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James Madison University has had required information literacy competency exam situated within the first year of University’s General Education Program for over a decade. This test, previously the Information Seeking Skills Test (ISST) and now, Madison Research Essentials Skills Test (MREST) is directly mapped to the Association for College & Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Information Literacy Standards for Higher Education. For many years, the only data regularly gathered noted if the students were passing, passing at the advanced level or not, and how the students performed on each objective. With this paper, the author explains how the test data is currently mined to discover more about the MREST and MREST test item behavior, score setting, and student performance comparisons of MREST passers versus non-passers. Each of these elements is further mined to learn more about what our students know, don’t know and need to know to successfully navigate a university information landscape.

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