CAAP Test Modules

CAAP offers six independent test modules. Institutions may select those modules that best reflect their mission and the goals and curricula of their general education programs.

The actual testing time of each CAAP test is 40 minutes, allowing convenient administration in the typical 50-minute class period.

CAAP Test Features

  • Multiple forms of each test, ensuring greater security and more retest options.
  • Motivation questions on the objective tests help determine how seriously students took the test.
  • The modular format of CAAP offers institutions the flexibility to select the assessment components that meet their mission, goals, and educational objectives.
  • Content linkages with other ACT programs, including the ACT and COMPASS®, enable strengthened internal analysis for educational change and/or more comprehensive reporting to boards, agencies, and accrediting bodies.

CAAP Scoring

Multiple-Choice Tests

  • For the multiple-choice test modules, a standard score is reported on a scale that ranges from 40 (low) to 80 (high), with a mean of 60 and a standard deviation of approximately 5.
  • Cumulative percents are reported to facilitate comparison of a student's performance with other students who tested at the same school and during the same administration period.
  • A total score is provided for each CAAP exam; in addition, subscores are given for the Writing Skills Test (usage/mechanics and rhetorical skills), the Reading Test (arts/literature and social/natural sciences), and the Mathematics Test (basic and college algebra). Subscores may be helpful in determining a program's strengths and weaknesses more precisely.

Writing Essay Test

  • For the Writing Essay Test, ACT developed a modified holistic scoring system that ranges from 1 to 6 in increments of .5. Each score reflects a student's ability to perform the writing task defined in a prompt—in a timed, first-draft composition.
  • Responses are evaluated according to how well the student formulates a clear assertion on the issues raised in the prompt, supports that assertion with reasons and evidence appropriate to the position taken and the specified concerns of the audience, and develops the argument in a coherent and logical manner.
  • ACT encourages the use of both the Writing Skills and Writing Essay Tests to help institutions obtain maximum information about their students' writing abilities.

Additional Questions—Optional

  • On the answer document (multiple-choice test modules only), there is an area for collecting responses to nine locally developed questions. During the scoring process, ACT will provide frequency distributions of each additional item.

For more detailed information about the test modules, contact ACT to request a CAAP Technical Handbook or see CAAP Reference Materials.