A Note to Students

CAAP is a set of standardized tests developed to test core general education skills. There are six CAAP tests: Writing Skills, Reading, Mathematics, Critical Thinking, Science, and Writing Essay. Your school will assess your skills using those tests that are best suited to your course of study.

You're most likely to encounter CAAP when you have completed most of your college's core general education program. The purpose of CAAP is to find out how much you (and your classmates) have learned in one or more of the following areas:

  • Reading
  • Writing Skills
  • Writing Essay
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking

These subject areas most often make up a college's core general education curriculum. Looking at CAAP scores is one way for your college to measure how effective its curriculum is.

Your participation in your school's outcome assessment program can help you understand the quality of your education and help your school understand the success of its programs and improve student learning. CAAP helps your school's faculty determine how well their students compare to other students. The faculty will study the results for students as a group to confirm program strengths and identify areas that need to be strengthened. If students treat the test seriously, your school will be well on its way to measuring success in achievement of general education goals and to identify areas of change.

Your scores will be kept confidential, but CAAP will provide information on your achievement in selected skills, and you will be able to compare your achievement with that of other students at your school. Your test results may give you important insights about success potential in the workplace and for further determining your educational goals. For more information about understanding your CAAP scores please refer to the CAAP Student Score Report Interpretive Guide.

Remember that any test is only a small sample of your skills and may or may not accurately represent your true level of competence. While ACT suggests that an individual's score on this test cannot be taken as a predictor of future accomplishment, the skills CAAP measures are important for functioning in society and for doing additional college work.