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The Importance of the CAAP Exams

Updated on January 18, 2012

How to Prepare and What Your Scores Mean

ACT, Inc. creates the CAAP exams. These Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency tests are used by colleges to assess the learning levels of their college students in certain core areas like math and writing skills.

The CAAP tests are comprised of the following individual subjects: Reading, Writing Skills, Writing Essay, Science, Math, and Critical Thinking.

Unlike most standardized exams, the CAAP tests do not really mean much to the student as far as admissions or placement. Rather, they give the college an idea of the progress of their own students as a whole. However, when you take a CAAP exam, you will receive a score report.

Using your score report can give you an idea of how you are progressing in general in your college studies. For example, if you think you may want to go to law school, you need very high skill levels for Writing Skills, Writing Essay and Critical Thinking. But if you are contemplating being a CPA, then obviously you want to gauge your progress in Mathematics more than the other subjects.

ACT provides a CAAP Student Score Report Interpretive Guide to assist you in understanding your individual scores. You can click the link below to access that guide.

While it is not necessary to score well on your CAAP's, some preparation may assist you in determining your accurate skill level at the time of the test. There are no special guides for this, but college-level textbooks in the general courses you have already taken in school may assist you in preparing for the exams. Taking literature classes, any advanced English classes and courses like creative writing may help you in doing better on these exams.

Taking a variety of general science courses and reviewing with those textbooks may also assist you in preparing. This is especially true for biology, chemistry and physics.

No matter how well you do on the CAAP exams, the importance in taking these kinds of evaluations and attending college in general is to discover your desired path in life. These tests may help you determine what you are naturally good at and help you decide your future educational and career goals.


CAAP Exam Student Score Report Interpretive Guide

ACT CAAP Test Guide for Students


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      Apathy Man 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for the info, I am on break about to start the next section of this damn test, after reading this the essay portion is about to get a little more "creative".

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      6 years ago

      Just took this exam at a community college. What a waste of time. It had more Physics questions than anything in the Science section, and physics is not required for my Associate. I had to spend 5hours of my time, for the college? I should have been paid for my time, since it is of no real benefit to me. IMO.


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