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Center for Student Achievement

The mission of the Center for Student Achievement (CSA) at Ancilla College is to work in partnership with the College community to assist all students in becoming active, responsible, and successful learners. We strive to help students resolve the personal, academic and social problems interfering with their academic performance.

To accomplish our mission, we:

  • Provide a foundation for learning by teaching strategies that promote active, independent learning
  • Provide service learning opportunities for students who have demonstrated academic excellence
  • Collaborate with the campus community to identify and support students who are not reaching their academic potential
  • Assist and connect students with institutions of higher learning to further their academic endeavors

Hours:

Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Phone: 574-936-8898, ext. 316

Testing Services

The Center for Student Achievement offers several types of testing services for our students, potential students, and the community.

  • CLEP testing for students who want to test out of a course for college credit
  • Departmental exams for students who want to test out of a course for college credit.
  • Make-up testing for students who are not able to make it to class on the day a test is scheduled.
  • Placement Testing for all incoming students

We can also proctor tests for other colleges (depending on technology requirements). We do charge a $15.00 proctoring fee per test.

Our Testing Center is located in Room 204 beside the library.
Our hours are Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. We encourage students to arrive early enough to finish their exams by the time we close.  Appointments outside the hours MUST be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance.  Please contact the Center for Student Achievement if you need an appointment.

CLEP Testing

Feel you already know enough about a subject that you do not need to take the class? Come to the Center to take a CLEP test for college credit. We offer a wide range of CLEP tests.

The cost is $85.00 for the exam paid directly to CLEP by credit card, a $15.00 processing fee (any payment is acceptable, paid directly to the college), and a $50.00 charge if a current student and wanting the credit to go on their transcript. It is still cheaper than taking the actual class! Please contact the Center to schedule an appointment and receive study materials. The test takes 1.5-2 hours.

Additional information about the CLEP and study materials.

Recommended Scores for Credit

Departmental Exams

Feel you already know enough about a subject that you do not need to take the class? Come to the Center to take a Departmental Exam for college credit.

We offer three Departmental Exams:

  • Microbiology
  • Computer Literacy
  • Nutrition.

 

The cost is $50.00 for the exam, and a $50.00 charge if student passes to place credit on transcript.  It is still cheaper than taking the actual class! Please contact our office to schedule an appointment and receive more information about these tests.

Make-Up Testing

If you cannot make it to class the day of the test, don’t fear!  You can take your test in our office. No appointment necessary, unless you are wanting to take the test outside our normal operating hours.  If wanting to take a test outside these hours, you must schedule the appointment at least 48 hours in advance to ensure staff availability.

Placement Testing

All incoming students must take a placement test unless waived due to previous college credit that can be counted towards the degree or high-standardized test scores. There are four sections of the placement test: Essay, Reading Comprehension, Arithmetic, and Elementary Algebra (a sentence skills section may be administered if the essay score is borderline).

We prefer placement tests to be scheduled, but walk-ins are welcome depending on testing room availability. We encourage students who are still in high school to wait about one or two months before graduation to take the placement test as they are finishing their English and/or Math courses as well as finishing their ACT’s/SAT’s. We have found students tend to do better on the placement if they do wait.

If students score high enough, they might be asked to take the College Math test as well.

Resources for Placement Testing

Test Taking Tips

No matter what type of test you are taking, here are some basic tips you can follow to do your very best.

  • Get a good night’s sleep (8-9 hours). If you are tired, you won’t be able to concentrate as well.
  • Make sure to eat (breakfast, lunch, dinner). You can’t concentrate if your stomach is growling.
  • Make sure to eat healthy. Avoid junk food or food with a lot of sugar of caffeine. This can make you tired.
  • Stay in shape. According to research, exercising can help you handle stress better and help with memory and concentration.
  • Make sure to bring plenty of what you need for exam: at least two pencils or pens, 2 calculators (if permitted on exam, that way if one stops working), etc. If you realize you might need something else, it can increase your anxiety.
  • Avoid arriving too early or too late for an exam. If you arrive too early, you have time to sit and worry about the exam or talk to others who are worried which can increase your anxiety. If you arrive too late, you will be worried about having enough time to finish your exam.
  • Avoid discussing the exam while waiting for the exam. This can increase your anxiety. If you want to talk to others before the exam, try discussing something funny or something you are looking forward to. This can decrease your anxiety.
  • If getting anxious during the test, practice deep breathing to calm yourself down.

