Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Psychology Students Perform Well on National Test

This past spring 9 graduating psychology majors completed an examination of psychological knowledge by taking the Psychology Area Concentration Achievement Test (PACAT).  The PACAT measures student knowledge in six foundational areas of the discipline and this exam is used by our department to improve student learning and make data-driven decisions about our curriculum.  This year's examinees were tested on their knowledge in the areas of abnormal, developmental, experimental design, history and systems, personality, and social psychology.  Congratulations to this year's group whose scores were the highest in nearly a decade, as their performance was compared to 5,654 other students across the nation.  Since our department began administering the PACAT to our graduating seniors, this marks the twelfth year out of thirteen that our students have exceeded the national average.  Congratulations!