College of Education Senior Exit Exam
College of Education Testing Center
Amanda Yother, Coordinator
Campus Box 5116
Foundation Hall, Room 314
Cookeville, TN 38505
This page applies only to the Senior Exit Exam for students in the College of Education.
- About the Exit Exam
The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) requires all State of Tennessee universities to evaluate their general education curriculum's effectiveness in student learning and critical thinking. THEC also includes these test scores in funding formulas to state institutions. To meet these requirements,Tennessee Tech requires all graduating seniors to participate in an exit exam that evaluates general education.Tennessee Tech uses the California Test of Critical Thinking Skills to evaluate how well the general education core prepares students to think critically.
All graduating seniors, regardless of major or college, are REQUIRED to take the Senior Exit Exam.
Advisors and Faculty
- If a graduating senior states they need to take the exam, please have them email their name, T-number,Tennessee Tech email address, and major to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students may also be exempt from the exam if they meet one of the following criteria:
- Attended high school outside of the United States/English is the student's second language.
- Graduated high school more than 15 years ago.
- Have already obtained a bachelor’s degree.
- Attend all classes online.
- Are enrolled in the 2+2 Program *COED will begin requiring students enrolled in the 2+2 Program to take the exam starting in the Fall 2022 semester.
All exemptions are reviewed and verified. Students will be contacted only if there is an issue with their selected exemption. If they do not qualify for the exemption, students will be asked to complete the exam.
- Registration Process
Beginning in Spring 2020, all students will be able to take the exam online from any device with internet connection. No registration appointments are necessary for online, remote testing.
- Class Excusal
No class excusals will be granted for online, remote testing sessions.
- "No Shows" & Graduating Seniors
Students that do not complete the exam requirement by the deadline will receive an email requesting them to complete the exam immediately.
Advisors, instructors, and others may also be contacted to assist in this process.
- After Completing the Exam or Selecting an Exemption
The list of verified student exam completions and exemptions is returned to the Provost's Office around the last week of classes.
If the student's name is on this list, the hold will be released on their diploma for graduation.