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What Are Multiple Weighted Measures?

In the context of course placement, “multiple weighted measures” refers to the use of other critical factors for an individual student. These typically include:

  • High school GPA
  • The number of years since a student took a particular course or was in school
  • Other test scores, such as the SAT or high school end-of-course exams
  • Other non-cognitive information, such as motivation, time management skills, or family support

Why Use Multiple Measures?

When placement decisions are made using multiple measures combined with placement test results, institutions often get a more meaningful, reliable, and valid placement recommendation. Counselors and colleges gain a more complete picture—one that supports necessary intervention and includes recommendations for support in areas such as organizational skills or family outreach.

How to Implement Multiple Measures

ACCUPLACER makes it easy to implement multiple measures. Institutions should determine through data analysis which measures have had the most impact on student success before integrating them into the system. More information about the process for determining, researching, and integrating multiple measures is available in our Multiple Weighted Measures data sheet.

While there is no limit to the number of measures you can integrate, most institutions conduct validity studies to determine the factors most salient to student success.