Demonstrate Higher Education Program Effectiveness

The Territorium E-Proficiency Profile (“EPP”) with Official Content by ETS is a general education outcomes assessment of core skills used by higher ed institutions to demonstrate program effectiveness, assessing and demonstrating student learning while optimizing institutional time and resources

E-Proficiency Profile - general education outcomes assessment

Assess and demonstrate student learning while optimizing your time and resources with the Territorium E-Proficiency Profile (EPP) with Official Content by ETS. This general education outcomes assessment measures four core skill areas — reading, writing, mathematics, and critical thinking — in a single efficient, convenient test.

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E-Proficiency Profile Content

Skills Measured

The ETS Proficiency Profile is a test of college-level skills in reading, writing, critical thinking and mathematics designed to measure the academic skills developed through general education courses, rather than the subject knowledge specifically taught in those courses.

All of the subject knowledge required to answer each question is contained in the question itself or the supporting materials that accompany the question.

Sample Questions

Learn more about the skills measured, contexts covered and the difficulty of the questions.

Critical Thinking

College-level reading questions measure students’ ability to:

  • interpret the meaning of key terms
  • recognize the primary purpose of a passage
  • recognize explicitly presented information
  • make appropriate inferences
  • recognize rhetorical devices

College-level writing questions measure students’ ability to:

  • recognize the most grammatically correct revision of a clause, sentence or group of sentences
  • organize units of language for coherence and rhetorical effect
  • recognize and reword figurative language
  • organize elements of writing into larger units of meaning

Critical thinking questions measure students’ ability to:

  • distinguish between rhetoric and argumentation in a piece of nonfiction prose
  • recognize assumptions
  • recognize the best hypothesis to account for information presented
  • infer and interpret a relationship between variables
  • draw valid conclusions based on information presented

Mathematics questions measure students’ ability to:

  • recognize and interpret mathematical terms
  • read and interpret tables and graphs
  • evaluate formulas
  • order and compare large and small numbers
  • interpret ratios, proportions and percentages
  • read scientific measuring instruments
  • recognize and use equivalent mathematical formulas or expressions