Listed below are the descriptive statistics for the overall score on each student's EMPT test.
Table 2 illustrates the split in remediation rates between students who do and do not pass the NC EMPT. Note that the rate of remedial course participants is 4 times higher in the group that does NOT pass the EMPT.
Among the 316 EMPT Passers, 236 (75%) passed the remedial course the first time they took the course.
Table 3 below illustrates the college algebra failure rates between those who did and did not pass the EMPT (Fisher's Exact p < 0.0001).
Among those that fail the EMPT, the overall fail rate of college algebra was roughly 18% regardless of whether a student enrolled in and completed a remedial math course.
Among those who enroll in college algebra and in terms of those eventually passing college algebra and moving on to other studies, 95% of those who pass the EMPT eventually pass college algebra while only 90% of those that fail the EMPT eventually pass college algebra.
It is important to note that the eventual pass rate of remedial math is the same between NC EMPT pass groups who eventually enroll in remedial math.
Measuring the six year graduation rates, we find no significant difference in the overall graduation rates between groups with 305 (54.7%) individuals who didn't pass EMPT graduating versus 1771 (58.9%) EMPT passers graduating (Fisher's Exact p=0.06).
This study indicates that those students that fail the NC EMPT seem to be more likely to perform poorly in college-level mathematics.