Clay N. Hixson Student Success Center

In order to complete the senior exit exam component of your graduation requirements, we will utilize an online format so that you can take the exam from a convenient location (i.e. home). Your exam will take place at your previously scheduled date and time. You will receive an email reminder of your scheduled date in the coming days. It will contain more details about the testing process.

Senior Exit Exam

Are you getting ready to graduate in the spring or summer 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 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. Registration is currently closed. Those graduating in the spring or summer of 2020 should already be registered. Students planning to graduate in the fall of 2020 will have an opportunity to take the exam during the fall semester. Contact Donna Thorne at if you have questions.

**Test information from: Insightassessment
More about CCTST

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

Register Exemption



Experience Tech For Yourself

Visit us to see what sets us apart.

Schedule Your Visit