Incoming first year and transfer students required to complete General Education must successfully complete the Madison Research Essential Skills Test, JMU’s Information Literacy Competency, test by the end of their first academic year at JMU.
James Madison University believes that the fundamental knowledge and skills you need to navigate the landscape of scholarly information are necessary for successful completion of your university classes. Information literacy skills are foundational to your university coursework and as such are included in Cluster One of General Education. All students enrolled completing General Education at JMU are required to pass the MREST within the first academic year at JMU.
Development of your information literacy skills begin in Cluster One. JMU offers you three opportunities to acquire these skills.
Once you have acquired the information literacy skills listed above you are ready to take the JMU’s graduation requirement, Madison Research Essential Skills Test (MREST). Because information literacy is critical to the mission of the university you must complete this test during your first academic year. MREST is a proctored, secured competency test given only in Ashby Lab during lab hours. You must successfully pass the MREST prior to Spring Break of your first academic year.
Successful passing of the MREST will be noted on your transcript. Students who score high will be earn an advanced status. Students who fail may review the Madison Research Toolkit. Students who do not pass by the deadline will have a registration hold placed on their academic record. This registration hold will prevent you from dropping, adding or swapping courses. Within two weeks of successful completion of this graduation milestone you will be able view your passing scores via myMadison. There are several places within MyMadison where your MREST scores are visible (use the drop down menu labeled “Other Academic” and chose one of the following; academic requirements, view test scores, or transcript: view unofficial).