Can the ILAAP tool be used as a pre- and post-test?

Yes.  While the tool was originally tested as a post-test instrument only, procedures have now been put in place to allow it to be used for pre- and post-testing.  Please see Use ILAAP for more information.

Can I see how an individual student responds to the questions?

Special reports displaying individual student responses are available upon request.  These reports will be created within ten weekdays.

Does WASSAIL mark the assessment?

Summary reports for assessments that include quantitative questions with a correct answer will display the number of students who have chosen the correct answer (see more about standard summary reports here).  Special reports displaying marks for individual student responses are available upon request.  These reports will be created within ten weekdays.

Can I publish and/or present based on my ILAAP results?

While the ILAAP team does have ethics coverage to use our data for research purposes, this coverage does not extend to individual institutions.  Please consult with your Institutional Research Ethics Board about using your data if you would like to include it as part of a research project, presentation, or publication.  If you have any questions, please contact the ILAAP Team.

How much does it cost to use the ILAAP tool?

The ILAAP tool is available for you to use free of charge.

Can I suggest questions for addition to the question bank?

Yes! While we only add questions during the summer months, due to workload, you’re welcome to suggest additions or changes to the question bank at any time.

What is a participating institution?

A participating institution is an institution that is using the questions and administering them via WASSAIL.  If you’re interested in becoming a participating institution please complete this form.

Can I use the questions without becoming a participating institution?

Yes, the questions are available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit However, becoming a participating institution and administering the questions via WASSAIL provides you with additional reporting features and a convenient administration process.

Do I need server space or IT support to become a participating institution?

No.  The tool is administered using an instance of WASSAIL that lives on a server in Alberta, Canada.  You do not need to install anything on a local server or local computer. The ILAAP team provides all administrative and technical support for the tool.

Has the ILAAP tool been validated?

We tested the tool for reliability and validity in a variety of different ways.  Each individual question was analyzed statistically using “goodness of fit” chi-squared tests, and kept, modified, or removed based on the results. We also attempted to measure construct validity by asking students to take the ILAAP test along with two other tests that were determined to be similar tests of IL skills, and by asking an expert panel of other librarians to complete a validation exercise, reviewing all of the questions and providing feedback. Due to both low sample sizes and the design of the tool itself, we were only able to reliably measure item-level validity. Therefore, the ILAAP tool is currently offered as a question bank to libraries to use for their individual assessment efforts.  Further validity testing will need to be done before it can be recommended as a comparative tool across institutions and student populations.