Diagnostic Assessment Tests

an Accelerator for eTransfers program activity

Check your knowledge on topics learned from courses taken at your previous institution.  After a year of virtual classrooms and P/NP grading options, the Diagnostic Tests are your way of knowing that you have the foundation required to succeed in your first year at UCLA.

June 10, 2022 – Deadline to complete Diagnostic Assessment Tests (before summer session A begins).

Purpose


History tells us that gaps in learning and preparation exist as transfer students transition their learning from their current institution to any four year institution.  At UCLA Engineering, we have established a series of Diagnostic Assessments that test student’s knowledge and comprehension of topics covered in classes taken at their previous institution.  The goal would be to provide incoming transfers with an assessment of their knowledge and identify any weaknesses in course topics and offer resources to brush-up on these concepts over the summer.

Testimony from previous eTransfers:

“I was lost in my CS 32 course.  I ended up dropping the class and auditing CS 31, a class I already took at my previous institution.  We spent two lectures on a topic that we spent 20 minutes on at my previous institution.” ~Computer Science Transfer Student in 2018.

“My ECE 102 course was difficult because I took Math 33A & B a year ago. I had to spend time brushing up on my differential equations before being able to apply it on problem sets in class.  I seem to spend all my weekends and breaks between terms trying to relearn concepts that are necessary for the classes I am taking.” ~Electrical Engineering Transfer Student in 2020. 

Testimony from previous Accelerator participants:

“I took my coding class over a year ago and haven’t coded since.  Participating in Classroom Boot Camp gave me a really good refresher for my first year at UCLA.”  Accelerator (previously called the Transfer Bridge program) participant in 2020. 

Assessments


The Diagnostic Assessment tests are available only to students who have previously taken and received credit for the equivalence of the UCLA courses below.  Incoming students who have taken the equivalent of the UCLA engineering course should take the corresponding Diagnostic Assessment test.  Please check assist.org for articulation agreements for equivalent courses.

Diagnostic tests are available in the following subjects:

UCLA’s CS 31 (C++),
UCLA’s CS 32,
UCLA’s M20 (Matlab)
UCLA’s ECE 10 (Circuits)
Math 33A (Linear Algebra)*
Math 33B (Differential Equations)*
*All eTransfers should have taken these courses and should take the Diagnostic Assessment. 

THESE TESTS ARE NOT DESIGNED TO AWARD YOU CREDIT. They are for gaining an understanding of your core proficiency in order for us to address any gaps in learning and preparation needed prior to taking subsequent courses at UCLA Engineering.

Based on the results from the assessments, students have elected to self-study using our zyBooks Course Refresher online textbook, pulling out their notes and textbook from the course they took, or auditing a summer session course if they are weak in more than 1/3 the course content.  Information on the zyBooks Course Refresher textbook will be provided at the How to Spend your Summer info-session on June 8, 2022. Students who took a Diagnostic Test with results that show weakness in 1/3 course content or more and are interested in auditing a summer session course should contact the Engineering Transfer Center Director at wuehara@seas.ucla.edu by Friday, June 10, 2022.

There is no fee for taking the tests.  We recommend all incoming eTransfers take the relevant assessment for any class they took at their previous institution.

Participant fee: $0 (Open and free to all incoming eTransfer students)

Interpreting your Diagnostic Assessment results

What do I do once I receive my scores?


You will be able to view your results from your Diagnostic Assessment tests once you submit it.  You will then need to decide how to spend the summer brushing up on content from these courses if it is needed.

Based on the results from the assessments, students have elected to:

  1. Self-study using our zyBooks Course Refresher online textbook,
  2. Self-study by pulling out their notes and textbook from the course they took,
  3. Auditing a summer session course if they are weak in more than 1/3 the course content. 

Students who took a Diagnostic Test with results that show weakness in 1/3 course content or more and are interested in auditing a summer session course should contact the Engineering Transfer Center Director at wuehara@seas.ucla.edu with your name, UID, and the course you are wishing to audit by Friday, June 10, 2022. 

Please note that a request does not guaranty an offer to audit the course.  Consideration will only be given to those who take the Diagnostic Assessment and for only courses associated with our Diagnostic Assessments.

Students will be able to take a 2nd Diagnostic Test at the end of the summer to check progress on strengthening their proficiency. 

After the Diagnostic Assessment Tests, the Engineering Transfer Center staff will provide you with recommendations based on your results.  This might be:

1. You’re great, no extra work is needed,

2. Enroll in our Course Refresher to work with other eTransfers and mentors to brush up on areas of weakness identified by the assessments.  The Course Refresher is a way for eTransfers to bridge any gaps in their learning identified through the assessments.  Our upper-division engineering mentors will meet with you weekly and help you prepare for the re-assessment scheduled at the end of the program on August 16, 2021.  You can read more about the Course Refresher program and associated fees on our website: https://etransfercenter.seas.ucla.edu/accelerator2021/.

3. Summer session – for some, taking a summer session class is important to making degree progress in year 1.

4. Accelerator activities.

5. A combination of the aforementioned.

eTransfers that complete a Diagnostic Assessment test will receive an email, inviting them to register for a group Summer Planning session to identify the Accelerator and Summer Session activities that you could elect to participate in over the summer.  30 minute group Summer Planning sessions will begin on Monday, June 14 – Thursday, June 17, 2021 (in time for the Summer Session A deadline).

