Analysis of Three Placement Test: Their Roles and Prospects


Many universities in Japan, specifically in the private sector in local areas, have been struggling to secure applicants because of the declining number of 18-year-old population. These universities have lowered their acceptance criteria to reach their capacity levels. Consequently, concerns have been raised regarding the declining academic levels and widening gaps among students. To cope with this problem, universities have implemented placement tests to place students according to their proficiency levels so that appropriate support can be provided. Meanwhile, most universities provide freshmen seminars designed to help students build the basic knowledge and fundamental skills required for academic studies. These strategies are believed to help students gain the support they need to continue their academic work without dropping out of school. This study aims to analyze placement test scores and GPA scores. The target population comprised 100 new students who took three placement tests–English, Mathematics, and Japanese–at a local private university. The study analyzes the results of the three placement tests and their GPA scores. The analysis involves numerical presentation, distributions, frequency, and correlations. The study found correlations between the three test results and the GPA. Moreover, the unique characteristics of placement test scores with different majors were revealed. It is believed that the results of the study can help review and improve the current freshmen seminar class and basic liberal arts subjects, such as basic Japanese writing, basic mathematics, and first- year students’ English.

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Minako Inoue, Health Science University, Japan

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Conference: IICE2024
Stream: Higher education

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Inoue M. (2024) Analysis of Three Placement Test: Their Roles and Prospects ISSN: 2189-1036 – The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Hawaii 2024 Official Conference Proceedings
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