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General Education Assessment Program
General Education Assessment Policy
The Faculty Senate University Assessment Council (FSUAC), along with the Provost, the Faculty Senate, and the General Education Program Review Committee, has approved the General Education Assessment Policy.
The General Education Assessment (GEA) tests for critical thinking and intellectual skills. The GEA exam is a computer-based, multiple-choice exam that measures four core intellectual skill areas – critical thinking, reading, writing, and mathematics.
What score is required on the General Education Assessment (GEA - EPP) to fulfill the Policy?
To fulfill the General Education Assessment Policy as a condition for graduation, students must earn a minimum total score of 425. This score is based on a scaled score range of 400-500. Test scores are available immediately after testing. A period of 30 days must elapse between test dates.
When should the General Education Assessment exam be taken?
To avoid delays in progression towards a degree, students should take the GEA exam as soon as they have earned a total of 45 or more credit hours. All UCM students who have earned a total of 45 or more credit hours will receive a personal message on MyCentral directing them to take the GEA exam. This policy applies to all degree programs, regardless of mode of delivery.
Is there a consequence for not testing?
Yes! Students who have earned a total of 45 or more credit hours and who fail to test will have a TC HOLD placed on the students’ academic account. The TC HOLD will prevent students from enrolling in future semester courses.
When will the TC HOLD be removed?
The TC HOLD will be removed AFTER the GEA exam has been taken.
How should students prepare for the exam?
No specific general education courses need to be taken prior to testing. However, students are advised to take general education courses during their first 45 hours of credit. GEA Measures of Proficiency and Sample Questions are available on MyCentral (Student Services tab).
When do students have to pass the General Education Assessment (GEA)?
Students must pass the GEA no later than the semester in which they have earned a total of 75 or more credit hours. Exceptions: Students majoring in programs that require the General Education Assessment Policy be fulfilled as one criterion for admission to the program (such as Nursing or Business) should consult their department for program-specific requirements.
Is there a fee for taking the General Education Assessment (GEA)?
University assessment funding pays for the first general education exam. Thereafter, students pay a $15 retest fee. Testing Services bills the retest fee to the students’ financial account the day following the test date. Additionally, there is a $10 no-show fee for any student who signs up to take the exam and fails to show up and take it on their registered date. Students needing to cancel or reschedule an exam date will need to do so at least 24 hours before their scheduled test date. Any cancellation within the 24 hour period before the scheduled exam will count as a no-show.
Teacher Education Majors Only
The Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education continues to require teacher education majors to take and pass five subject areas of the C-BASE for Teacher Education exam as one criterion for admission to the Teacher Education Program, instead of the GEA. Teacher Education students who withdraw from the Teacher Education Program to major in another field and who have successfully fulfilled the College BASE for Teacher Education exam requirement will have fulfilled the General Education Assessment Policy.
For any additional information or for questions and/or concerns, please contact:
Carole Nimmer, Director Testing Services
When communicating with Testing Services, students need to provide their UCM ID#, full name, and UCM email address. Providing this information will assist in responding to your question.