A-to-Z Index

Assessment & Testing Center

- Tests -

All tests listed below are restricted to the Assessment & Testing Center and cannot be taken remotely.

Be sure to carefully monitor MyMadison to ensure your testing requirements are complete before leaving the university.

University Required Assessments

The assessments below are REQUIRED OF ALL STUDENTS WITH FEW EXCEPTIONS. Please contact us if you have not taken either of the assessments below or if you are not sure whether or not you have taken these assessments.

Consequences of not completing these assessments are as follows:

  • Account hold
  • Course Registration will be blocked
  • Official transcripts will not be accessible
  • Incomplete graduation

A-Day Assessment

Assessment Day or A-Day, occurs twice in a student’s career. Once on the Friday of 1787 Orientation Week, and again in February for students going into the semester with 45-70 credit hours. These assessments gauge a student’s growth in general education and student affairs. All students are required to complete both instances of the A-Day assessment. Failure to complete the assessments will result in a hold which may inhibit students registering for classes or graduating. Students must sign a yellow consent form provided by the Testing Center Assistant and complete all assessments in order to receive credit.

 Test Duration: ~2hr total.
Additional InformationAssessment Day Overview
 Responsible Department: Center for Assessment and Research Studies

Madison Research Essentials Skills Test (MREST)

This test is listed on a student's transcript as the "Information Literacy Requirement". It will also be listed in MyMadison as the "Information Seeking Skills Test"

The MREST assesses students on their ability to use library resources, information literacy, and using information ethically. As of Fall 2013, all freshman are required to complete MREST on or before the last Friday prior to Spring Break. Failure to complete this test by the deadline will result in a hold and may inhibit students from registering for classes or graduating.

Test Duration: ~45 min
Study Material: MREST Toolkit
 Attempts Permitted: Multiple; limit 1 per day.

Other Tests

The testing center is also a host to a number of other tests which change frequently. If you are unsure whether a test your professor is giving is in the testing center, please call or e-mail us.