The Graduate Skills Assessment (GSA)

The graduate skills assessment (GSA) is a five scale, objective measure of undergraduate students' generic skill levels (Hambur et al. 2002). The test includes a multiple-choice component, comprising eighty-three items, and two writing tasks. The multiple-choice component assesses three generic skills - critical thinking, interpersonal understandings and problem solving. It is designed to test skill levels independent of disciplinary content and curricula. The test has parallels in other standardized testing recently implemented in higher education, such as the Collegiate Learning Assessment in the US.

Content

Topics
Communication,
Ways of Thinking,
Social Awareness
Skills
"Written Communication, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Interpersonal Understandings"
Grades
Post secondary

Administration Information

Length
3 hours 1 hour-Written Communication Test 2 hours-Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Interpersonal Understandings Multiple Choice Test
Price
Not indicated
Administration
Individual
Professional
Professional

Access and Use

Contact

61-3-9277-5498
gsa@acer.org

Peer-Reviewed Study Citations
Badcock, P. B. T., Pattison, P. E., & Harris, K.-L. (2010). Developing generic skills through university study: a study of arts, science and engineering in Australia. Higher Education, 60(4), 441–458. doi: 10.1007/s10734-010-9308-8. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10734-010-9308-8

Psychometrics

Open Access
No
Used in Peer-Reviewed Research
Yes