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Learning Outcomes Graduation Requirement

American Public University System requires all undergraduate students to participate in our Learning Outcomes Assessment (LOA) process. This process includes the completion of either the ETS Proficiency Profile (EPP) assessment or the Peregrine General Education (PGE) assessment. Both assessments are designed to measure student learning. LOA results are used 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.

Students are contacted via email within a week of submitting a graduation application with details on how to fulfill the LOA requirement. This will include which assessment the student will need to take as well as step-by-step instructions to complete the online assessment. Students should plan to complete the LOA requirement prior to their intended conferral date. If the LOA requirement has not been met by the conferral date, the student will be moved to the following conferral. APUS will not issue final transcripts or a diploma until this requirement has been completed.

ETS Proficiency Profile (EPP)

The EPP assesses general academic skills, covering three broad areas: Reading/Critical Thinking, Writing, and Mathematics.  Proficiency Profile Sample Questions

The EPP includes 36 multiple-choice questions and must be completed within 40 minutes. All EPP results and data are considered confidential and student scores are not calculated into the student is GPA or considered as part of the student’s academic degree program. Colleges and universities analyze their students’ EPP 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.

For more information on the EPP, please visit the ETS website at

Peregrine General Education (PGE)

The PGE also assesses general academic skills, and contains all multiple-choice questions. Peregrine Academic Services, the higher education division of Peregrine Global Services, provides nationally normed, summative assessment services used by institutions of higher education for internal and external programmatic evaluation. The assessment is customized to best serve the needs of the university. The assessment is used to comprehensively evaluate retained student knowledge associated with the academic degree program’s learning outcomes.

For more information on the PGE, please visit the Peregrine website at