Clay N. Hixson Student Success Center

Senior Exit Exam

Are you getting ready to graduate this May 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. 

  • What is 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. 

    **Test information from: Insightassessment
    More about CCTST

  • Are you exempt from taking the Senior Exit Exam?

    Exemption Criteria

    If you meet any of the following criteria you are exempt from taking the exam.

    • You have already taken the Senior Exit Exam

    • English is your second language

    • You hold a previous B.A/B.S. degree

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


If you have questions about the senior exit exam or when it will be offered please contact Dr. Powell with the Student Success Center at 931-372-3540 or email 

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