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A standardized, nationally normed assessment program that helps postsecondary institutions assess, evaluate and improve student learning.

CAAP is Retiring in January 2018

Contact Us to Discuss Alternate CAAP Solutions at Your Institution

Don Pitchford, PhD
Program Director | Higher Education
Strategic Partnerships
Phone: 512.569.9822

Timeline showing CAAP retirement dates

ACT CAAP Retirement FAQs

  • Will there be a replacement product from ACT CAAP? No, ACT does not have plans to replace ACT CAAP with another assessment. We offer other solutions that may meet your needs, depending on how your institution uses ACT CAAP.  Contact Don Pitchford at to discuss how your institution has used ACT CAAP in the past to best determine how to proceed.
  • When is the last date I can order ACT CAAP materials? January 19, 2018, is the last day to order ACT CAAP. Orders for those that were previously placed but require additional materials will be fulfilled as able. 
  • When is the last date I can submit materials for scoring? February 1, 2018, is the last day to submit materials for scoring. Any items received after that date will not be scored.
  • When is the last day to place orders for supplemental reporting? The last day to place orders for the supplemental reporting services (Content Analysis, Linkage, Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA) and Custom Norms) will be June 1, 2018. 
  • What do I do if we planned to test in spring 2018? Contact Don Pitchford at to discuss how your institution has used ACT CAAP in the past to best determine how to proceed.

Improve Student Learning on Your Campus

ACT Collegiate Assessement of Academic Proficiency (ACT CAAP) offers six independent test modules, available in the subject areas most commonly covered in postsecondary general education programs. National norms allow you to compare student performance by institution type, student year in school, and institutional ownership. Each test takes about 50 minutes and is designed for convenient in-class administration.

Improving Student Outcomes

An assessment program to help measure student readiness

ACT CAAP helps postsecondary institutions improve learning outcomes for their students in a reliable, convenient, and customizable way.

Features and Benefits

CAAP can be used to:

  • Satisfy accreditation and accountability reporting requirements
  • Measure students' achievement levels on a group and individual basis
  • Compare students' achievement levels with national user norms
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of general education programs
  • Document the performance gain of students' achievement levels over time
  • Analyze what interventions may be necessary to enhance results
  • Determine student eligibility for upper-division studies
  • Advise individual students how to achieve academic success
  • Measure student learning outcomes for Voluntary System of Accountability

Popular Resources

Resources and information on using ACT CAAP for colleges and universities.

Guide to Successful General Education Outcomes Assessment

ACT CAAP can help you to assess, evaluate, and enhance the outcomes of your general education programs.


ACT College Learning Outcomes Assessment Planning Guide

The ACT College Learning Outcomes Assessment Planning Guide is designed to encourage reflection about the context for learning outcomes assessment on your college/university campus.

ACT CAAP Technical Handbook

The unique modular format of ACT CAAP offers you the flexibility to select the assessment components that meet your institution's educational goals and objectives.


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