About the G.E.T.






Each student pursuing their first Bachelor's degree is required to take the General Education Test (GET) after the successful completion of 75 or more credit hours (including transfer credits).

A student who fails to take the General Education Test will be denied permission to register for the succeeding semester or, if in the final semester, will be restricted from graduating. This policy is clearly outlined in the Lincoln University Undergraduate Bulletin and will be strictly enforced. 


Lincoln University currently uses the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) Critical Thinking Test as the General Education Test (GET). The CAAP test is a nationally normed, standardized examination designed to measure students' acquired abilities, academic skills and achievement in the general education area. The CAAP test is a 32-item multiple-choice examination that requires one hour for completion. To learn more about the CAAP Critical Thinking Test and view sample questions visit ACT's website.


Students will be notified via campus e-mail of their requirement to take the GET in the appropriate semester.  Students who receive a notification e-mail must register for the GET. Students may register by completing the registration form sent with the notification e-mail and returning it to 105-R Young Hall or may register on-line by completing the On-Line Registration Form. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to limited seating capacity, it may become necessary to close one or more of the testing sessions should they become full.



Students are encouraged to take the GET seriously and to do their very best because their performance is a reflection on all Lincoln University students and upon the University as a whole.

The General Education Test is an important component of the Student Outcomes Assessment Program. GET results will be utilized:

  • To evaluate the effectiveness of Lincoln Unviersity's general education curriculum

  • To assist faculty and staff in making curriculum changes

  • To assist faculty and advisors with advising students and enrolling students in appropriate courses

  • To represent the performance of Lincoln University students

  • To reformulate legislative funding decisions

  • To provide students with estimates of rank compared to other Lincoln University students as well as to other students nationally who have taken the same exam

 The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment is responsible for the coordination and administration of the GET and the dissemination of the GET results to the students and to the appropriate academic units within the University. Students will receive their test results approximately 6-8 weeks after the test date.

GET Links

If you would like additional information about the General Education Test, please contact:

Beth Nolte, Director
Institutional Research and Assessment
820 Chestnut Street
105-R Young Hall
Jefferson City, MO 65101