Program - College Base


All students, including transfers, who have earned between 54 and 72 credits at the end of a given semester are required to complete the UW-Green Bay General Education Assessment program.

The General Education Assessment Program was originally established in 1991 in response to an accountability agreement with the State of Wisconsin which required all UW System institutions to develop a process for evaluating the general education knowledge and skills of their students near the end of their sophomore year.   The Program is also an important component of the UW-Green Bay Comprehensive Assessment Plan, which was developed to provide evidence to the Higher Learning Commission that the institution is in compliance with the Commission’s five accreditation standards.  The primary assessment tool used in the General Education Assessment Program is the College Basic Academic Subjects Examination (College BASE).  The College BASE is designed to provide students with an assessment of their general education knowledge and skills, independent of course grades.  The test also provides the institution with feedback regarding the general education skills and knowledge of students as they begin their junior year at UW-Green Bay.

The program consists of:
BD21297_         Orientation Session (optional). 15-20 minute online tutorial/survey.  During this orientation, the purpose of the General Education Assessment Program and participation requirement will be explained.  Students will also complete a survey consisting of a series of questions about the exam and other research information.
BD21297_         Testing Session (required). Up to 2 hours.  During this session, students will take the College BASE, a criterion-referenced test that assesses general education knowledge and skills.  Students will be randomly assigned to complete two of the four subject area tests - Mathematics, Science, English, and Social Studies.
BD21297_         Feedback session (optional). 15-20 minute online tutorial/survey.  The feedback session will provide information about what the scores mean and how students can improve their general knowledge and skills.   Students will also complete a survey that includes questions relating to their performance on the test. 

Find out what's covered on the College BASE, and review sample questions at Also see the Students' Guide to the College BASE at

Students are notified by email and mail when it is time to complete the assessment.  THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO TESTING. 

There is no cost for taking the exam. However, if a student fails to attend one of the regularly scheduled testing sessions, a fee is required for a make-up exam. Students who complete all three sessions (Orientation, Testing, & Feedback), and receive total subtest scores on both subtests that are at or above the 25th percentile rank including one total subtest score that is at or above the 50th percentile rank will earn 1 free elective credit.

* Formerly, the Sophomore Assessment Program