Recommendations made at the Summer Planning sessions are NOT requirements and are not necessary for you to participate in Accelerator activities except the Course Refresher program. 

Registration Fee


$0 Registration Fee.  Free and open to all incoming engineering transfer students!  The fees for the Diagnostic Assessments are being supported through a grant awarded by the Office of Naval Research.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


 

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Who should take the Diagnostic Tests?

We recommend all incoming engineering transfers to take the Diagnostic Test for any courses they have previously taken.  All students should have taken Linear Algebra and can, at minimum, take the Math assessment.

What Diagnostic Assessment test should I take?

All incoming UCLA Engineering Transfer students should take the Math (Linear Algebra) assessment test.  Additionally, we highly-recommend students to take any assessment tests available for course topics that you took previously.

What is a Summer Plan and when will I be contacted?

Engineering Transfer Center staff will look at the results of your Diagnostic Assessment Tests to see if there are any areas of weaknesses you should spend time over the summer addressing.   Some of you may need to take a summer course based on the results of the assessments and your major. Our goal is to provide some guidance on what you might be able to accomplish over the summer and make sure you don’t over-commit.

The ETC staff will contact you starting Friday, June 11, 2021 and through Thursday, June 17, 2021.

What is the difference between Course Refresher & Classroom Boot Camp?

Course Refresher – will help you to ‘brush-up’ on content you learned in a class that you already took.  Topics are aligned with the Diagnostic Assessment tests and are designed to address any weaknesses identified through the results of your assessments.  Participants will work with undergraduate mentors and other eTransfers to prepare to re-take the Diagnostic Assessment test at the end of Course Refresher.

Classroom Boot Camp – offers incoming eTransfers the opportunity to pre-learn content from CS 32 or M20.  Participants will attend lecture and discussion sessions to get a feel for the rigor and structure of a UCLA Engineering classroom.  Participants in the CS 32 Boot Camp must have taken and received credit for the equivalent of CS 31.  Those needing to take CS 32 or 33 are welcome to register for the CS 32 Boot Camp.  Students that don’t need to take CS 32 are welcome to register for the Matlab Boot Camp.

Will I receive course credit for completing a Diagnostic Test?

No.  The Diagnostic Assessment Test will provide students with feedback on their understanding of course concepts only.  Accelerator does NOT offer any experiences that award class credit.

Does my performance on the Diagnostic Assessment Tests impact the courses I am able to register for?

No.  The Diagnostic Assessment Tests are to help incoming students check their proficiency only.  It does not impact your ability to register for classes.

Are there any fees to take the tests?

No.  There are no fees to take the Diagnostic Assessment Tests and Summer Planning. 

I am NOT a Fall 2021 incoming transfer student. Can I take the assessment tests.

No. Unfortunately we are only able to provide support to process scores and make recommendations to Fall 2021 incoming transfer students.  We are hoping to broaden the community that is able to use this resource in future years.

Accessing the Diagnostic Assessment Tests

Please start by completing the Incoming Engineering Transfer Student Survey.  This will provide us with valuable information on our incoming eTransfer class and how we might better support you through your first year.

Once you complete the survey (see link above), then continue to the Diagnostic Assessment Tests.  Incoming engineering transfers are encouraged to take all assessments available for courses you have previously taken.  PLEASE DO NOT STUDY FOR THESE ASSESSMENTS OR REVIEW CONTENT WHILE TAKING THE ACCESSMENT.  The goal is to see your current knowledge and ability.

In 2021, we are offering Diagnostic Assessment tests for the following topics (click the title to access the test):

UCLA CS 31 (C++) Diagnostic Assessment Test
If you have taken the equivalent of UCLA’s CS 31 course.  Please check assist.org (in-state) or Transferology (out-of-state) for articulation agreements between your college and UCLA. 

UCLA CS 32 (C++) Diagnostic Assessment Test
If you have taken the equivalent of UCLA’s CS 32 course.  Please check assist.org (in-state) or Transferology (out-of-state) for articulation agreements between your college and UCLA. 

UCLA ECE 10 (Circuits) Diagnostic Assessment Test
If you have taken the equivalent of UCLA’s ECE 10 course.  Please check assist.org (in-state) or Transferology (out-of-state) for articulation agreements between your college and UCLA. 

UCLA MAE or CEE M20 (Matlab) Diagnostic Assessment Test
If you have taken the equivalent of UCLA’s M20 course.  Please check assist.org (in-state) or Transferology (out-of-state) for articulation agreements between your college and UCLA. 

UCLA MATH 33A (Linear Algebra) Diagnostic Assessment Test
If you have taken the equivalent of UCLA’s MATH 33A course.  Please check assist.org (in-state) or Transferology (out-of-state) for articulation agreements between your college and UCLA. 

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Tracking your submissions

Below is a link to the submission tracker. You can find your scores by looking for your initials and the “month / day” of your birthday in the “Student Code” column. For example, if a student has the name “Joe Bruin” and their birthday is “5/23/1919” then their student code will be “JB – 5/23.”

Submission tracker: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1NWEkCZ00YRZKpnXNLAK6fRp_ZEvOOfxI9BRYTQ9f7Y8/edit?usp=sharing

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Please contact the Engineering Transfer Center (etransfercenter@hsseas.ucla.edu) with any questions or issues you experience with the Diagnostic Assessments.