What is CAAP?
CAAP, Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency, is a set of standardized tests developed to test college skills at or near the end of two years of college. The WSU College of Education uses scores on the tests to assist in determining admission into the Teacher Education program. The tests include: Writing Skills, Writing Essay, Reading, Mathematics, and Critical Thinking. Each test is 40 minutes in length with approximately 10 minutes needed to complete biographical information.
- WRITING SKILLS - This 72-item test measures the student's understanding of the conventions of standard written English in punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, strategy, organization, and style. The test consists of six prose passages, each of which is accompanied by a set of 12 multiple-choice test items. A range of passage types is used to provide a variety of rhetorical situations. The student must decide which response is most appropriate.
- WRITING ESSAY - This test consists of two parts of 20 minutes each. An essay must be written on both parts in order for a score to be received. Each of the two 20-minute writing tasks is defined by a short prompt that identifies a specific hypothetical situation and audience. The situation involves an issue on which you must make a decision. The student then takes a position and explains why the position taken is the better (or best) alternative. The background knowledge and experience required to carry out the task are well within the command of college sophomores.
- MATHEMATICS - This 35-item test measures mathematical reasoning ability. It assesses the ability to solve mathematical problems encountered in many post-secondary curricula. It emphasizes quantitative reasoning rather than the memorization of formulas. The content areas tested include pre-elementary, intermediate and advanced algebra, coordinate geometry, trigonometry, and introductory calculus.
- READING - This 36-item test measures reading comprehension as a product of skill in referring, reasoning, and generalizing. The test items require the student to derive meaning from several tests by: 1) referring to what is explicitly stated; 2) reasoning to determine implicit meanings; and 3) drawing conclusions, comparisons, and generalizations beyond the test. The test consists of four prose passages of about 900 words each that are representative of the level and kinds of writing commonly found in college curricula. Passages are selected from prose fiction, the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. Each passage is accompanied by a set of nine multiple choice test items.
- CRITICAL THINKING - This 32-item test measures the ability to clarify, analyze, evaluate, and extend arguments. An argument is defined as a sequence of statements which includes a claim that one of the statements, the conclusion, follows from the other statements. The test consists of four passages that are representative of the kinds of issues commonly encountered in a post-secondary curriculum. The passage typically presents a series of sub-arguments in support of a more general conclusion. Each passage presents one or more arguments and uses a variety of formats, including case studies, debates, dialogues, overlapping positions, statistical arguments, experimental results, or editorials. Each passage is accompanied by a set of multiple-choice questions.