 

  • When beginning a test, write down important information in the margins (formulas, etc.) right away. If you don’t, you might forget it later. This will help decrease anxiety.
  • Read the entire question carefully and pay attention to details. It is okay if you need to read the question more than once.
  • If you don’t understand what a question is asking, ask the instructor for clarification.
  • Answer the questions you know first. That way if you run out of time, you are more likely to do better on the questions you answered.
  • Budget your time wisely. If you don’t know an answer, skip it and come back to it. That way you have time to answer the questions you know the answers to.
  • Don’t worry if others get done before you. It doesn’t mean they knew the information more than you.
  • If unsure of an answer, go with your first hunch. Most of the time, your first hunch is correct.
  • Keep your eyes on your own paper. Chances are your neighbor doesn’t know more than you.
  • Reward yourself after you are done. Watch a movie, hang out with friends, etc. Even if you felt you didn’t do well, reward yourself for doing the best you could.
  • Overall, keep a positive attitude when taking your test. If you say you are going to fail, you increase your chances of failing.

Question Specific Tips

Listed below are test taking tips for specific questions such as multiple choice, matching, true or false, short answer, and essays.

Tutoring Services

Ancilla College offers FREE tutoring services for all students in every subject including a Writing Lab and Math Lab.  Writing Lab is not just for English courses. Writing Lab can help you write any paper whether for English, Psychology or Marketing, for example. Math Lab can also help students in Chemistry in addition to Algebra.

While we do offer walk in tutoring, it is best to schedule an appointment to ensure students get the help they need.

Can’t make it to the Center?  You can use the following website for assistance: www.hippocampus.org

Nursing and anatomy students can use the following website:   https://www.khanacademy.org/science/healthcare-and-medicine

Math Lab

Struggling with math problems? Having trouble using our Hawkes Learning System? Come to Math Lab (located in Room 201). Our staff can help not only in math courses, but also in other courses that require math computation such as Chemistry.

Math lab has walk-in tutoring for most math classes.  However, if you need specialized assistance, please contact Jill Neidlinger (jill.neidlinger@ancilla.edu) to schedule an appointment.

Can’t make it to math lab?  You can use the following website for assistance.  www.hippocampus.org.

 

Jill Neidlinger

Writing Lab

Welcome to the Ancilla College Writing Lab. Our tutors will assist all students with each step of the writing process – from generating ideas to submitting the finished product and everything in between.

 

Location:  Library Computer Lab

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

Please drop in for a tutoring session, but you may also choose to schedule an appointment.

 

If you unable to make it to campus and need online writing assistance, email your paper or questions to writinglab@ancilla.edu. You will receive a 48 hour turnaround Monday through Thursday. If submitting a paper Friday through Sunday, please allow extra time for a response and plan accordingly.

 

Cynthia Cawthon

Disability Services

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), colleges are required to provide accommodations to students with a documented disability.

If you have a disability and are requesting accommodations, please visit the ADA Coordinator, Kristen Robson in C105G. We can offer a range of disability services based on your documentation to accommodate your needs.

Accommodations are awarded on a case-by-case basis depending on the documentation we receive. Listed below are possible accommodations you may receive, not required in every case.

Common Accommodations

Based on the documentation we receive, these are some of the most common accommodations our office can provide.

 

  • Extended time on tests
  • Tests taken in the CSA
  • Tests read aloud
  • Tape recording lectures
  • E-texts

Traditional Students

If coming right from high school, our office needs a copy of your IEP (Individual Education Plan) before any services are rendered.

