I am here today with great relief, a weight off my shoulders, and floating on Cloud 9, because I took my placement test this week! It’s over. *throws confetti*
In my “What’s Up Wednesday” post, I mentioned the test was the biggest thing I’ve been dreading. It’s been about a solid three weeks of studying, nerves, doubt, panic, and more. I hate feeling so nervous about something that I’m unable to enjoy anything else until that event is over. Other than the past three weeks, it’s also been a solid six months of underlying apprehension since I decided to go to college, knowing I would have to take this test.
For those of you who don’t know, I graduated from high school about 4 1/2 years ago. If I had gone to college full-time right after high school, I’d already have my bachelor’s, lol. Better late than never, right?
When I quit my job back in June, job hunting showed me just how much employers don’t want to hire anyone without a college degree. There are numerous reasons why I’ve decided to go to college now, but the lack of inclusion in the job force was certainly a motivation. I also absolutely love learning, and I don’t just want to stop at my high school diploma! I still have to work full-time, but I’m starting with taking one class at a time. Even if it’s slow progress, it’s still progress.
So, back to the placement testing. I took the ACCUPLACER at the college for the math and English sections. Again, math and I get along just as swimmingly as oil and water, so I expected to not do well. That’s okay, because the whole point of the test was to place me where I should start. I didn’t exactly want to do well if it meant being placed in a class beyond my skill. I definitely don’t want to drop a class, or try to push through and fail.
English is my best friend, so I wasn’t very concerned about it, other than the essay portion. I don’t mind writing essays at all; the part that made me nervous was anticipating the unknown prompt. I was scared the prompt would regard something I didn’t know much about, which would have made it infinitely harder to come up with sources, proof, or logic for my argument. The day before the test, I reviewed my essay writing technique and practiced with the outline and everything, which helped build my confidence. You guys, I totally lucked out with the prompt. It basically wanted me to write on whether or not I believed fiction books can teach values and helpful life lessons. I nearly giggled when I saw the prompt because it literally couldn’t have been more perfect for me, a bibliophile.
The best part (other than it being over, lol) is that my scores are so much better than I could have hoped for! If you don’t know, the essays are graded on a score of one-eight, with eight being perfect. I got a seven!! I was shocked! I love writing, but I was still intimidated before the test because I had reviewed their standards of grading each essay score, and they seemed harsh. I was hoping for at least a three, so I am ecstatic. My reading comprehension score was also two points from perfect, which made my day. I’m definitely not trying to sound braggadocios or anything…I’m just ridiculously excited since I haven’t been in school for 4 1/2 years.
As for math, I placed way higher than I expected. There were two sections: Elementary Algebra and College Math. There were plenty of problems I didn’t know in Elementary Algebra, so I was stunned when I finished it and they moved me onto College Math. Students have to earn a high enough score on Elementary Algebra to move forward. I practically didn’t recognize anything in the college math section. Like, they had entire words over numbers as fractions in the algebraic equations. I was lost, haha, but that was okay because it just means I need to learn it. That’s the whole point of college anyway. 😉
Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure I placed higher than I should have. On the test, they don’t have an “I don’t know” option, so when I had no idea, I just chose the first answer. (And secretly hoped it was wrong, so I didn’t place higher than I should.) I have a feeling I accidentally got more correct than I should have, and therefore placed higher. It makes me laugh, because that’s what any student wants on a test, but not a placement test!
According to my math results, I placed high enough to only take one math class for my degree! That’s amazing to me. With my dislike of math, I almost feel like getting a tutor and struggling through. As long as I pass, I don’t really care. Getting math out of the way sounds fantastic! But then again, I don’t want to start something I’m going to fail, and I’m certain I didn’t know enough math to place that high. I should probably start about two classes lower to work my way up. I suppose, though, deciding all of this is why my next step is meeting with an advisor!
My husband was so proud of my test scores that he took me out for lunch afterwards! It was such a nice surprise. He let me choose anywhere I wanted, so I picked Pato Thai–a delicious thai restaurant downtown. I love their sushi, so we got their crunchy roll, which had crab, cucumber, shrimp tempura, and other ingredients I can’t remember. 😉 We also ordered Pad Thai with shrimp. I got a Dr. Pepper and hubby tried their Mango iced tea, which was amazing.
All in all, I’m just so happy it’s done and now I have a plan for where to start! All I have left is meeting with the advisor, registering for class, and getting my student ID. 🙂
Until next time,