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HEIghten® Pilot Opportunities

Pilot recruitment for the HEIghten® Civic Competency & Engagement and Intercultural Competency & Diversity modules has ended.

The pilot and field tests will be conducted in 2017. To receive updates on these assessments, including when they will be available for purchase, contact an ETS Advisor.

About the Tests

HEIghten Civic Competency & Engagement

The Civic Competency & Engagement assessment will address two major areas:

  • Civic competency, which includes civic knowledge, analytic skills and participatory or involvement skills
  • Civic engagement, which captures civic attitudes including efficacy and democratic norms and values, and civic participation and activities.

Item formats on this computer-delivered assessment include drop-down menu, Likert-type, multiple-selection multiple choice, single-selection multiple choice and situational judgment.

The ETS Research Report Assessing Civic Competency and Engagement in Higher Education: Research Background, Frameworks, and Directions for Next-Generation Assessment explains the operational definition and assessment considerations for this assessment.

HEIghten Intercultural Competency & Diversity

The Intercultural Competency & Diversity assessment plans to measure three areas including:

  • Approach (e.g., tolerance for ambiguity, cross-cultural self-efficacy and positive cultural orientation)
  • Analyze (e.g., self-awareness, social monitoring, perspective taking/suspending judgment and cultural knowledge application)
  • Act (e.g., emotional regulation and behavior regulation)

Item formats on this computer-delivered assessment include Likert-type, single-selection multiple choice, and multiple-selection multiple-choice items. The multiple-choice items include discrete items and item sets within situational-judgment tasks.

The ETS Research Report Assessing Intercultural Competence in Higher Education: Existing Research and Future Directions explains the operational definition and assessment considerations for this assessment.