About the Test

The Threshold Achievement Test for Information Literacy (TATIL) is being created by a team of experts that includes librarians, professors, and other educators. The test is organized in four modules designed to be administered separately according to the outcomes you want to assess. The content for each module is inspired by one or more of the frames of the ACRL IL Framework.

TATIL Module ACRL IL Frame(s)
Evaluating Process & Authority “Information Creation as a Process” and “Authority is Constructed and Contextual”
Strategic Searching “Searching as Strategic Exploration”
Research & Scholarship “Research as Inquiry” and “Scholarship as a Conversation”
The Value of Information “Information Has Value”

For descriptions of each module, including the outcomes, performance indicators, and dispositions, click on the module title above. You may also download a PDF document with descriptions for all four modules.

The information about each module will help you determine which of the modules are most appropriate for your assessment goals for any program in a given year. To support programs and institutions meeting accreditation requirements, we also expect to provide options for test managers to compare their results to those of peer institutions that have administered the test.

The development team used the knowledge practices and dispositions that are outlined in the ACRL Framework as a starting point for the creation of outcomes and performance indicators. The performance indicators were then used to guide item writing for each of the four modules.

The item writers employed a variety of structured response formats to assess students’ IL knowledge, skills, abilities, and dispositions.

Scores are criterion-referenced. Reports will include information to guide interpretation of scores (e.g., outcomes associated with performance levels ranging from novice to expert). Reports will also include results from situational disposition items that gauge students’ propensity to engage in productive persistence, responsibility to community, toleration for ambiguity, and mindful self-reflection when faced with information challenges.

TATIL is undergoing field testing in the academic years 2015-16 and 2016-17.

Each module can be completed within 50 minutes. It is not anticipated that any student would complete all four modules in a typical assessment session. The test is web-based and will be administered on Internet-connected computers.

In addition to the test items, students will also complete a demographic survey. Test administrators can choose to track the identities of their participants on this survey or make the test results anonymous. The survey will collect information about students’ backgrounds including their majors and class standing. The survey data can be used by librarians and other test administrators to identify correlations between learners’ IL experiences and their IL results as well as relationships to other relevant educational experiences that may influence learners’ IL outcomes. A standard set of demographic questions will permit colleges and universities who care to collaborate to compare their results at a finer level of granularity. Librarians and other test administrators can also choose to add up to 10 custom demographic questions to address local interests.

Next up: Learn more about Test Administration.