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ACT CAAP (Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency)

Year Introduced



The ACT Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) is a standardized, nationally normed assessment program that enables postsecondary institutions to assess, evaluate, and enhance student learning outcomes and general education program outcomes.

ACT 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 (Critical Thinking and Writing Essay)

Intended Users

Postsecondary institutions—typically institutional researchers, assessment and institutional effectiveness officers, academic provosts, general education and accreditation chairs

Volume/Number of Users

Used by more than 275 two-year and four-year colleges and universities.

Additional Facts

ACT CAAP brings the following benefits to general education outcomes assessment programs:

  • Reliability: ACT CAAP is a national, standardized assessment program based on professional research and development by ACT.
  • Customization: ACT CAAP offers six independent test modules. Institutions can customize their assessment program by selecting those modules that best reflect their mission and the goals and curricula of their general education programs. Up to nine local questions can be added to each test module for detailed local information.
  • Convenience: There are no national test dates with ACT CAAP. Institutions determine when to administer the ACT CAAP assessments on their campuses.

Once testing has been completed, an institution returns the tests to ACT for scoring and reporting.