Class of 2021 Senior 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 thinking, creative thinking, oral communication, written communication, and quantitative literacy.

This past spring, DASA Assessment and the Office of Assessment and Accreditation administered a written communication assessment to graduating seniors. The NC State senior competency assessment was administered February 22-March 12, 2021. Eligible graduating seniors were invited by email to complete the assessment on campus. Students also had the option to complete the assessment in-class as part of their coursework.

All assessment data are reported in aggregate and individual student results are confidential. Students’ performance on the assessment will not affect their grades, class standing, or graduation status. NC State faculty and staff will use the data to make decisions to improve student learning in critical and creative thinking for NC State students.


Students who completed the assessment during the first week, February 22-26, were entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card!

Additionally, every student who completes the assessment will be eligible for a drawing in which randomly selected students receive prizes. Prizes for the drawing include:

$50 Wolfpack Outfitters Gift card

Four lucky winners will win a $50 gift card to Wolfpack Outfitters. Use this gift card to purchase your graduation regalia or other alumni needs!

Five $10 and two $25 Amazon gift cards

Go shopping online for all the essentials with this Amazon gift card!

A Free Round of Golf at Lonnie Poole Golf Course

Enjoy a free round on Lonnie Poole’s 18-hole golf course! This course was designed by legendary golfer Arnold Palmer and is home to NC State’s varsity golf teams. Relax after a busy semester at Lonnie Poole!  Thanks to Lonnie Poole for donating this prize!

One $25 and five $10 Wolfpack Outfitters gift cards

Wolfpack Outfitters is NC State's go-to shop for officially licensed merchandise! Enjoy $10 of Wolfpack Outfitters merchandise. Apply your gift card towards graduation announcements, a diploma frame, or your other alumni needs!

Two $25 gift cards to Kabab and Curry

Kabab and Curry is a local favorite! Enjoy $25 worth of food and beverages on takeout orders. Thanks to Kabab and Curry for donating these gift cards!

More Information

NC State uses a scenario-based writing instrument assesses students’ written communication skills. This instrument was developed by a team of NC State faculty led by Dr. Chris Anson. The instrument is untimed and completed online. The assessment asks students to respond to a writing prompt using sources and information provided. Students need an internet connection and a word processing software to complete the assessment. 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. The Office of Assessment & Accreditation and DASA Assessment share 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.