Performance on External Examinations

College of Arts and Sciences

Psychology ETS Exam

The Department of Psychological Services assesses students using the ETS Major Field Test for Psychology. Prior to Fall 2012, a score of 135 was set by the psychology faculty as a benchmark (minimum threshold) to pass the Psychology Senior Exit Exam. That benchmark score was raised to 140 effective Fall 2012 because a numerical score of 140 is the equivalent of 70% accuracy, which translates to C in the Department’s grade scale. The Department requires a minimum grade of C in all required psychology courses for credit towards graduation. According to the chair of the Department, the mean score for GC test takers was 151 in Spring 2006, but by Spring 2018 it had increased to 164. According to the Comparative Data Guide provided by ETS, the mean score for all students taking the exam from September 2011 until June 2018 was 155. Therefore, as shown in Table 22, senior psychology majors at GC have performed above the national mean of 155, and well above the Department’s benchmark of 140, every year since AY 2008–09.

Table 22. Mean scores of ETS Psychology Major Field Exam test takers at Georgia College (AY 2008–09 through AY 2017–18)


Test Date Number of GC Test Takers GC Mean
AY 2008–09 78 162
AY 2009–10 106 161
AY 2010–11 96 160
AY 2011–12 103 160
AY 2012–13 100 162
AY 2013–14 87 165
AY 2014–15 68 165
AY 2015–16 80 167
AY 2016–17 82 165
AY 2017–18 70 164



Chemistry

The Chemistry department at GC utilizes the American Chemical Society's (ACS) Chemical Education course exams to determine student achievement within a number of courses throughout the entire undergraduate curriculum. Through a pre-/post-test model, department faculty can determine student achievement from the beginning of a course to the end through an analysis of learning gains approach. In addition, national data is available from the American Chemical Society's division of testing, and the Chemistry department at GC sets benchmarks against these national norms. The Department's standard of expectation is to be within one standard deviation of the national norm at the post-test administration of each exam for each course.

Data are presented in Tale 23 as average raw scores and percentage correct for pre-and post-administrations for each course listed (across sections). Given the abundance of data available (the Chemistry department assesses approximately 10 courses each semester), Tables 23a and 23b include sample pre- and post-test data for three courses – one each at the 1000-, 2000-, and 3000-level — over eight concurrent semesters. Student achievement is consistently well above that of the national average, and in all but one case (CHEM 3362 in Fall 2013), targets for achievement were met or exceeded for each term across all three courses.

Table 23. ACS Chemical Education Course Exam Pre- and post-test results of test takers enrolled in three Chemistry courses at Georgia College, Fall 2013 through Fall 2017


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Fall 2013 Spring 2014 Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Fall 2015 Spring 2016 Fall 2016 Fall 2017
  Pre Post Pre Post Pre Post Pre Post Pre Post Pre Post Pre Post Pre Post National Composite Norms
CHEM 1212 19.6 33 20.5 32.4 19.7 32.3 19.5 30.8 17.9 34.7 20.2 35.3 19.8 35.7 20.3 37.8 37.9 +/- 4.0
28 47.2 29.3 46.3 28.1 46.2 28 44 25.5 49.5 28.8 50.4 28.3 51 29 54
CHEM 2800 13.5 21.2 14.7 25.2 14.6 22.6 14.2 23.67 14.7 26.5 11.9 21.5 12.8 24.2 13.6 24.3 28.5 +/- 3.4
27 42.4 29.3 50.3 29.2 45.1 28.4 47.3 29.3 53.1 23.8 43 25.6 48.4 27.1 48.7
CHEM 3362 16.4 24.3 20.7 34.3 19.1 31.7 21.1 34.3 21 34.8 20.2 32.3 18 30.4 17.8 31.8 37.0 +/- 4.0
23.4 34.6 29.6 48.9 27.2 45.3 30.1 49.1 29.9 49.7 28.9 46.2 25.7 43.4 25.4 45.4