CBASE
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C ollege Basic Academic Subjects Examination

WHAT IS THE CBASE?

CBASE is an assessment of students' accomplishments in "general education." General education refers to the knowledge and skills expected of most college graduates regardless of their major.

The content of the test focuses on the following areas:

  • English - including reading, literature, and writing;
  • Mathematics - including general mathematics and statistics, algebra, and geometry;
  • Science - including laboratory and field work and the fundamental concepts of life sciences and physical sciences; and
  • Social Studies - including history and social sciences.

In addition to the above content, the examination assesses your reasoning skills, i.e., ability to interpret and analyze information and to develop reasonable conclusions or hypotheses.

WHO SHOULD TAKE IT?

Completion of the College BASE is a graduation requirement for all baccalaureate degrees. Students are eligible to take the test when they have completed at least 96 credit hours.

WHY ARE STUDENTS REQUIRED TO TAKE THE COLLEGE BASE?

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) is the accreditation agency for Jacksonville State University. To maintain accreditation, SACS requires that member institutions establish procedures for evaluating the extent to which their educational goals are being achieved. The College BASE is the University's primary means of evaluating those general educational goals which are not directly related to specific major. The general education goals are based on the University's "core curriculum."

WHAT WILL BE DONE WITH THE RESULTS?

SACS requires that the University's evaluation process "use the results of these evaluations to improve institutional programs, services and operations." Results of your performance on the College BASE are used to evaluate the University's programs (curriculum) and processes (e.g., instruction). Your graduation does not depend upon your College BASE score. The University receives reports on the performance of each student. Your results will be provided to the University's Core Curriculum Review Committee for evaluation of the core curriculum. The department or college in which you majored will also receive a report of your results.

HOW WILL I BENEFIT FROM TAKING IT?

Your College BASE report will describe how your score in each area compares to a norm group of students from many colleges and universities. If you give the test your best effort, the report will provide an objective assessment of what you have achieved in college. You may include the results in your resume.

By your conscientious effort on the test, you will know that you have contributed to the effort to improve your university. As the University improves, so will your pride in your alma mater.

WHEN SHOULD I TAKE THE COLLEGE BASE?

Students are eligible to take the College BASE when they have completed 96 credit hours.

HOW LONG IS THE COLLEGE BASE?

The test has two components - a writing exercise which requires 40 minutes, and a multiple-choice section which requires time for instructions, distributing materials, and a short break during the test. You should anticipate being in the testing session from 3 to 3 1/2 hours.

HOW DO I REGISTER?

You may register by e-mail. If you have any questions concerning CBASE, please contact the Office of Counseling and Career Services at 256-782-5475.