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Thursday, June 12th 2008

10:05 AM

Testing, Testing

Better start sharpening pencils and stocking up on pens.  This fall, I'm going back to school.  Provided I can pass the test, that is.

Here's the deal.  I want to take one specific course - just one - at the local community college.  So, when the flyer arrived in the mail a few weeks ago, I cut out the requisite application, filled out the requisite information, indicated which specific course I wanted to take, and enclosed the requisite check.

I heard nothing until yesterday, when I received a letter saying that I had been accepted and could I please send another check as a deposit on my tuition. (Pay no attention to the fact that they still haven't cashed the first check.  What kind of college is this???)

The letter also mentioned that I have to take a "college assessment test" so that my counselor and I can select an appropriate course schedule.  Well, the appropriate course schedule will be the ONE specific course that I want to take.  But, never mind.  My counselor and I will discuss that later.

Anyway, the letter said my test would be in the afternoon.  That doesn't work with my work schedule, so I called the school to reschedule.  I also asked the woman on the phone what exactly this assessment test involves.  She said it starts with a writing assignment (in long hand, I'm guessing.  I wonder if I'll get a blue book?).  Then, I move over to a computer where I'll be tested on reading comprehension and on different levels of math.  Calculators are not allowed.

Well, considering that I have a BA (with honors) in English & Written Communications and 20 years experience as a journalist, I reckon I'll manage to muddle through the reading and writing parts.  As for the math part, maybe all that geometry, trigonometry, and calculus I took in high school and college will finally come in handy. 

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