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Learning Outcomes Assessment FAQ

 


What is Learning Outcomes Assessment?

Degree-seeking students at American Public University System are required to participate in our Learning Outcomes Assessment (LOA) process. LOAs include the ETS Proficiency Profile (EPP) and the ETS Major Field Test (MFT) which are both assessments designed to measure student learning. Our students' LOA results are confidential. The results are not calculated into the student’s GPA or considered as part of the student’s academic degree program. LOA results are used only to inform the University System of student performance in designated fields so that areas for improvement can be identified within specific APUS academic programs and/or courses.

Who is required to complete the Learning Outcomes Assessment?

There are two separate LOAs, the ETS Proficiency Profile (EPP) and the ETS Major Field Test (MFT). Detailed information about each assessment and who needs to complete them is located on the Graduation Requirements page.

What subject matter is covered in these assessments?

The ETS Proficiency Profile (EPP) is an assessment of general academic skills which includes materials typically covered in the “General Education” portion of an undergraduate degree program.

The ETS Major Field Test (MFT) is administered at the end of subject-specific programs to assess the student’s mastery of concepts, principles, and knowledge within his/her “major field."

What is the purpose of the Learning Outcomes Assessment?

Colleges and universities analyze their students’ EPP and MFT results to identify areas where they can improve the quality of instruction and learning by making changes to the curriculum and/or general education requirements, or to specific programs of study.

How long are these assessments?

The ETS Proficiency Profile (EPP) includes 36 multiple-choice questions and must be completed within 40 minutes.

The ETS Major Field Test (MFT) contains two sections of multiple choice questions and must be completed in two hours (two 1-hour sessions).

When should I take the assessment(s)?

Both the ETS Proficiency Profile (EPP) and the ETS Major Field Test (MFT) should be taken at the end of a student’s program after s/he submits a Graduation Application.

Is there a fee for the assessments?

No. There is no fee or cost for completing the Learning Outcomes Assessment. The university covers the cost of the assessment materials.

How will I be notified of my LOA requirement?

Students who are required to complete an LOA will be notified by email within a week of submitting their online Graduation Application.

Can I complete the Learning Outcomes Assessment online?

Both the ETS Proficiency Profile (EPP) and the ETS Major Field Test (MFT) can be completed using a secure online environment.

Are there study materials available for the Learning Outcomes Assessment?

Because APUS uses the LOA process to measure the learning of our students within our specific courses and programs, there are no study materials. Students who would like to know more about the content of the assessment(s) can view some sample questions on the “Graduation Requirement” area of our website for some sample questions.

Is a proctor required?

Yes, a proctor is required for the administering of all Learning Outcomes Assessments. A proctor maintains the security of the LOA process and ensures that the assessment results are valid. An LOA proctor must meet the requirements outlined on the Student Process. S/he also must comply with and follow the proctor instructions and assessment procedures that are outlined in the instructions that are sent to him/her.

What happens once I submit my proctor information?

For detailed information on the LOA process, please visit “Student Process”.

How will I find out my assessment score(s)?

Upon completion of the ETS Proficiency Profile (EPP) and/or the ETS Major Field Test (MFT), your score(s) will be posted on the screen following the completion of the assessment.

Will I receive a grade for this test?

No, there are no grades for LOAs. The LOAs are designed to measure student learning but are not graded or included in the student’s final GPA or considered a part of the student’s academic performance. All results are confidential and used only to inform the University System of performance in a given subject area.

Is the LOA test the same as the Comprehensive Exam?

No, APUS uses the Learning Outcomes Assessment (LOA) to measure our students learning. The results are not calculated into a student’s grade point average or considered a part of the student’s academic performance.

The Comprehensive Exam, in contrast, is a specific review of key concepts, theories, and knowledge skill sets through various means, which may include practice questions, consultation of texts, peer discussions, and other methods. It is included as part of the student’s academic performance.

What happens if I do not complete the Learning Outcomes Assessment?

Students who are required to participate in the LOA requirement and do not complete their assessment will not receive diplomas or official transcripts conferring their degree.

Can I request a waiver for the Learning Outcomes Assessment?

If you feel that you have an extreme circumstance which prevents you from completing your LOA requirement, please email the Assessment Office at LOA@apus.edu. Your request will be forwarded and reviewed by a Learning Outcomes Assessment Specialist for approval/denial. Any LOA waiver must be approved by a Learning Outcomes Assessment Specialist and must include proper documentation.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions?

Questions about the LOA process can be sent to the Assessment Office at LOA@apus.edu or 304-885-5460.

Contact Us

 

Christina Dryden

 

Christina Dryden, Ph.D.

Director, Assessment

 

304.885.5454