American Sentinel University Launches Online Learning Readiness Test

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Tool Gauges Skills, Technical Proficiencies of Distance Learning Students

American Sentinel University and are providing a tool enabling prospective distance learning students to measure their readiness and capacity for online study. Just in time for back-to-school season, this test, called READI - Readiness for Education At a Distance Indicator, is an impartial distance learning assessment available to all prospective adult students at no cost.

"Succeeding in an online university environment requires a different set of skills than in a traditional campus-based setting," said Richard Oliver, Ph.D., CEO of American Sentinel University, an accredited online school that provides advanced degree programs for professionals.

"The READI test offers a neutral opportunity for prospective students to honestly measure their self-motivation, time management skills, availability and perseverance before they begin an online degree program."

READI is a patent-pending, Web-based, 105-item assessment measuring a prospect's learning style, technical skills, on-screen reading rate and recall as well as typing speed and accuracy.

"There are no right or wrong answers with READI," said Dr. Mac Adkins, CEO of, developer of the READI test software. "A sequence of activities measures skills and individual attributes, then provides an immediate, in-depth diagnostic interpretation of the results."

University personnel can help prospective students interpret the results and suggest resources for improving any deficient skills.

About American Sentinel University
Founded as a Vanderbilt University Technology Company, American Sentinel University delivers the competitive advantages of unique online education programs focused on the needs of high-growth sectors. The university is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council. The Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Board of Commissioners will vote on American Sentinel's application for nursing accreditation during its semi-annual meeting Oct. 1-3, 2009. For more information, visit

READI (Readiness for Education At a Distance Indicator) is an online assessment which measures a student's level of readiness to study online. It serves as a diagnostic tool to help the student and the school find ways to ensure a strong experience with online courses. READI is provided by eLearningToolBox, which is a subsidiary of DECADE Consulting, LLC, a privately owned corporation based in Montgomery, AL.

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