Centre for eLearning Innovations and
Partnerships in Science and Engineering (eLIPSE)

Getset is a non-assessable competencies quiz for incoming First Year students at university to raise students’ awareness of academic expectations and alert them to gaps in their knowledge. GetSet measures a number of cognitive and non-cognitive factors shown to be significant predictors of academic success and provides individualised feedback to students.

How does it work?

The quiz focuses on Maths, Physics/Mechanics, and Chemistry. Upon completion students receive an individual matrix report showing their knowledge mapped against the prerequisite knowledge for a number of courses. They also receive suggestions for learning resources and support sessions to help them get a good start.

Academics teaching first year course receive aggregated results for the entire cohort to aid preparation.

Project team/Contacts
Title First Name Last Name Affiliation Role
in ​the project
A/Professor Lydia Kavanagh Faculty of EAIT/
School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
Lead CI l.kavanagh@uq.edu.au
​+61 7 3365 4264
A/Professor Liza O'Moore Faculty of EAIT/ School of Civil Engineering Lead CI l.omoore@uq.edu.au ​
+61 7 3365 3899
Mr Michael Jennings Faculty of Science/ School of Mathematics and Physics   msj@maths.uq.edu.au
​​+61 7 3365 3255

Project Status

The project is complete. The tool is being used across disciplines at UQ. 


GetSet project website is located at: https://getset2.uqcloud.net/. Please contact the Lead CI to request access.

Are you interested in trialling GetSet? Try out our public demonstration site (no login required):

Technologies Used

Drupal, JavaScript, PHP


Lydia Kavanagh and Liza O'Moore. Get set for success: Using online self-assessments to motivate first year engineering students to engage in and manage their learning (2012–2013). Funded by Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT).

Michael Jennings. Not just Another Diagnostic Test! Extending Get Set resources into new contexts under the Promotion of Excellence in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education programme (2014–2015). Funded by OLT Extension Grants

Material for this quiz came from the following sources:

  • CHEM I Chemistry Inventory I (Jim Birk, Foundation Coalition) 
  • CHEM II Chemistry Inventory II (Jim Birk, Foundation Coalition) 
  • Thermodynamics Concept Inventory (Clark Midkiff, Foundation Coalition) 
  • Adams, P., Jennings, M. & O'Moore, L. (The University of Queensland), MATH1050 Entry Skills Survey/Quiz, Semester 1, 2007 
  • Gurgenci, H. (The University of Queensland) Engineering 1010 Module 1 Introduction 
  • Halloun, I., Hake, R. & Masca, E. (1955) Force Concept Inventory (Mechanics Survey) revised version, (From Hestenes, D., Wells, M.M. & Swackhamer, G., 1992, The Physics Teacher, March) 
  • Kavanagh, L., O’Moore, L. & Samuelowicz, K. (2009), Characterising the first year cohort knowledge. Proceedings of the 2009 AaeE Conference, Adelaide [2009] 
  • Lawrie, G. (The University of Queensland) Diagnostic Survey: Your Prior chemistry experience before beginning this course (CHEM1030) [2008] 
  • Mulford, D. & Robinson, W. (Purdue University) An Inventory for Alternative Conceptions among First-Semester General Chemistry Students (From Mulford, D. & Robinson, W. (2002) An Inventory of Alternate Conceptions among First Semester General Chemistry Students. J. Chemical Education, 79 (6)) 
  • Shallcross, D. (The University of Melbourne) Material & Energy Balance Concept (Version3 2/2007) 
  • Shallcross, D. (The University of Melbourne) ESD2 CONCEPT Inventory [2009] 
  • Smaill, Rowe G. and Godfrey, E. (2008) What do they know? An entry-level test for electricity, Proceedings of the 2008 AaeE Conference,
  • Yeppoon [2008]. Thornton, R. & Sokoloff, D. (1998), Assessing student learning of Newton’s laws: The force and motion conceptual evaluation and evaluation of active learning laboratory and lecture curricula. American Association of Physics Teachers, pp. 338-352 
  • Burton, Lorelle and Dowling, David and Albion, Majella (2013) Get set for success: using online self-assessments to motivate first year engineering students to engage in and manage their learning [Final report]. Project Report. Australia Office for Learning and Teaching, Sydney, Australia.

  • Burton, Lorelle, Dowling, David G., Kavanagh, Lydia, O'Moore, Liza, Aubrey, Tim, Lowe, David, Wilkes, Janelle, Glencross-Grant, Rex and McBride, William (2012). Get set for success: an update on EngCAT Project. In: 23rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Association of Engineering Education (AAEE 2012), Melbourne, Australia, (). 3-5 December 2012.

  • Shepherd, Martin, McLennan, Amy, Kavanagh, Lydia and O'Moore, Liza (2011). Ready for first year? The use of pre-teaching diagnostic tests to prompt greater preparation and engagement among first year engineering cohorts at The Universities of Auckland and Queensland. In: Yasir M. Al-Abdeli and Euan Lindsay, Proceedings of the 2011 AAEE Conference. 22nd Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE), Fremantle, WA, Australia, (582-587). 5-7 December 2011. 

  • Jennings, M. (2011). The transition from high school to university: The University of Queensland perspective. Eighth Southern Hemisphere Conference on Teaching and Learning Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics, Rotorua, New Zealand 

  • Kavanagh, L., O’Moore, L., & Samuelowicz, K. (2009). Characterising the first year cohort knowledge. Proceedings of the Australasian Association of Engineering Education Conference, Adelaide.