Admissions and Standards Committee


Motion to Revise the Regents' Test Rules for Nonnative Speakers of English

Motion:

The policy on the Regents' Test for nonnative speakers of English is revised as follows:

Additions

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

--passing the reading/writing section of the Regents' Georgia State Test of English Proficiency (Regents' GSTEP),

--taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or

--taking the regular Regents' test.

NNS student may not take the Regents' GSTEP and the regular Regents' Test in the same semester.

NNS students choosing to take the TOEFL pass the Regents' 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 Regents' Test writing requirement by earning a score of 4 or higher on the Test of Written English (TWE).

NNS students who have not completed the Regents' 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 at (404) 651--3650.

Rationale:

There is long-standing practice of not allowing students to take both the Regents' GSTEP and the regular Regents' Test in the same semester. This change brings policy in line with practice. It does not seem fair to allow NNS students to have two possibilities to pass complete this requirement when other students only have one.


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