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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Below is a list of questions students most frequently as about the General Education Test (GET). If you have additional questions, please call the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment at (573) 681-5194.


Q1.       What is the General Education Test (GET)?

A1.       Lincoln University currently uses the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) Critical Thinking Test as the General Education Test (GET). The CAAP test is a nationally normed, standardized examination designed to measure students' acquired abilities, academic skills and achievement in the general education area. The CAAP test is a 32-item multiple-choice examination that requires approximately one hour for completion. To learn more about the CAAP Critical Thinking Test and view sample questions visit ACT's website.


Q2.       Do I have to take the General Education Test (GET)?

A2.       Yes. Each student pursuing their first Bachelor's degree is required to take the General Education Test (GET) after the successful completion of 75 or more credit hours (including transfer credit). The only exceptions are for students who have already received a baccalaureate degree or who are pursuing an associate's degree.


Q3.       I transferred to LU from another institution. Do I still have to take the General Education Test (GET)?

A3.       Yes. Transfer students are required to take the General Education Test.


Q4.       I took the CAAP test at another institution. Do I have to take it again?

A4.       Students who have already taken the Critical Thinking module of the CAAP and can provide a copy of their score report to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (105-R Young Hall) will not have to take the CAAP again.


Q5.      How will I know when to take the General Education Test (GET)?

A5.       Students will be notified via campus e-mail of this requirement and when to take the GET in the appropriate semester.  Students who receive a notification e-mail must register for the GET. Students may register by completing the registration form sent with the notification e-mail and returning it to 105-R Young Hall or may use the On-Line Registration Form. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to limited seating capacity, it may become necessary to close one or more of the testing sessions should they become full.


Q6.       What do I need to bring to the test?

A6.        You need to bring a photo ID and two No. 2 pencils. Calculators are not required.


Q7.       If I am unsure of an answer, should I guess?

A7.       The test score is based on the total number of questions answered correctly, therefore, there is no penalty for guessing.


Q8.      What happens if I don't finish the test before time is called?

A8.       We strongly encourage you to try to answer all the questions because the test score is based on the total number of questions answered correctly. As previously stated, there is no penalty for guessing.


Q9.      Does my score on the General Education Test (GET) affect my graduation?

A9.       No. Completing the test is a requirement for all students seeking their first bachelor's degree, but there is not a certain test score required. At this time, your test score will not be recorded on your transcript, however, test scores are entered into the student information system and group data is used to help LU assess student learning outcomes.


Q10.    Can I get a copy of my test results?

A10.     Yes. The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment mails the score reports to the students approximately 6-8 weeks after the test date. Students scoring at or above the50th percentile receive a certificate of achievement.


Q11.    What will happen if I don't take the General Education Test (GET)?

A11.     A student who fails to take the General Education Test (GET) during the appropriate semester will be denied permission to register for the succeeding semester or, if in the final semester, will be restricted from graduating until arrangements are made, at the student's expense, to take the examination required.


Q12.    What is the difference between the General Education Test (GET) and the Major Field Test (Senior Exit Exam)?

A12.     The General Education Test (GET) is required of all students pursuing their first bachelor's degree regardless of discipline; all students take the same test. Major Field Tests are discipline specific and each test is different. Some disciplines use nationally normed standardized exams while others use locally developed exams. The General Education Test (GET) is administered by the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. Major Field Tests are administered by the academic departments.