Get Hired Faster by Taking the CLA+

Barry Lenson

What is the CLA+?If you’re looking for a job, you know how hard it is to stand out from all the other job-seekers today. Here’s one way to gain an edge over them . . .

Take the CLA+ Exam

What is the CLA+? 

The Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+) is a problem-based assessment test developed by the Council for Aid to Education (CAE). It measures your analytical reasoning, problem-solving skills, written communication skills, and critical thinking.

Why would you want to take another test now that you’re done with school? Because your scores will show employers that you have the specific skills, and smarts to fill the jobs that they’re trying to fill.

Here are two reasons why . . .

  • Hiring companies are starting to doubt that students learn important skills in college. They’ve hired students in the past who had earned excellent grades, but those students have turned out to be mediocre employees. An article that Melissa Korn wrote for The Wall Street Journal on April 10 (“Your College Major Is a Minor Issue, Employers Say”) reports that only 56% of employers believe that colleges are preparing grads to succeed in the real world.
  • The CLA+ helps potential employers understand more about you. They won’t just see you as an English major, a computer programmer, a graphic designer or an electrical engineer. They’ll see you as someone who has the specific skills that they need. According the Wall Street Journal article mentioned just above, your major doesn’t matter too much to potential employers today. They’re looking for communication skills, critical thinking, and the ability to solve problems. Your CLA+ scores will tell them that you possess those skills, and will be an excellent hire.

Act Soon to Show Employers that You’re the Best

The CLA+ exam takes only 90 minutes, it costs $89. It is now available through StraighterLine. Visit StraighterLine’s Collegiate Learning Assessment page to learn more.

But there’s a small catch. The deadline to register for the test this year is November 11. So if you want to gain the critical edge that the CLA+ can give you, be sure to act soon.

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