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College BASE

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College BASE offers an effective, affordable option for assessing general education skills, enabling institutions to better identify academic strengths and weaknesses of students or evaluate general education curriculum. College BASE may also be used as a requirement for students seeking admission to teacher education program or to meet regional accreditation requirements.

College BASE is scheduled by institutional administrators at a time and place convenient for its students and academic calendar. ARC charges for test materials and for scoring and producing College BASE reports, but there are no annual administration fees.


College BASE consists of 180 multiple-choice questions and an optional essay prompt. The content is organized into four subject areas:

The modular format of College BASE allows institutions great flexibility in selecting the components that best meet their goals and educational objectives. Institutions can choose 1-4 subject areas, an optional essay prompt, and a short-form option (College BASE 1:1).

As a broad-based achievement test, College BASE assesses basic and enduring knowledge in each of the four subject areas and provides performance rankings in higher order thinking skills (interpretive, strategic, and adaptive reasoning abilities).

Uses of College BASE Data

Individual student data:

Institutional summary data:

College BASE provides flexibility in selecting subjects for assessment that meet the needs of the individual institution.

Exam Formats

  1. Standard Subjects option - Students may be tested in 1:4 subjects, with all students assigned to the same area(s). The essay may also be included.
  2. College BASE 1:1 option - Provides institutional summary data for all 4 subjects of the exam, but each student is assigned only 1:2 subjects. Using sampling guidelines provided by the Assessment Resource Center, the institution receives data as valid as if the entire population had been tested on all four subjects. The College BASE 1:1 option reduces administration time for each student and saves time and costs for the institution.
  3. Basic Skills Option - Assess certain populations of students for English and mathematics only. The essay assignment may be included to assess student achievement of general education objectives for writing.

The College BASE test content (pdf) is available for you to view, download, and print.

College Base Order Forms

Additional score reports can be ordered by completing the Score Release Consent Form. Information change requests can be ordered using the Correction of Score Report Form. Please send the appropiate form along with a $10.00 check or money order to the Assessment Resource Center (ARC), 2800 Maguire Blvd., Columbia, Missouri 65201.

In order to protect the confidentiality of student records, ARC does not accept telephone requests for additional score reports, nor are scores and passing status released by ARC over the phone, by fax, or by email.

For more information, contact Becky Hinshaw at 573-882-4694 or 800-366-8232, or email collegebase@missouri.edu.

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