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Office of INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH & ASSESSMENT

Office of Institutional Research & Assessment


COMPETENCY EXAMINATION REQUIREMENT


All students seeking a baccalaureate degree from Emporia State University must demonstrate competency in reading, writing, and mathematics.

Teacher candidates seeking a degree in elementary, the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) before admission to the teacher education program. Please contact your education advisor for questions regarding testing options. A candidate who passes two test areas but scores below the cut-off score in one test area-mathematics, reading, or writing-may be considered for the CAAP Window. Window criteria are as follows:

  • Candidates must have taken the CAAP once.
  • Candidates must be within two points of the standardized CAAP cut-off score.
  • If the above two criteria apply, then candidates may use alternative ways (see non-teaching degree options 2-6 to the competency examination requirement listed below) to meet the Phase I or Block requirement for the Teacher Education Program at Emporia State University.

Teacher candidates should take the examinations during their sophomore or junior year. Standards for passing the examinations have been established by the Council on Teacher Education and are not necessarily the same as those for non-education majors. There is no limit to the number of times a candidate may take the examinations. At the time of this publication, information related to PRAXIS/PPST testing is available by contacting Sharon Brown at sbrown20@emporia.edu or by calling 620-341-5770.  


Non-teaching degree students have several options for fulfilling the competency examination requirement as listed below.

1. Students may pass the reading, writing, and mathematics the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP), or any other nationally standardized examination for which there is a published concordance with the CAAP. If the standardized examination does not have a reading component, the student's ACT scores will substitute for the CAAP.

2. The writing portion of the requirement may also be fulfilled in any of the following ways:

Earning a grade of “A minus” or higher in EG 102(Composition II) in a resident, on-campus class.

Earning a grade of “A minus” or higher in a course equivalent to EG 102 from another accredited university or community college.

Earning a grade of “B” or higher in EG 104 (Honors Composition II) or in EG 301 (Advanced Composition).

Receiving credit by examination for EG 102.

Meet the passing score requirements for ESU on the Compass, GRE, IELTS, G-MAT or TOEFL. Official scores must be on file with ESU in order to receive these forms of test exemptions.            

3. The mathematics portion of the requirement may also be fulfilled in any of the following ways:

Earning a grade of “A minus” or higher in MA 110 (College Algebra) in a resident, on-campus class.

Earning a grade of “A minus” or higher in a course equivalent to MA 110 from another accredited university or community college.

Earning a grade of “C” or higher in any approved general education mathematics course beyond MA 110.

Receiving credit by examination for either MA 110 or MA 161.

Meet the passing score requirements for ESU on the Compass, GRE, IELTS, or G-MAT. Official scores must be on file with ESU in order to receive these forms of test exemptions.  

4. The reading portion of the requirement may also be fulfilled in any of the following ways:

Receiving a reading score of at least 18 on the ACT Assessment.

Receiving an equivalent score on any test for which there is a published concordance with the ACT.

Earning a “B minus” or higher (or credit by examination) in each course used to meet the general education requirements.

Meet the passing score requirements for ESU on the Compass, GRE, IELTS, G-MAT or TOEFL. Official scores must be on file with ESU in order to receive these forms of test exemptions.            

5. International students may take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as an alternative to the reading and writing exams. The passing score is the cutoff value (now 550) that the Institution uses to allow International students to enter graduate school without further testing of their language skills. To fulfill the mathematics requirement, students must earn a grade of "A minus" in MA 110 (College Algebra) or a grade of "C" or higher in any approved mathematics course beyond MA 110, College Algebra.

6. Those students who are unable to fulfill the requirement in any of the above ways and who have taken the CAAP and are not an education major may attend the reading, writing and/or mathematics labs. In the lab, students will be given an opportunity to practice necessary skills and pass a lab test as a substitute for the CAAP tests. Passing scores in lab tests fulfill the competency exam requirement.

Students who qualify for competency exemption options 2, 3, 4, or 5 must confirm exemptions with the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (620-341-5103).  Students should determine exemption status with their advisor prior to enrolling for CAAP courses.  Advisors and students may also consult with the office or can make exemption inquiries via e-mail (bnichols@emporia.edu).

Students will be notified about the need to enroll in CAAP testing courses by e-mail prior to open enrollment dates each semester.  This notification will be sent out by the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.  Students should enroll in CAAP courses immediately after completing coursework for Composition II (EG102) and/or College Algebra (MA110), if grades of A or A- are not achieved.  Students transferring in coursework for these two subjects should enroll in CAAP courses, if transfer coursework grades were not in the A or A- grade range.  Students who haven’t met exemptions for the Reading competency should enroll in the CAAP course no later than their junior year of study.