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 quantitative literacy assessment to first-year students. Students who complete the assessment through their class will be eligible for the chance to win up to $50 in their choice of an Amazon gift card or All Campus Credits!

The assessment will be held virtually between August 18- 2-September 8. The assessment consists of 25 quantitative literacy 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 quantitative literacy.


Students who complete the assessment will be eligible for a drawing in which 1 randomly selected student will receive $50 and 6 randomly selected students will receive $25. Prize winners can choose to receive these prizes in the form of a digital Amazon gift card, or they can receive All Campus prize money on their Wolfpack One Card which can be spent for any of the following campus services:

Learn more about how All Campus Credits work.

More Information

NC State uses the ETS HEIghten Quantitative Literacy Assessment to assess how students are meeting our stated learning outcomes. The assessment is timed at 45 minutes and is completed online. The assessment consists of multiple choice and numeric entry questions; a calculator is provided within the assessment instrument. 

This assessment will be completed virtually. Students with an accessibility letter should contact Alison Krowiak ( to request an accommodation.

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.