For the initial phases of development of the HEIghten Civic Competency and Engagement (CCE) outcomes assessment, 2 prototype studies were conducted along with structured interviews at 3 different U.S. higher education institutions (HEIs). The purpose of these prototypes was to evaluate the viability of new item types and provide preliminary information about the structure of the overall test forms. Results from the first prototype were used to make modifications prior to the second prototype. Additionally, results from both prototypes were ultimately intended to be used to refine the item formats and the content and item specifications, as needed, and to inform the assembly of the pilot forms to be administered in the actual computer-based system to a much larger sample size representing the target test population. Implications and next steps are discussed.