CAE’s Success Skills Assessment (SSA+) for higher education is designed to measure students’ critical thinking, problem-solving and written communication skills regardless of their field of study. These skills are necessary not only for success in college, but also for success in the workplace and life outside the classroom. Our online assessments include real-world scenarios and documents that reflect an authentic situation. No prior knowledge is necessary to perform well. SSA+ includes a 60-minute Performance Task (PT) with an open-ended prompt that requires a written response. The PT assesses analytical reasoning, the evaluation of information, problem solving, writing effectiveness, and writing mechanics.