Suite of Readiness Assessments

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SmarterMeasure is a suite of readiness assessments that measure student readiness for online or self-regulated learning, competency based education, basic math skills, writing skills, and faculty readiness to teach online courses. The suite of readiness assessments includes the leading student readiness assessment based on non-cognitive indicators of success. Since 2002, over 4,100,000 students have taken the Learning Readiness Indicator™. To date, there are over 500 Colleges and Universities using our readiness assessments.

Available Assessments

Learning Readiness Indicator


Quantifies a learner’s level of readiness to study online and/or in a technology rich environment by measuring non-cognitive variables of Individual Attributes (motivation, procrastination), Learning Styles, Life Factors (time, support resources), Technical Skills and Competency, On-screen Reading Rate and Recall, and Typing Speed & Accuracy.

Competency Based Education (CBE) Readiness


Quantifies a learner’s level of readiness to study in a competency based education course or program. Measuring goodness of fit in 7 areas including Situational Awareness, Individual Attributes, Self-Assessment of Competencies, Life Factors, Learning Preferences, Self-Efficacy, and Personal Perception of Non-Cognitive Attributes.

Teaching with Technology Readiness Indicator (TTRI)

The standard TTRI is a 103-item assessment that measures readiness in 7 areas to determine if faculty are prepared to teach in an online course or high tech environment. The seven sections include Technology Skills, Regulation Skills, Teaching Skills,Technology Integration,Technology Vocabulary & Access, and Keyboarding Software. Implementing the TTRI allows professional development teams to identify qualified faculty and recognize gaps in training resources.

Writing Readiness


A 30-item assessment measures readiness across three concepts—Writing Apprehension, Grammar, Usage, and Style, and Structure of Academic Writing—to identify learners who may need additional testing and support to be successful in a college-level course which requires writing skills.

Math Readiness


A 30-item assessment measures 24 math skills grouped into ten concepts to identify learners who may need additional testing and support to be successful in a math course. Concepts include: Whole Number Computation, Factoring, Decimals, Equations, Fractions, Percentages, Integers, Currency, Time, and Geometry.

Test Anxiety Scale

The Test Anxiety Scale is a reliable and valid measure of test anxiety impairment.  Developed in 2004, numerous research projects have been conducted utilizing the scale.  The Test Anxiety Scale and Confidence Training Intervention have produced substantial benefits among highly stressed students.  Students are identified who report “freezing,”“blanking” or “being confused” on major tests, and can choose resources for remediation and support.  The ten-item assessment measures impairment and worry. Students are scored on a scale ranging from 10 to 50 with students scoring higher than 30 being recommended to participate in the Confidence Training Intervention.

Why use SmarterMeasure Suite of Readiness Assessments?


Enhances student experience and increases retention


Identifies at-risk students and links to remedial resources


Measures non-cognitive skills for early intervention


Integrates into third-party learning management systems


Identifies gaps in faculty teaching with technology skills


Ensures distance education programs meet accreditation standards

Annual Student Readiness Report

To what degree students are ready to learn in a distance or technology-rich environment? What types of support would be beneficial to help students succeed at learning in a new paradigm? Read on to access summary data from thousands of students and hundreds of colleges regarding their reported level of readiness for studying online or in a technology-rich environment.

Success Stories

  • 11% reduction in failure rates in online courses— Middlesex Community College
  • 10% difference in retention between control and experimental group—Ashford University
  • 93% classification accuracy of student engagement—Career Education Corporation
  • Students with strong writing readiness scores are 24% more likely to achieve academic success
  • <10% of students classified as “low readiness” went on to achieve academic success—determined by J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College
  • Students with strong writing readiness scores are 17% more likely to be retained after three terms

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