Scores and Reports

SuccessNavigator™ results are reported as Low, Moderate and High. These three score categories actually represent numerical score ranges that are determined by a student's relative position in the test-taker population. Score ranges in a specifically assessed general skill or subskill are as follows:

  • Low category — bottom 25 percent
  • Moderate category — middle 50 percent
  • High category — top 25 percent

High scores indicate more likely probabilities for postsecondary success, while Low scores suggest less likely probabilities for college success across the general skills and subskills.

ETS has included a number of proven and innovative item types that reduce the likelihood of "faking" answers. There are no "right" answers on the test and many items are reverse-scored, meaning that items have been designed to "flag" inconsistencies. For example, one item may read, "Finishing my homework on time is a priority"; meanwhile, the reverse-scored item would read, "Finishing my homework on time is not a priority."

Detailed reports for students, advisors and institutions

The SuccessNavigator assessment provides instant results in three detailed reports:

  • Student Score Report — provides immediate feedback to the student based upon each general skill and subskill. Suggests a number of actions and resources to students based upon these results to support academic success and persistence.
  • Advisor Report — provides the identical student information from the Student Profile, plus Success Indices for Academic and Retention Success and Course Acceleration recommendations. Information about the student — background, educational background and future educational plans — is also included. Can be used by advisors, counselors and faculty.
  • Institution Report — provides aggregate general skills, subskills, Academic and Success indices, and Course Acceleration recommendation data.

Innovative Success Indices

The SuccessNavigator Advisor and Institution Reports contain four Success Indices that are designed to tailor the efforts of advisors, faculty and other staff more effectively by identifying students with a low probability of success and who could benefit from engagement with institutional staff, programs and services.

Success Indices also identify students who are likely to succeed even when traditional indicators suggest otherwise. Each SuccessNavigator score combines various student-assessed characteristics into an indicator that correlates with a particular area of student success. While the same indicators are used across multiple Success Indices, the importance of each score is adjusted to maximize the value of each different Index.

The four Success Indices are:

  • Academic Success Index — refers to a student's predicted GPA in the first year of college. Although a wide range of factors contribute to the Academic Success Index, it is primarily based upon measured academic ability (standardized test scores, high-school GPA) and then classroom-related behaviors. This index is reported to advisors and institutions in low, moderate and high score levels. Additionally, cohort data are provided to institutions to show academic success likelihood across several GPA ranges.
  • Retention Success Index — relates to a student's predicted probability of returning to the institution in the following year. It is comprised of many assessed cognitive and psychosocial factors, but is principally related to the Commitment and Social Support General Skills. This index is reported to advisors and institutions in low, moderate, and high score categories. Additionally, cohort data are provided to institutions to show the likelihood of success across several retention ranges.
  • Course Acceleration Indices — are reported to academic advisors for both Math and English courses and have two score levels: "recommended for acceleration" or "accelerate with caution." This indicator is designed to be used in combination with traditional placement or admission tests to increase the accuracy of course placement decisions. If a student falls within an institutionally determined range of college-level course placement consideration and the Course Placement Index is Recommended, the student is recommended for acceleration into the higher level course, even though placement or admissions test scores might fall below the specifically established criterion. This is because the SuccessNavigator profile suggests that the student possesses the right combination of academic skills, commitment, self-management and social support to make up for assessed deficits in academic preparation.

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