You must complete a graduation packet at the start of the term in which you will graduate. Graduation packets can be picked up at the records office. You must meet with your academic advisor to complete the packet and confirm that you have met all degree requirements. Return the completed graduation packet to the Records Office by the date on the packet (March 1 for Spring term graduation, June 15 for Summer term graduation, and October 1 for Fall term graduation).

Graduation exams are required if you are graduating with an associate in arts (AA) degree or an associate in science (AS) degree or an associate in applied science (AAS) degree (excluding Nursing and Allied health). You must take the Measure of Academic Proficiency and Progress (MAPP) and the California Critical Thinking Skills Test (CCTST), both given on the same date. Your performance on these exams will not affect your graduation. There is no need to study for them; however, you must complete these exams in order to graduate unless you are currently enrolled at a four-year institution (your class schedule or similar must be shown as proof of enrollment) or have previously taken these exams.

What is the MAPP?

The MAPP is a standardized, 36-item, multiple-choice test timed for 40 minutes. It is designed to measure your skills in reading, critical thinking, writing, and mathematics. It is not intended to test specific knowledge in these fields. All of the information needed to answer these questions is presented in the test.
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What is the CCTST?

The CCTST is a standardized, 34-item multiple choice test, timed for 45 minutes that targets core critical thinking skills regarded to be essential in a college education.

Important information before taking these exams

  • Arrive on time with a picture ID. You will not be admitted without ID.
  • No food or drink is allowed in the testing room.
  • If you have taken a graduation exam before, have a disability and need special accommodations on the exams, or need to change test dates, please notify Brandi Forker.
  • One week prior to the test date, you will receive a reminder of your test date and room number.

For exam dates or questions, contact

Casie Richardson
Records Office
P: 270-824-8575
F: 270-824-1864