College Student Success

College Student Success (CSS) Assessment

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College Student Success – Mindset and Reasoning Skills (CSS) measures the personal attributes and reasoning skills which enable a person to achieve success as a college student. The CSS is designed for use by adult re-entry students, high school students, and current undergraduates. The College Student Success is the instrument of choice for evaluating applicants, student advising, and student retention.  It is used by high school college placement and guidance counselors, student success and student retention program offices in colleges and universities, and academic success consultants.

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The CSS is calibrated for adult re-entry students, high school students, and current undergraduates


Administered online with a secure, user-friendly, multi-lingual, WCAG Level AA Compliant interface interface. 

Support Materials

User Manual includes all needed information about administering the assessment and interpreting the resulting individual and group scores.

Assessment Specs

Max 80 minutes timed administration: 25 minutes allotted for 74 Likert-style items; 55 minutes allotted for 40 engaging questions.


Group graphics with statistical summary of scores; Excel spreadsheet of responses to all custom demographic questions, and all scores for each person tested. Optional individual score reports for administrators and/or test takers.

Results Reported

Metrics include scores for 7 College Success Mindset Attributes, 5 College Success Reasoning Skills, plus an OVERALL rating. 


Each college success mindset attribute is scored on a 10-60-point scale divided into four qualitative categories; Each college success reasoning skill metric is scored on a 100-point scale with five corresponding qualitative ratings


Available in English and Spanish


Metrics include scores for 7 College Success Mindset Attributes, 5 College Success Reasoning Skills, plus an OVERALL rating. 

7 College Success Mindset Attributes

  1. Motivation to Learn
  2. Drive to Succeed
  3. Judgment
  4. Intellectual Integrity
  5. Foresight
  6. Resilience
  7. Creativity

5 College Success Reasoning Skills

  1. Reasoning in Uncertainty
  2. Reasoning with Precision
  3. Analytical Reasoning
  4. Evaluative Reasoning
  5. Quantitative Reasoning
  • OVERALL Reasoning Skills


The College Student Success (CSS) Report Package includes group summary reports for each group and sub-group in the sample and an optional individual test-taker report for each person assessed.

Reports are generated immediately after the conclusion of testing, making real time assessment possible. Read more about how our customer support specialists work with clients to select their reporting options on our Services tab or contact us for a free consultation.

Group Analytics

  • Clients can generate and download Excel spreadsheet files of all scores (OVERALL and all cognitive score metrics). These also include the responses to optional custom demographic questions added by the client to the assessment profile, and percentile scores corresponding to the external comparison group selected by the client.

  • Presentation-ready tables and graphic representations of the score distribution for OVERALL critical thinking skills and for the additional cognitive mindset and skill metrics.

  • Organizational and institutional clients who have added custom demographic questions can generate sub-group level reports for these variables, or for specific testing sessions or time periods.  

Optional Individual Test-Taker Reports

  • Each critical thinking mindset attribute is scored on a 10-60-point scale divided into qualitative categories (Not Manifested, Inconsistent, Positive, and Strong Positive).

  • Each critical thinking skill metric is scored on a 100-point scale with five corresponding qualitative ratings (Not Manifested, Weak, Moderate, Strong, and Superior).

  • The Individual Reports can pushed as PDF files to an email address of the client’s choosing, e.g., to school or departmental office.

  • Organizational and institutional clients can control whether individual reports are made available to the test-taker.

  • A short PDF assessment report debrief document, which can be distributed by the client to the people who were assessed.

Need to expedite your project?  We can have your first online testing assignment available for your students within 24 hours. Request a quote or get started by calling 650-697-5628 and speaking with one of our assessment specialists today.

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