups (e.g., graduate schools, employers). These assessments help us show stakeholders what being a JMU graduate means. By giving your best effort on these assessments, you are helping to preserve the reputation of JMU, which, in turn, will help you get into a graduate program or get a job in the future.

What can I do to prepare for Assessment Day?

Students are expected to come to Assessment Day ready to test. This includes knowing where your testing room is located, knowing what time your testing session begins, and getting a good night’s rest the night before testing.

There is no need to study for Assessment Day; JMU simply wants to know what you know, think, and can do at the time of testing. Although we do not expect you to have mastered any or all of the concepts that will be assessed, we do expect you to come to Assessment Day ready to put forth your best effort. 

What is the purpose of testing transfer students on Spring Assessment Day?

Transfer students provide an invaluable resource for comparing JMU’s award winning general education program to other general education programs across the country. By participating in Assessment Day, transfer students are helping to identify areas of strength and weakness in JMU’s general education program. With this information in hand, changes can be made to better serve JMU’s student population and increase JMU’s national reputation.

How does my attendance and performance on Assessment Day affect my student record?

Assessment results are used to inform program changes and improvements, which in turn lead to a higher quality of education for all JMU students. Your scores on the assessments will not become part of your student record, nor will they affect your GPA. However, all students are expected to attend Assessment Day and provide good effort on the assessments. If you fail to attend Assessment Day, a hold will be placed on your student record.  This hold will prevent you from adding or dropping classes within the current semester and will prevent you from registering for future classes. If you receive a hold for missing Assessment Day, the Center for Assessment and Research Studies (CARS) will contact you directly with information on how to get the hold removed.  For more information, please contact CARS at assessment@jmu.edu

What can I bring on Assessment Day?

Students are not required to bring any materials to the testing sessions. However, you will need to provide your 9-digit JACard number multiple times throughout the testing session, so it may be helpful to bring your JACard. Students are not permitted to bring food into any testing room. Bottled drinks are permitted only if they have a sealable lid.

IMPORTANT! Use of any electronic device, such as a cell phone, laptop or tablet, is strictly prohibited on Assessment Day. Students are asked to turn off their electronic devices and place them out of sight for the duration of the testing session. If a student uses their cell phone, laptop or tablet at any point during the testing session, they are dismissed and required to attend a make-up session. Any student found to be in possession of content from the assessment session, which is the property of JMU and the Center for Assessment and Research Studies, will be referred to the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices for violations of the code of student conduct.