If you do not have an IEP, we will need an evaluation from either vocational rehabilitation services, a psychiatrist, or a physician before any services are rendered. Contact the Center for Student Achievement for specific evaluation requirements.

The evaluation for ADD or ADHD must be within 3 years. The evaluation for a learning disability must be within 5 years. The evaluation for a psychiatric disorder must be within the past 6 months.

If your documentation is older, we will ask that you be reevaluated to best accommodate your needs.

Non-traditional Students

We will need an evaluation from either vocational rehabilitation services, psychiatrist, or physician before any services are rendered. Contact the Center for Student Achievement for specific evaluation requirements.

The evaluation for ADD or ADHD must be within 3 years. The evaluation for a learning disability must be within 5 years. The evaluation for a psychiatric disorder must be within the past 6 months.

If your documentation is older, we will ask that you be reevaluated to best accommodate your needs.

TYPES OF DISABILITIES AND POSSIBLE ACCOMMODATIONS

ADD or ADHD

  • Extended time to complete tests
  • Note takers and/or tape recording lectures and/or copies of PowerPoints/class notes
  • Individual tutoring
  • Preferential seating in front of the class
  • E-texts
  • Tests taken in SCC

 

Blindness

  • E-texts
  • Verbal descriptions of visual aids
  • Use of Kurzweil machine
  • Preferential seating in front of class

 

Health Impairments

These include, but are not limited to: Arthritis, Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Asthma, AIDS, and Heart Disease.

  • Note taker and/or tape recording lectures and/or copies of notes/PowerPoints
  • Extended time on tests
  • Attendance accommodations
  • E-texts

Hearing Impairments

Types of hearing impairments include, but are not limited to: Hard of hearing, Deafness, and Auditory Processing Disorder which is the inability to process verbal information.

  • Note taker and/or copies of notes/PowerPoints
  • Closed-captioned films
  • Written assignments and lab instructions
  • Preferential seating in the front of the class

Learning Disabilities

  • Note takers and/or allowing to tape record lectures
  • Extended time on tests
  • Tests taken in SCC
  • Use of Kurzweil machine
  • Tests read aloud
  • E-texts

 

Low Vision

  • Preferential seating in front of class
  • Large print handouts and assignments
  • E-texts
  • Enlarged screens on computer

Mental Illness

Types of mental illnesses include, but are not limited to: Mild Depression, Schizophrenia, and Bipolar Disorder.

  • Note taker and/or tape recording lectures and/or copies of notes and PowerPoints
  • Extended time on in-class assignments and tests
  • Tests taken in the SCC

Mobility Impairments

Types of mobility impairments include, but are not limited to: Amputation, Paralysis, Cerebral Palsy, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Arthritis, and Spinal Cord Injury.

  • Note taker and/or tape recording lectures and/or copies of notes/PowerPoints
  • Preferential seating in room
  • More comfortable seating arrangements
  • E-texts

 

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

  • Preferential seating near windows that open
  • An environment free of pollutants, tobacco smoke, pesticides, toxic and fragrant cleaning products, deodorizers, and exhaust fumes
  • Attendance accommodations
  • Attention to chemicals in lab work and art work
  • Alternative assignments

Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Extended time on in-class writing assignments and tests
  • Note takers and/or tape recording lectures and/or copies of notes/PowerPoints
  • ScribeTests read aloud
  • E-texts

 


OUR MISSION


Ancilla College is a liberal arts institution of higher learning sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and is part of The Center at Donaldson. The college’s religious tradition is Roman Catholic; its climate, ecumenical. In a caring environment, Ancilla serves a diverse population, as we transform and empower students to achieve high academic goals, lifelong learning, successful careers and values-centered lives.



ABOUT ANCILLA


Ancilla College, founded in 1937, is a private, Catholic, not-for-profit, two-year college offering over two dozen associate degree programs. Students from 12 states and 15 countries live and learn at Ancilla.


P.O. Box 1, 9601 Union Road, Donaldson, IN, 46513.


Call toll-free: 1.866.ANCILLA (866) 262-4552 or (574) 936-8898.


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