General Education Topics
Curriculum objectives and accreditor requirements form the foundation of the topics and subjects available in our assessments. The General Education Assessment allows you to select from 31 topics, and each topic comprises of 5-16 subjects.
Test bank questions for each subject are used to assess the foundational knowledge levels and retained knowledge and are aligned with the academic program’s knowledge areas. The test bank includes 100-300 questions per topic. Each exam consists of a random selection of 10 questions per topic. Therefore, we recommend 8-12 topics or 80-120 questions per exam.
All assessment items are validated and peer-reviewed. Regular psychometric analyses of the test banks ensure reliability and accuracy. Exam difficulty is relative; the service assesses retained knowledge of the students at the program level using normed instrumentation. The topics are sorted by their respective domain.
Arts and Humanities
+ Art/Music Appreciation
+ Logic/Critical Thinking
+ Pop Culture, Film and Media
+ US History
+ World History/Civilizations
+ World Religions/World Cultures
+ Interpersonal Communications
Literature and Composition
+ American Literature/World Literature
+ English/English Composition
+ Applied Calculus/Business Calculus
+ College Algebra
+ Mathematics/Applied Mathematics
+ Statistical Concepts
+ Earth Science
+ Environmental Science
+ Science in Society
+ Scientific Process
Social and Behavioral Sciences
+ Cultural Anthropology/Sociology
+ General Psychology
+ Political Science
+ US Federal/American Government
+ World Civilization
+ Computer Science
+ General Software Applications
+ Technology Systems (general overview)
General Education Exam Summary
This document provides a detailed listing of the topics and subjects along with example questions associated with the General Education (GEN ED) exam.
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Validity & Reliability
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Assurance of Learning
Assurance of Learning is a Peregrine Pathways publication that assists accreditation specialists, academic program managers, quality assurance officers, and faulty with assurance of learning implementation and application of Peregrine’s services for assurance of learning. The workbook will help you understand how assessment is used to evaluate higher education goals, objectives, and learning outcomes. Download the workbook below or visit our Assurance of Learning page.
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Determining Test Bank Reliability
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Assurance of Learning: Continuous Quality Improvement in Higher Education
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General Education Assessment Presentation
This document provides a detailed presentation of the assessment service and includes additional information about the service, assessed topics, accreditation relationship, exam customization, and pricing.
General Education Assessment Brochure
The brochure provides a detailed look at the test bank, reporting capabilities, and how the service can be applied towards a direct measurement of learning outcomes and programmatic evaluation.