Assessment

Cengage Launches Assessment Platform for Math Placement

Cengage today introduced PlaceU, a new assessment platform designed to ensure correct placement in college-level math courses.

PlaceU provides an array of online placement tests that have been developed by industry leaders, including Texas A&M University and Purdue University. Each test offers randomized multiple choice as well as fill-in-the-blank questions; topics range from fractions and basic statistics to linear and quadratic equations. Institutions can also create their own tests within the platform, and PlaceU provides free content consultation, ingestion and analytics.

Features of the platform include:

  • Analytics that highlight where students are strong or weak in math concepts;
  • Practice tests to help students get acclimated to the platform; and
  • Offline mode, which ensures students' work is saved even if they lose internet access.

"PlaceU has been a great solution for our Math Placement Exams," said Jenn Whitfield, instructional assistant professor of mathematics at Texas A&M University, in a statement. "The PlaceU interface has given our students a much better experience and we feel that students can better focus on the content of the exam and not the technical aspects of the platform. Administratively, we like the fact that we can still customize and personalize the exams to better meet the needs of our own institution."

For more information, visit the Cengage site.

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About the author: Rhea Kelly is executive editor for Campus Technology. She can be reached at rkelly@1105media.com.

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