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National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment


Several tests exist that assess student learning outcomes. Listed here are the most common national tests.

Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP)

Critical Thinking Assessment Test (CAT)

Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA)

Measure of Academic Proficiency and Progress (MAPP)



ETS Proficiency Profile
Formerly known as Measure of Academic Proficiency and Progress (MAPP)


The ETS Proficiency Profile (EPP) assesses general education skills such as critical thinking, reading, writing, and mathmatics and is administered to freshman, sophomores, and upperclassman. The test can be used to assess students and program performance for accreditation and institutional improvement and to compare with other institutions. For a brief overview of the EPP, click here.

Related Articles and Resources

Young, J. W. (2007). Validity of the Measure of academic Proficiency and Progress

(MAPP) test: A summary from ETS. Princeton, NJ: Educational Testing Service.

A brief report by the Center for Validity Research of the Educational Testing Service on the validity of the MAPP, including an overview on test structure, scoring, and construct validity.

Shavelson, R. J. (2007). Assessing student learning responsibly: From history to an

audacious proposal. Change, 39(1),, 26-33.

This article presents a brief overview on learning outcomes and their connection to the Spelling’s Commission and then presents a brief history of learning outcomes by examining different tests (including GRE, CLA, and MAPP).

Pusecker, K. L., Torres, M. R., Crawford, I., Levia, D., Lehman, D., & Copic, G. (2011).

A Comparison of Assessing General Education Goals with Freshmen and Senior Students by implementing the Abbreviated Educational Proficiency Profile compared to the Adapted American Association of Colleges and Universities Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE) Rubrics. Newark, DE: University of Delaware Office of Educational Assessment.

This article examines the use and value of the EPP at the University of Delaware.