If you dreaded the SATs in high school, beware: A new post-collegiate exam might have you sweating this spring.
The Collegiate Learning Assessment Plus (CLA+) presented by the Council for Aid to Education, a non-profit organization, seeks to test the critical thinking skills of college students. This spring, more than U.S. 200 colleges and universities will administer the exam to measure graduating students’ worth to prospective employers.
Previously, the council offered a similar exam, the Collegiate Learning Assessment, for use by college administrators. Students took the exam at the start of freshman year, and then upon completing senior year. Faculty members could gauge how effective each school’s curricula was, says Chris Jackson, director of partner development at the Council for Aid to Education.
“We wanted to help colleges assess the kids,” he said. “We need to know how well students are learning, independent of their major field.”
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