*The information below has been taken directly from James Madison University Center for Assessment and Research Studies website (https://www.jmu.edu/assessment/Students/aboutAday.shtml). This is a reiteration of that information for the purpose of raising awareness. For more information, please visit the Assessment and Research Studies website.

This year, Assessment Day is on Tuesday, February 7th, and just about everyone that I know is confused. Recently I’ve been hearing questions like how do you know if you have to go? Is it just freshmen and juniors? Can you graduate if you don’t go? and so on. So, today I’m here to help answer some of your most frequently asked questions.

Do I need to go?

Incoming freshmen as well as all students that have earned between 45 and 70 credits as of the end of Fall 2016 must attend. You cannot test out of assessments. An easy way to check how many credits you have is by checking your unofficial transcript on MyMadison.

Still not sure if you need to go? Contact the Center for Assessment and Research Studies prior to assessment day here: assessment@jmu.edu

Okay, so, I have to go to Assessment Day. Where do I take the test?

First, check here:


Photo: https://www.jmu.edu/assessment/Students/aboutAday.shtml

It’s important to know that a few student groups require special accommodations for Assessment Day testing. If you require these accommodations, or if you are a member of an athletics team or the Marching Royal Dukes, please click here to find further information.

Wait, what if I can’t attend assessment day?

The bottom line is, you have to. Failure to attend will result in a hold being placed on your account which will prevent you from registering for classes. If there is a true emergency, contact the Center for Assessment and Research Studies (assessment@jmu.edu) as soon as possible.

Do I have to do anything to prepare for it?


What should I bring?

Be able to provide you JAC card number, so whether or not that means bringing it is up to you. You may only bring in bottled drinks if they have a sealable lid, and you may NOT bring any food. So grab some beforehand.

I hope this was helpful to everyone who was as confused about assessment day as I once was. For any further questions or information, click here. Don’t go uninformed!


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