HEIghten® Exams Sample Questions

Sample questions provide examples of the skills measured, contexts covered and the difficulty of the questions on the HEIghten® exams. The sample questions and answers are for reference only. They are not actual questions currently used on the test.

The HEIghten® Assessment Suite consists of 5 exams. Click on any exam name to see more information and sample questions.


The HEIghten® Civic Competency & Engagement assessment evaluates college students’ civic learning, including:​

  • knowledge of civic practices and institutions
  • skills in understanding and participating in civic-related situations
  • general attitudes, preferences and degrees of engagement in civics and civic-related activities​

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The HEIghten® Critical Thinking assessment addresses two central aspects of critical thinking

  • Analytic
  • Synthetic

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The HEIghten® Interculteral Competency & Diversity assessment focuses on three stages of intercultural competence:

  • Approach
  • Analyze
  • Act

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The HEIghten® Quantitative Literacy assessment asks students to solve applied mathematical problems using the following problem-solving skills, including:

  • interpreting information
  • strategically evaluating, inferring and reasoning
  • capturing relationships between variables by mapping, interpreting and modeling
  • manipulating mathematical expressions and computing quantities
  • communicating mathematical ideas in various forms​

The assessment also addresses four major mathematical content areas:​

  • number and operations
  • algebra
  • geometry and measurement
  • probability and statistics

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The HEIghten® Written Communication assessment addresses four dimensions:

  • Knowledge of Social and Rhetorical Situations
  • Knowledge of Conceptual Strategies​
  • Knowledge of Language Use and Conventions
  • Knowledge of the Writing Process

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