Clay N. Hixson Student Success Center

Senior Exit Exam


Registration closed for Fall 2018 graduates

Are you getting ready to graduate with a degree from the College of Engineering? In order to complete your requirements for graduation you must take the Senior Exit Exam. It is required by the State of Tennessee that all students attending a state-supported college or university complete this assessment. Failure to do so will result in your diploma being on hold until the test is taken.

The Senior Exit Exam is held in Clement 212. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to test time and bring your Eagle Card for identification.

Direct inquiries about the senior exit exam to Donna Thorne at 372-3553 or .


Register Your Exemption Status

Please do not send an exemption until the semester you will graduate.


Are you exempt from taking the Senior Exit Exam? If you meet any of the following criteria you are exempt from taking the exam.

  • English is your second language
  • You attended high school outside the US
  • You hold a previous B.A/B.S. degree
  • You have been out of high school more than 15 years.
  • You take all classes online
  • You are part of 2+2

Your exemption must be recorded with the college of engineering in order for you to be released from taking the senior exit exam.


The university uses the California Critical Thinking Skills Test (CCTST)

It is the premier critical thinking skills test in the world today. The CCTST has been used in the USA and in authorized translations worldwide with graduate student populations, executive level adult populations, and undergraduate students in all fields. It is a discipline-neutral measure of reasoning skills.

CCTST Purpose:

The CCTST is designed to permit test-takers to demonstrate the critical thinking skills required to succeed in educational or workplace settings where solving problems and making decisions by forming reasoned judgments are important. Used throughout the United States and in many countries and languages around the world, the CCTST has been proven to predict strength in critical thinking in authentic problem situations and success on professional licensure examinations.

In educational settings the CCTST is recommended for evaluating program applicants, advising individual students, learning outcomes assessment, program evaluation, accreditation and research

CCTST Overview

The California Critical Thinking Skills Test (CCTST) is an objective measure of the core reasoning skills needed for reflective decision making concerning what to believe or what to do. It is designed to engage the test-taker's reasoning skills.

  • Multiple choice items use everyday scenarios,
    appropriate to the intended test-taker group. Each item requires that the
    test-taker make an accurate and complete interpretation of the question.
    Any specialized information needed to respond correctly is provided
    in the question itself.
  • The test items range in difficulty and complexity.
    Different questions progressively invite test-takers to analyze or to
    interpret information presented in text, charts, or images; to draw
    accurate and warranted inferences; to evaluate inferences and explain why
    they represent strong reasoning or weak reasoning; or to explain why a
    given evaluation of an inference is strong or weak.
  • The instrument is administered in 45 minutes; the length of the instrument is set to permit maximum performance
    within the range of possible effort for the intended test-taker group.

**Test information from: Insightassessment