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Explanation assessment

Explanation assessment

Saxion University of Applied Sciences  uses an intake assessment by StudiePitch in order to conduct an intake. StudiePitch is an external platform that Saxion uses to ensure the security of the participants’ privacy . In the text below you will find more information about the content of the intake assessment.

Why am I invited for an assessment?
Through this platform, we as Saxion, are giving you the opportunity to conduct your intake assessment. The results of the intake-assessment offer clarification on the possibilities and challenges that you can expect for this particular degree programme. These results will be saved in StudiePitch. The results will be discussed with you during the intake interview. Various studies have shown that to successfully complete a study, not only intellectual abilities are important but, in fact, the key to success is the combination of these abilities combined with factors such as personality, motivation and social circumstances.

The assessment is not intended to be a means of selection but as an opportunity for the student and the programme to become acquainted. Who am I? And what are my possibilities regarding the skill-set that is required for the programme? Am I a good fit for the programme and is the programme a good fit me? 

StudiePitch provides insight into what extent your knowledge and skills meet the degree programme requirements . It also highlights your motivation and personal characteristics. In addition, StudiePitch addresses other potential issues such as personal circumstances, any disabilities or learning difficulties and your perception of the course programme and the corresponding work field. 

Sections of the assessment
For each programme, the assessment consists of various sections and themes. In the assessment, you may discuss some of the following themes:
  • Generic study questions
  • Skills (more information about these types of questions in this section can be found later in this text)
  • Personality
  • Programme-specific questions and assignments
The assessment will be created individually for each programme. However, these assessments may have some of the same sections. Each section consists of multiple questions. Various types of questions are used. You will find open-ended and closed questions, statements, pictures and various sorts of multiple-choice questions. Some questions have a time limit. The  skills and personality sections cover more than one theme.

How long will the assessment take?
Because the assessment is specifically created for each programme, the time you will spend on the assessment will not only differ per person but also per programme. Please take into account that you will probably spend about 45 minutes on the assessment. For this period of time, please find a place where you can sit quietly with as little distraction as possible.

Why should I answer questions that seem unrelated to the degree programme?
The questions of the theme Personality have low face validity. You may wonder what  the point is of these questions. These questions are asked to avoid socially desirable answers. However, research has shown that these questions are indeed reliable and valid, and, can reasonably predict study success. The items in Skills and also in programme-specific questions are often recognised as relevant, but appear to say less about your chances for educational success.

What does a scale show?
After concluding the assessment, you will see the results page. On this page, you will see how you  scored for each section. A scale shows the percentage per section of how well you performed (such as skills), or what percentage you scored on measured personality aspects (such as accuracy). The latter indicates how strong a certain personality aspect is present. The results provide a meaningful tool for discussion with the programme; Your intake advice will be based on a combination of the results of the assessment and the interview. 

I am not able to  open the assessment. What should I do?
Contact the programme for which you would like to conduct the assessment.

My computer crashed while conducting the assessment. What should I do?
The questions that were answered have been saved. You can log on again using another computer and continue where you left off. If this still does not work, please contact the programme for which you were conducting the assessment.

I have already conducted an intake assessment at Saxion. I am now going to do an intake for another programme. Must I conduct the assessment once again?
The assessment is set up separately for each programme. The sections ‘skills’ (‘language/reasoning’) and ‘personality’, however, are the same for many programmes. You will not have to answer the same questions twice. However, you will have questions that are different. You will always have to answer questions regarding the selection process and views of the programme and the profession.

More information on types of questions
Spelling
You must point out which words are spelled incorrectly in 18 sentences. This is to test spelling skills. This part calls upon the skills which have systematically been taught at school.

Arithmetic
For this part of the test you must answer 20 varied mathematical questions, each with 5 alternative answers. In addition to insight in mathematical connections, it also involves routine skills in working with numbers and control over various mathematical operations. This part measures, among other things, the ability to solve sums and the interpretation of (learning to interpret) tables and graphs.

Logical sequences
This part consists of 12 cases in which the student must indicate which of the four conclusions is the logical result of the case in question. This is to test the ability to use logic and reasoning and to draw logical conclusions. 

Logical reasoning This part consists of 8 tasks in which you must find the connection between words, herein the vocabulary is not tested but the ability to link the connections between words. It is about abstract reasoning with ideas. In practical terms this means being able to understand what is generally being said, to be able to detect the main issues and to have a problem-solving approach.

Research 
Saxion is continuously conducting research in order to improve the tool as well as its service but also to monitor the relevance of them (participation and results) in combination with the educational success. The follow-up research is conducted with anonymised data. Therefore, they cannot be traced back to the participant.

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