Post-graduation exam determines learning outcomes for employers

August 30, 2013

A new post-PSE exam seeks to test the critical thinking skills of students in order to determine their potential value to employers. Created by the US non-profit Council for Aid to Education, the Collegiate Learning Assessment Plus (CLA+) will test students in critical thinking, problem-solving, scientific and quantitative reasoning, writing, and the ability to critique and make arguments. The test builds on an earlier one that tested students in first year and again in fourth year to determine curricula effectiveness. The CLA+ is partially in response to calls for determined learning outcomes by employers, who are increasingly less-interested in specific majors. The test will be available for a fee to anyone, and more than 200 PSE institutions in the US will administer the exam to students this spring, who can then share results with potential employers. USA Today