Center for Assessment & Improvement of Learning
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take for the average student to complete the CAT?
We have found that most students complete the CAT in 30 - 45 minutes. Some students may require the full hour and students who are not fluent in English may take longer. The CAT is not a timed test.
How long will it take faculty to score the CAT and how many tests can they score in one scoring workshop?
Faculty get faster at scoring with practice. Don't expect to score more than 6-7 tests per faculty member during your first full-day scoring workshop. The number of tests that can be scored will increase considerably during the next scoring session (e.g., 10-12 per person). After about three or four scoring sessions faculty will be able to score about 18 to 20 tests per person during the full-day scoring session. This increase assumes that a few new faculty will be brought in to score each time.
Can graduate students help score the CAT test?
Graduate students can help score the CAT and the experience can be an excellent professional development opportunity.
What if I am a researcher and do not have others to help score the CAT. Is it still feasible to use the CAT for evaluation in the research project?
We provide a scoring service for researchers in this situation. The online adminstration of the CAT is also machine scored.
When is the next training workshop?
We post our scheduled trainings on our website. If you are planning further in advance, contact us about workshops that are in the planning stage.