The Proficiency Profile is a measure of college-level reading, mathematics, writing, and critical thinking in the context of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. The PP test is designed for colleges and universities to assess their general education outcomes, so they may improve the quality of instruction and learning. It focuses on the academic skills developed through general education courses, rather than on the knowledge acquired about the subjects taught in these courses.
Unlike other tests that rely on a single score, the PP test yields multiple indicators for students and groups of students. These indicators provide the specific information institutions need to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses in their curriculum and teaching methods. Since institutions have multiple needs in using assessment instruments, the PP test yields two types of information, each useful for a particular purpose: scaled scores and proficiency classifications.