All students who initially did not meet minimum scores on the LSDT, took the JOUR 1010, and afterward met minimum score requirements on the LSDT earned average final grades of"B" and "C" in the gateway media writing course (JOUR 2510).
Of those 100 students who did not meet minimum scores on the LSDT, 55 students (55%) have not yet taken JOUR 1010 and have not been admitted to the gateway course;
Students who took the gateway course after successfully completing the remedial course and passing the LSDT (38) earned grades of "B" and "C" in the gateway course.
An analysis of English course placement indicated that 19 students (21%) who obtained three hours of credit in freshman English (ENGL 1010) based on ACT scores (28-31) passed the LSDT.
Not enough evidence was available to determine the significant effects of successful completion of ENGL 1010 and 1020 on the pass rate of the LSDT.
Specifically, findings from this study indicated that a majority (57%) of those students taking the LSDT did not meet minimum requirements for success.
One of the more important findings was that all students who initially did not meet minimum score requirements on the LSDT, who successfully completed JOUR 1010, and afterward passed the LSDT earned passing grades in the gateway media writing course (JOUR 2510).
The findings, though sketchy, warrant future investigation into the efficacy of diagnostic tests like the LSDT and basic writing skills coursework for journalism majors.