General Education Test (GET)

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Learn more about how to get to the finish line with your degree. Students who have successfully completed 75 or more credit hours will need to plan to complete the General Education Test (GET).




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. Any student who willfully voids the GET will have an enrollment restriction placed on their academic record and will be responsible for the cost of the exam. This policy is clearly outlined in the Lincoln University Undergraduate Bulletin (page 74) and will be strictly enforced.

Lincoln University currently uses the ETS Proficiency Profile (PPT) - Abbreviated Form as the General Education Test (GET). The Proficiency Profile is a nationally normed, standardized examination designed to measure students' acquired abilities, academic skills and achievement in the general education area (writing, reading, critical thinking, and mathematics). The Proficiency Profile is a 36-item multiple-choice examination that requires 40 minutes for completion. To learn more about the Proficiency Profile, click here, and to download a PDF of sample questions, click here.

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 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 a score immediately after the test is completed, and student scores and percentiles will be entered in the Student Information System (Colleague).


For additional information please contact:
Research Analyst
108 Young Hall 
820 Chestnut Street
Jefferson City, MO 65102