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LecticaLive for Admissions examines the fit between your curriculum and the complexity level of students' reasoning skills. It delivers the LRJA (Lectical Reflective Judgment Assessment). The LRJA is a customizable assessment that measures a strong predictor of academic performance—students' ability to use their knowledge to tackle complex real-world issues characterized by multiple variables, diverse perspectives, and competing evidence.
Using LecticaLive for Admissions is easy. We begin with an analysis of the complexity level of curricular content. Then, a subscription manager uploads applicant information and students are invited to take their assessment. Assessments can be taken in your own assessment center or through contracting with an external assessment center.
The figure below shows how easy it is to identify the candidates who are most likely to be a good fit—from the perspective of the complexity of their reasoning skills—for a particular curriculum. In the figure, eight candidates are represented by circles of different colors. The size of the circle represents the range in which a candidate's "true score" is likely to fall. The darker numbers in the score scale on the top represent the desirable score range. Individuals whose scores are represented with teal circles are "in the zone." The gap between thier scores and the complexity level of the curriculum is "just right." Individuals represented by yellow circles have borderline scores, and individuals represented with red circles are out of range.
When interpreting results, it's important to keep in mind that the scores of college students increase, on average, from 5 to 10 points per year. When you admit a student who is performing 10 points below the range set for your curriculum, you are selecting a student who is one or more years behind requirements and who is likely to be on a flatter developmental trajectory than students with higher scores.
You'll notice that students can be underqualified or overqualified for a particular curriculum. Students who are underqualified are likely to struggle with understanding the content of your curriculum. Students who are overqualified may not feel adequately challenged. In the latter case, we recommend frequent check-ins and readily available opportunities for enrichment.
The Curriculum Complexity Analysis involves an examination of the average complexity demands of curricula in a particular domain/discipline and educational level. The table below shows examples of ranges for year 1 programs in different disciplines. Please note: The ranges shown are not representative of programs in the target discipline.
|Discipline||Year 1 Lectical range||Degree|
Lectical Assessments are taken online in secure sessions. If you conduct the assessments under observation, it is virtually impossible for test-takers to cheat. Cheating is difficult for a number of reasons:
The complete elimination of cheating can only be accomplished with the frequent low-stakes assessment of students—tracking growth over long periods. Not only is cheating reduced when stakes are reduced, but incidents of cheating are likely to stand out from a students' overall developmental trajectory.