Paul A. Gore
A. J. Metz
(University of Utah)
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Developed by experts. ACES has been created by psychologists Paul Gore, Wade Leuwerke, and A.J. Metz, who share more than 30 years combined experience in college success and assessment. They have created several leading, statistically-valid non-cognitive and cognitive assessments and have worked or consulted for a wide range of organizations including ACT, CampusLabs, and numerous universities.
Easy-to-use student self-assessment. ACES has been designed with ease-of-use in mind. It takes students only 15-20 minutes to complete and offers intriguing questions in a clean, appealing interface, helping ensure student satisfaction and high participation rates.
Assessment across 12 key non-cognitive and cognitive skill areas. Questions assess skills in a wide range of areas crucial to college success, including planning ahead (time management and career exploration), academic skills (reading, note taking, test taking), and life skills (goal setting, motivation, money management, health, interpersonal skills).
80+ empirically supported, statistically valid statements. Questions have been thoroughly tested in a national pilot study and organized to obtain the clearest possible picture of students’ attitudes and skills. Reverse-scoring on select questions helps ensure that students provide the most accurate responses.
Targeted, thorough feedback helps each student develop their next steps and a plan for achieving them. Students get feedback on their responses in each of the 12 skill areas. Each area is correlated as higher, moderate, or lower compared with the national sample. Feedback offers students an assessment of their current skills, encouragement to improve, and concrete suggestions for activities and resources to help them achieve their goals.
Individualized and class-level reports give students and instructors the feedback they need to understand student strengths and weaknesses, and to formulate realistic plans for improvement. Data can be organized in several ways and output for use in standard quantitative programs like Excel and Qualtrix.
Specially designed to work with Connections, yet flexible enough to work with a range of texts or on its own. ACES has been designed to work seamlessly with the Bedford/St. Martin’s text Connections, also written by the creators of this assessment. References and activities to students’ ACES score are integrated throughout Connections. The ease of use and powerful feedback also allows ACES to be used with any college success text or on its own.
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