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The University of Arkansas-Monticello, like every other public college or university, requires students to take the Rising Junior Exam.
Act 874 of 1993 mandates Arkansas college students to take the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency, one type of Rising Junior Exam, after reaching 45 to 60 hours at the 1000-level or above. Students must take the test when instructed, otherwise they will not be able to register for enrollment to any Arkansas public college or university.
Debbie Bryant, associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs/Registrar, said the purpose of the exam is to measure learning in the general education area. Each student must achieve a “valid” score on the exam. If a student receives an “invalid” score, then the student may be asked to retake the test.
Even though there is no passing or failing, the scores of the CAAP are filed into student’s records and follow them for the rest of their academic career. According to Bryant, some academic units look at student’s CAAP scores before allowing entrance into their programs.
“The CAAP is a norm-referenced test comparing students with the local group being tested and the national group tested and gives a reference point of performance,” Bryant said.
The CAAP shows how students perform in reading, mathematics, English skills, essay writing and science reasoning on a local and national basis. To prepare for the CAAP, use common sense.
“Get a good night’s rest, eat a healthy meal before the testing period, remain calm, follow all directions carefully, concentrate on the material and try one’s best,” Bryant said.
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