Lincoln Land Community College joins other innovative colleges across the country in introducing a new method of placing students in the correct level of college-level courses. Beginning with the fall 2019 semester, new LLCC students will be placed in appropriate classes based on “multiple measures,” primarily their high school grade point average (GPA).
“LLCC will be using a true multiple measures approach to placement, with cumulative high school GPA as the primary measure, amongst others, to gauge students’ readiness for college-level coursework,” said Dr. Vern Lindquist, vice president of academic services at LLCC. “This innovation is based on nationwide research that indicates high school GPA is the best predictor of success in college-level courses.”
“We are among the first community colleges in Illinois to implement this proven method for course placement and student success,” said Lindquist.
He explained that in contrast to a one-time placement test score, the cumulative high school GPA is a multiple measure that includes a wide array of high school coursework, learning opportunities, an extended timespan, and varied learning modalities to predict a student’s readiness for college-level coursework.
“The use of multiple measures is a welcomed approach for determining college readiness for both math and English placement,” said Jennifer Gill, superintendent of Springfield Public School District 186. “It de-emphasizes one assessment and provides a more holistic viewpoint for LLCC to consider in their college placement decisions.”
Research shows that even for “non-traditional” students who have been away from school for a while, the high school GPA is a more effective indicator of college readiness than a standardized test score. Lindquist added that students, in consultation with their LLCC advisors, may still choose to take the Accuplacer test in lieu of using their high school GPA.
FAQs about LLCC Multiple Measures
What is happening with placement at LLCC?
LLCC will be using a true multiple measures approach to placement, adding cumulative high school GPA as the
primary measure, amongst others, to gauge students’ readiness for college-level coursework.
Why high school GPA?
The cumulative high school GPA is a multiple measure itself that includes a wide array of coursework, learning
opportunities, an extended timespan, and varied learning modalities to predict a student’s readiness for collegelevel coursework.
When will this begin/timeline?
Using cumulative high school GPA for placement into classes for Fall 2019 has already begun. This change does
not apply to Summer 2019.
Is there a time limit for high school GPA?
There is no time limit on a high school GPA. The predictive power of any high school GPA, regardless of age, is a
more effective indicator of readiness than a standardized test score. Students, in consultation with their
advisors, may choose to take the Accuplacer in lieu of using HS GPA.
Who needs to take the Accuplacer?
Students who enroll in the Certified Nursing Assistant course need to take the reading placement test unless
they have placed into EGL 101 without a co-requisite.
Students may choose to take the Accuplacer if they believe their cumulative high school GPA, SAT/ACT, or other
measures for placement do not accurately demonstrate their college readiness.
Students not meeting HS GPA requirements for math placement will need to use other measures for placement
(e.g. Accuplacer, SAT, ACT, etc.).
What high school transcripts are needed?
Students must provide most recent official high school transcripts.
What if I am participating in a concurrent enrollment program (Dual Credit/College Now/First Semester)?
A student’s most recent cumulative high school GPA, which must be reflective of at least the final sophomore
year cumulative GPA, will be used for placement in concurrent enrollment courses.
*Concurrent enrollment legislation in Illinois requires high school students to be at least juniors in order to enroll in concurrent enrollment coursework.
How will weighted GPA be calculated?
Placement is based on cumulative unweighted GPA. If the only available high school GPA is a weighted GPA and
there is no conversion provided by the high school, the weighted GPA will be substituted for the unweighted
How will non-standard GPAs be calculated?
Standard cumulative High School GPA is considered to be a GPA based on a 4.0 scale.
Non-Standard GPA scales are considered to be those on a 5.0 pt, 6.0 pt, 10.0 pt, etc. scale.
LLCC will use a standard formula to convert non-standard GPAs to a standard GPA (4.0) scale.
For example, if a 5.0 point scale is used, the formula used to determine the GPA on a 4.0 scale is the existing
GPA multiplied by .8 = the GPA used for placement.
What if I have a GED?
Students may use GED Scores from 2014 to present on the “Reasoning through the Language Arts” and
“Mathematical Reasoning” GED Subjects for placement. See Math and English placement matrices below for
details. Students who have GED scores prior to 2014 will need to take the Accuplacer or use other methods of
placement (e.g. ACT, SAT, etc.).
What if I am a homeschool student?
Students’ official homeschool cumulative GPA will be used for placement.
What if I am a student under 16?
Students who are under 16 will have their applications reviewed on a case-by-case basis
Notes for English Placement:
EGL 103 prerequisites are administratively waived until further notice
RDG 099 prerequisites are administratively waived until further notice
CMN 101 prerequisites are administratively waived until further notice
CMN 101 CIS sections will no longer be offered
The requirement of RDG for the first 2 tiers of EGL 101 placement has been administratively waived until
RDG 098 will still be a prerequisite for NAS (CNA) sections
CNA students who place into the top tier will be considered to have placed out of RDG 098
Students may still elect to take RDG 099 or EGL 099
Notes for Math Placement:
Students who place into college-level math will be considered to have placed out of all developmental
Students who do not meet the cut-offs in at least the non-STEM track will need to take the Accuplacer for
placement out of any prerequisites that require developmental math.