The iSkills™ Assessment
ETS has a long history of effectively helping institutions satisfy accreditation requirements and measure student performance. And, as the conversations around student learning outcomes and the shifting higher education landscape continue, it is important to work with a market leader who can provide valid and reliable data now and position you for the future.
Get the Valid, Actionable Data You Need to Demonstrate Critical Thinking in a Digital Environment
Your students need essential digital skills for the 21st century. You need an assessment that can measure and demonstrate student ability while optimizing your time and resources. The iSkills™ assessment from ETS is an outcomes-based assessment that measures the ability to think critically in a digital environment through a range of real-world tasks. This one-hour exam:
- Features real-time, scenario-based tasks that measure an individual's ability to navigate, understand and critically evaluate the variety of information available through digital technology
- Tasks mirror the way individuals use information in academic, business and personal contexts
- Test content is balanced among the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, practical affairs and popular culture
- Delivers individual and group data for multiple uses, that can help you:
- Meet information literacy and digital fluency requirements for accreditation and accountability initiatives and performance funding
- Demonstrate program effectiveness
- Enhance and develop curriculum
- Evaluate students and make better placement decisions
- Helps motivate students to participate and perform well on the assessment by allowing your students to earn a Certificate of Achievement based on their performance
- Can also be used for placement and opt-out coursework, and to help identify when interventions are needed for students
Developed with the assistance of leaders from both two and four-year colleges, the iSkills assessment requires students to demonstrate their ability to synthesize many different types of data and make sound judgments about what's accurate, relevant and useful. The assessment gauges how well students:
- Evaluate the usefulness and sufficiency of information for a specific purpose
- Create, generate or adapt information to express and support a point
- Communicate information to a particular audience or in a different medium
- Define an information problem or formulate a research statement
- Access, summarize and integrate information from a variety of digital sources
The Seismic Shift Beyond Accreditation To Multiple Stakeholder Accountability (Flash)
Sponsored by ETS and hosted by The Chronicle of Higher Education, this webinar focuses on how institutions are addressing the role of student learning outcomes in institutional success as it shifts beyond accreditation to larger accountability discussions.
View Accreditation and Student Learning Content Booklet
Sponsored by ETS and developed by Inside Higher Ed, this compilation of articles and opinion essays discusses the role of accreditation as it relates to student learning outcomes and how it has evolved.
Focused on the Needs of Today’s Institutions
Certificates of Achievement — New for 2013!
Recently published ETS research confirms that students' motivation in taking learning outcomes assessments has a significant impact on their test performance. In order to help you motivate students to perform their best and increase participation, ETS has introduced performance-level certificates for the iSkills assessment. These new certificates should provide students with motivation to do well, which ultimately helps institutions to better position themselves for accreditation and performance funding. Plus, students will have this electronic certificate for unlimited sharing in academia and beyond.
When and Where Do Students Take the Exam?
There are no preset test administration dates. Testing is conducted at your convenience. The test is administered in a proctored environment on a computer employing the iSkills assessment secure browser.
Additional Administration Options — Coming Soon
Currently, the proctored test can be administered on-campus by your staff. Soon you will also be able to administer the assessment using a proctored off-campus method. This newly introduced option to use off-campus testing will provide institutions with even more flexibility to securely test remote students or students studying with online courses.
For more information, review the Systems Requirements.
For more information about the iSkills assessment, contact an ETS advisor at 1-800-745-0269 or contact an ETS Advisor. ETS Advisors are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. ET.