Admissions and Standards Committee


Motion to Revise the Regentsís Test Policy

Rationale:

The Board of Regents has changed the rules regarding the Regentsís Test so that students required to take the Regentsíss Test courses can receive financial aid for those courses. The changes below make the changes to GSU policy which are required by the new BOR policy. The new BOR policy is attached below the proposed new policy.

Motion:

Effective Summer 2005, the Regents' Test Policy is modified as follows:

Additions Deletions

1410.10 Regentsís Reading and Writing Requirements   RGTR 0198     Regentsís Reading Skills* RGTE 0199     Regentsís Writing Skills*

*Students may satisfy these requirements by passing the Regentsís Reading Test and the Regentsís Writing Test. The Regentsís Reading Test and the Regentsís Writing Test are the final exams for RGTR 0198 and RGTE 0199 respectively. Students must pass the Tests to pass the courses. Therefore, students cannot avoid taking the Tests and are strongly encouraged to meet these requirements by passing the Tests. RGTR 0198 and RGTE 0199 do not count towards the 120 hours required for graduation. The courses are graded S/U and students will be awarded an S if they pass the test and a U if they do not pass the test. For details, see Section 1420.

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1420 Regentsís Reading and Writing Test Requirement

To demonstrate competence in reading and writing, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia requires that students pass RGTR 0198, Regentsís Reading Skills, and RGTE 0199, Regentsís Writing Skills. Students may demonstrate their competence in reading and writing by passing the Regentsís Reading Test and the Regentsís Writing Test. The Regentsís Reading Test and the Regentsís Writing Test are the final exams for RGTR 0198 and RGTE 0199 respectively. Students must pass the Tests to pass the courses. Therefore, students cannot aovid taking the Tests and are strongly encouraged to meet the Regentsís Reading and Writing Requirements by passing the Tests. The RGT courses do not count towards the 120 hours requirement. (See section 1470.) In general, undergraduate students seeking a baccalaureate degree at Georgia State University must pass an examination in reading and writing, the Regentsís Test. Students with certain SAT, ACT, AP or IB scores, non-native speakers of English, students who hold a baccalaureate and students with documented disabilities are subject to modified rules regarding these requirements this test. (See below.) Furthermore, students holding a baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited institution of higher education are not required to pass the Regentsís Test. After reading this material, students with questions should contact the Student Advisement Center, www.gsu.edu/advisement.

Description of the Courses. RGT courses are designed to help students gain the reading and writing competence necessary to pass the Regentsís Tests and be successful in college-level work. The Regentsís Tests are the final exams for the courses. The courses are graded S/U and students will be awarded an S if they pass the test and a U if they do not pass the final exam in the course.

Description of the Tests. The reading section of the Regentsís Reading Test is a 60-item, multiple-choice test taken in one hour. There are ten reading passages and five to eight questions about each passage. The test consists of a series of reading passages with five to eight questions about each passage. The passages cover a variety of subjects (e.g., social science, math, natural science and humanities).

The writing section of the Regentsís Writing Test is a one-hour essay exam in which students are asked to write an essay on one of four topics. Students are allowed to use dictionaries during the last 15 minutes of the Writing Test writing section of the test.

Both sections of the exam tests are taken at one time with the Writing Test writing section coming first.

Administration. Initially, students must take both tests sections of the Regentsís Test at the same time. If a student has passed one test section but not the other, the student will retake only the test section that the student has failed. If a student has failed both sections, the student may retake the two sections in separate semesters.

The Regentsís Tests are is given during the semester at a time specified by the Board of Regents. The tests may be taken only once per semester. For the current test exam schedule, see the on-line Registration Guide.

Students are encouraged to take the Regentsís Tests upon completion of Engl 1101. Students may take the Regentsís Tests during a semester in which they have not enrolled in any classes. Students who have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and how have earned a grade of U at least two times in the relevant RGT course Students with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher who have successfully completed the relevant RGT course at least two times will be allowed two hours for each section of the test. To take advantage of this option, students much bring a current copy of their academic evaluation to the Testing Office at least seven days prior to the date scheduled for the extended time test examination.

Students Entering GSU With No Transfer Credits. If they have not met the Regentsís Reading and Writing Requirements taken it previously, students must take the tests or enroll in both RGT courses in their first semester of enrollment after earning 30 semester hours. Students who have earned 45 college-level semester hours and who have not passed the Regentsís Tests must meet the following remediation requirements. They must take the appropriate non-degree credit course(s) in remedial reading and/or remedial writing (Regentsís Test Preparation or RGT courses) RGTR 0198 and/or RGTE 0199 in each semester of attendance until they have passed all components of the both tests. Students who fail the Reading Test reading section must take the reading RGTR 0198 course, students who fail the Writing Test writing section must take the writing RGTE 0199 course, and students who fail both tests sections must take one course and may take both courses. Students who have not passed both the Regentsís Tests before earning 75 hours will have a hold placed on their registration that will be lifted after speaking with a Student Advisement Center staff member.

