Looking for a Job? The CLA+ Will Give You an Edge

Barry Lenson

Collegiate Learning Assessment provides help finding a jobThe Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+) is a problem-based assessment test developed by the Council for Aid to Education (CAE). What gets assessed? YOU do – the CLA+ measures your analytical reasoning, problem-solving skills, written communication skills, and critical thinking. The test takes 90 minutes, it costs $89, and it is now available through StraighterLine.

Why would you want to take another test, especially when you are done with school and starting to look for jobs? There are some pretty compelling reasons. The biggest one is that after you have taken the CLA+, your scores and results can show potential employers that you have the abilities, skills, and overall smarts to excel on the job that they’re trying to fill.

Here are some reasons why . . .

The results of the CLA+ are easy for employers to digest and understand. They don’t have to think, “I am looking for a critical thinker,” and then comb through all your course records to figure out whether you fill the bill. The results of the CLA+ answers questions like that immediately and makes it easier for employers to see your strengths.

The results of the test help potential employers see beyond your major and understand more about you. Instead of being seen as only a computer programmer, a graphic designer or an electrical engineer, you are seen as a person who possesses specific skills that the employer is seeking. They don't need to look at the classes you took to fulfill your general education requirements and try to figure out exactly what they taught you. Interesting: According to “Your College Major Is a Minor Issue, Employers Say,” an article that Melissa Korn wrote for The Wall Street Journal on April 10, your major doesn’t matter too much to potential employers. Korn cites a survey by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, which found that 93% of employers are looking for communication skills, critical thinking, and the ability to solve problems. And as you’ve noticed, those are the same skills that the CLA+ will tell them about.

Your test results will help dispel any doubts that companies have about your college or education. Sure, your transcript reports that you got high grades in all the courses you took. But skeptical companies are likely to wonder, “How hard were those courses” and, “Was grade inflation taking place and making all students look better than they really were?” Reality: According to the Association of American Colleges and Universities survey mentioned just above, only 56% of employers believe that colleges are doing a good job of preparing grads to succeed in the real world.

Let the CLA+ Give You an Edge in Job Hunting

Visit StraighterLine’s Collegiate Learning Assessment page to enroll and get the power of the CLA+ working for you as you launch your career.

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