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First-Year Competency Assessment

NC State strives for continuous improvement. Assessment of the General Education Competencies, known as the Pack Proficiencies, helps NC State faculty and staff better understand how to support student learning. The Pack Proficiencies include: critical thinkingcreative thinkingoral communicationwritten communication, and quantitative literacy.

This fall DASA Assessment and the Office of Assessment and Accreditation will administer a critical and creative thinking assessment to students in select Health & Exercise Studies courses.

Find the link in your email to register for a time to complete the assessment August 24-September 7.

Students enrolled in select sections of Health & Exercise Studies courses will complete a critical and creative thinking assessment. Students will register for a date and time to complete the assessment at the DELTA testing center in Cox Hall between August 24 and September 7, 2022. The assessment consists of 15 questions. Students will not have to study or otherwise prepare to complete the assessment. Students will not receive a grade for this assessment. Please consult your syllabus for more information regarding participation.  All assessment data are reported in aggregate and individual student results are confidential.  NC State faculty and staff will use the data to make decisions to improve student learning in critical and creative thinking.


Students who completed the assessment were be eligible for a drawing in which they may be randomly selected to win one of the following prizes: (1) $10 Target gift card, (1) Kabab and Curry restaurant gift card, or one of (2) $10 Wolfpack Outfitters gift cards.

More Information

NC State uses the Critical-thinking Assessment Test (CAT) to assess how students are meeting our stated learning outcomes. The assessment is not timed and is completed on paper with pencil. The assessment consists of mainly short essay questions.

Participation in competency assessment is voluntary but highly encouraged. NC State engages in assessment as a process of reflection and continuous improvement. DASA Assessment shares aggregated data with faculty and staff so that they can make their courses and curricula even better. We additionally report on general education competency assessment to our accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Questions about the Pack Proficiencies or competency assessment may be directed to Samantha Rich ( in DASA Assessment.