Students Entering GSU With AP/CLEP/IB/JE Credits. Students entering with Advanced Placement, College Level Examination Program, International Baccalaureate and/or Joint Enrollment credit are not required to take RGTR 0198 or RGTE 0199 until they have earned at least 45 hours and been enrolled at least two semesters.

USG Transfer Students. All students transferring from University System of Georgia (USG) programs leading to the baccalaureate degree must follow the rules for students with no transfer credits.

Non-USG Transfer Students. Students with 30 or more semester credit hours transferring from outside of the System or from a System program that does not require the Regentsís Tests are strongly encouraged to should take the tests during their first semester of enrollment in a program leading to the baccalaureate degree. Those who have not met the requirement passed before their third semester of enrollment are subject to the remediation requirements for students entering GSU with no transfer credits.

Regentsís Test Preparation (RGT) Courses. Regentsís Test Preparation courses are a regular part of the studentíss academic load but do not count towards the 120 Semester Hour Requirement. (See section 1470.) The courses are graded S/U. A student who misses 300 minutes of class time in a required RGT course will be withdrawn from the course by the instructor and the grade of WF be recorded. Such a reduction in course load may affect the entitlement of a student who is receiving any type of financial aid.

SAT, ACT, AP and IB Waivers. Students who have a score of 510 or better on the SAT I Verbal test or a score of 23 or better on the ACT test (given on a national examination day) have automatically passed RGTR 0198 the reading section of the Regentsís Test. Students who have a score of 650 or better on the SAT II English Writing test, a score of 3 or better on the higher level Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition test, a score of 3 or better on the higher level AP English Literature and Composition test, or a score of 4 or better on the International Baccalaureate (IB) English test have automatically passed RGTE 0199 the writing section of the Regentsís Test. Students who have earned these scores should submit an official score report to the Office of the Registrar.

Nonnative speakers of English. Nonnative speakers of English (NNS) will be certified as meeting Regentsís testing requirements either by

• passing the reading/writing section of the Regentsís Georgia State Tests of English Proficiency (Regentsís GSTEPs),

• taking the regular Regentsís Tests,

• taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Nonnative speakers of English (NNS) will be certified as meeting Regentsísrequirements by passing RGTR 0198 and RGTE 0199. However, NNS students may demonstrate their competence in reading and writing and automatically pass these courses by passing the Reading and Writing Tests of the Georgia State Tests of English Proficiency (GSTEPs), taking the regular Regentsís Tests, or taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). NNS students who have a TOEFL score of 23 or higher on the reading section of the computer-based TOEFL exam or a score of 57 or higher on the reading section of the paper-based TOEFL exam have automatically passed RGTR 0198. NNS students who have a Test of Written English (TWE) score of 4 or higher have automatically passed RGTE 0199. NNS students may not take the Regents' GSTEP and the regular Regents' test in the same semester.

NNS students choosing to take the TOEFL pass the Regentsís Test reading requirement by earning a score of 23 or higher on the reading section of the computer-based exam and a score of 57 or higher on the reading section of the paper-based exam. They pass the Regentsís Test writing requirement by earning a score of 4 or higher on the Test of Written English (TWE).

NNS students who must take RGT courses may take the regular RGT courses or they may take RGT courses for NNS students that specifically address the Regents' GSTEP. These courses are NNS students who have not completed the Regentsís Test requirements and who have attempted 45 or more semester hours will have the option of taking regular RGT courses or RGT courses for NNS students offered by the Department of Applied Linguistics & English as a Second Language. For more information, contact the Department of Applied Linguistics & English as a Second Language, www.gsu.edu/gstep.

Student with a Baccalaureate Degree. Students holding a baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited institution of higher education have automatically passed RGTR 0198 and RGTE 0199.

Students with Disabilities. Students with documented disabilities may arrange for appropriate administration of the Regentsís Tests and for any necessary remediation. Contact the Office of Disability Services, www.gsu.edu/disability. Appropriate accommodations will be made based upon the studentíss functional limitations as presented in their documentation.

Appeal of a Failing Score on the Writing Test Section. A student may request a formal review of his or her failure on the Writing Test writing section of the Regentsís Test if that studentíss essay received at least one passing score among the three scores awarded. Students who wish to appeal should contact the Department of English. The review procedures shall be as follows.

A student must initiate the review procedure by midterm of his or her first semester of enrollment after the semester in which the Writing Test writing section was failed. The review must be initiated, however, within one calendar year from the semester in which the failure occurred.

All applicable regulations of the Regentsís Reading and Writing Requirements Test Policy remain in effect for those students whose tests essays are under review, including those regulations relating to remediation and to retaking the test.

The review will be conducted by three faculty members of the Department of English chosen by the Chair of the Department of English. The review panel may (a) sustain, by majority opinion, the essayíss failing score, thus terminating the review process, or (b) recommend, by majority opinion, the re-scoring of the essay by the Regentsís Testing Program central office. The student will be notified concerning the results of the on-campus review.

If the Georgia State University panel recommends re-scoring of the essay, that recommendation will be transmitted in writing, along with the essay, to the office of the system director of the Regentsís Testing Program.


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