Advantages of the Tailwind Program

UW Validation Data

  • Prefer mid-semester/first major assessment scores
  • Characteristics of correctly enrolled students
    • Average half a grade point higher
    • Drop less frequently
    • Continue in discipline longer
    • Higher satisfaction ratings
  • Correlates with other expected outcomes
    • Scores increase as HS units increase
    • Scores decrease with time away from discipline
    • EPT scores correlate strongly with student writing samples

The Tailwind Difference

  • Developed by faculty, for faculty, under the direction of a professional psychometric staff

  • Robust exams are offered in each of the five subject areas

  • English and reading comprehension exams combined into one exam of approximately 100 items resulting in a writing mechanics score, a reading score, and an overall composite score

  • Comprehensive mathematics exam content with 85 items covering math fundamentals, algebra, and trigonometry with three separate scores

  • The ability to easily/quickly add extended time for candidates requiring reasonable accommodations per ADA

  • Convenient ordering and payment choices including pre-pay or post-pay

  • PASS, Castle's proven test engine, has a reliability rate greater than 99.9%

  • Test site security protocols including an accredited proctor training program

  • Castle’s highly responsive support services

  • A client services executive is assigned to every school that chooses to participate with Tailwind Placement Exams


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