Higher education assessments

Name Description Publisher
ACAT® (Area Concentration Achievement Tests)The ACAT® assessments are standardized exams measuring student learning outcomes in major fields of higher education study. An extensive range of fields are covered.PACAT® Inc.
AP® (Advanced Placement)AP Exam scores can be used to gain university credit and advanced placement for a range of subjects at tertiary institutions across the globe.The College Board
Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes (AHELO)AHELO will measure a range of generic and discipline-specific knowledge and skills for students in the latter part of an undergraduate degree. 15 countries will be involved in the first instance.OECD
College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) The CLEP provides test-takers with the opportunity to earn college-level subject credits by taking one or more of a possible 33 examinations.The College Board
Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA)The CLA presents students with realistic problem-solving tasks that demand analysis skills and clearly written responses. Scores are used by higher education institutions as a means for evaluating student learning outcomes.Council for Aid to Education
ETS® Proficiency ProfileETS® Proficiency Profile is a single test which assesses critical thinking, reading, writing and mathematics. The test is administered by higher education institutions to provide a general indication of achieved educational outcomes.ETS®
Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment ToolThe Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool provides measures of adult reading, writing and numeracy skills. Instructional interventions are linked to assessment performance, and progress monitoring is also possible. The assessment may be taken as computer-adaptive or in printed form.Tertiary Education Commission, New Zealand
Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)PIACC measures literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills in adult populations in OECD and partner nations.OECD
Rubric Assessment of Information Literacy Skills (RAILS)RAILS provides access to rubrics for assessing various aspects of information literacy in higher education contexts.Institute for Museum and Library Services
Sapling LearningTurnkey approach STEM assessment. Automatically graded content that provides instant feedback to students on why they are incorrect and instant grades to instructors.Sapling Systems Inc.
UExcel® Exams - MAT150 CalculusThe UExcel Calculus exam assesses early undergraduate Calculus knowledge and skills. The exam can be taken for credit towards a number of university degrees.Excelsior College and Pearson
UExcel® Exams - MAT210 StatisticsThe UExcel Statistics exam assesses early undergraduate Statistics knowledge and skills. The exam can be taken for credit towards a number of university degrees.Excelsior College and Pearson
VALUE rubricsThe VALUE rubrics provide quality criteria for evaluating expectations for 15 essential learning outcomes as defined by the AAC&U. The rubrics can be downloaded upon provision of an email address and brief explanation of intended usage.Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE)Cal Poly require that all students seeking graduation first demonstrate a certain level of proficiency in writing. One way to demonstrate this is through the WPE, where students analyse a text and respond in persuasive essay form.California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly)

For a wealth of links to higher education outcomes assessment references, see the Internet Resources for Higher Education Outcomes Assessment website which is maintained by Ephraim Schechter.