A student's perceptions, expectations, emotions, and knowledge about college fall into three general categories of the college experience: personal, social, and academic. A completed PEEK yields information about each of these dimensions of the college experience.
The Personal category items measure variables related to what students think they will experience about their emotional reactions to college, the degree to which they are prepared to do college-level work, how college fits into their future goals, and the degree to which they will take personal responsibility for their own learning.
The Social category items measure variables that focus on expectations about social pressures in college, interactions with instructors, the nature and make-up of college populations, and relationships between family/students and friends.
The Academic category items measure the expectations about the difficulty of college courses, the nature of learning in college, the roles and responsibilities of college instructors, and the nature of instruction in college. The PEEK consists of 30 items and the student is asked to indicate, using a five-point rating scale ranging from not at all likely to extremely likely, the extent to which they expect to experience in college what is described in each item. These 30 items are organized into three categories with 10 items in each category. The three categories are: Academic, Personal, and Social.