ACRL Acquires Threshold Achievement Test for Information Literacy (TATIL)

ACRL has acquired the Threshold Achievement Test for Information Literacy (TATIL), an online information literacy assessment instrument developed by Carrick Enterprises, Inc. Based on the 2017 ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, TATIL launched in 2018 and has been used by more than 75 educational institutions.

“The acquisition of this versatile tool increases our ability to advance equitable and inclusive pedagogical practices and environments as articulated in our strategic Plan for Excellence,” said ACRL President Erin L. Ellis of Indiana University Bloomington. “With TATIL’s valuable data and reports, libraries can build more effective information literacy programs and communicate compellingly about their role in supporting student learning.”

TATIL is a simple, easy-to-use standardized test that measures the achievement of the information literacy education outcomes, regardless of a student’s major or research focus, across four modules which address learning across all the frames in the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy. TATIL reports help educators identify student areas of strength and areas that need improvement, supporting evidence-based decision-making and inform actions for strengthening student outcomes.

Test reports are comprehensive and provide a wealth of actionable assessment data.  For example, pre-test reports can help academic libraries plan curriculum based on students’ prior knowledge and confidence levels related to their dispositions. Institutional reports include detailed knowledge and disposition results along with cross-institutional comparisons. By providing a complete picture of student performance and comparing it with results from other institutions, TATIL can greatly enhance administrative support for information literacy education.

Following a redesign and rebuilding period, TATIL will relaunch under the ACRL brand in summer 2023.

Contact ACRL Program Officer Gena Parsons-Diamond at with questions about TATIL.