Thursday, August 29, 2013

Those Student Loans Were for What Again?

Okay, you have your degree. Are you still a dummy?
For years, employers have relied on graduating students' grade point averages to assess their skills and potential. But employers as well as colleges have been wondering for years, can a GPA alone really tell you that much?

Next spring, seniors at 200 colleges will be offered the chance to take a new test billed by some as a "post-grad exit exam," which may prove more important than that coveted high GPA.

The 90-minute Collegiate Learning Assessment Plus (CLA+) is an expansion of the Collegiate Learning Assessment, which 700 schools have already used to measure their own performances. On a scale of 1600 (like the SATs), the CLA+ evaluates students' problem solving, quantitative reasoning, writing and critical reasoning faculties.

"What we’re offering to students is the opportunity to illustrate to employers that they have these skills," Chris Jackson, director of business development at the Council for Aid to Education, the non-profit that created the CLA+, told MSN News.
Student guide with sample question here in a PDF.


ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

So somebody can just teach to the test (for a nice fee, of course), and one can skip all that fancy collage stuff.


fish said...

When Harvard graduates were asked when they planned to take the CLA+, the most common responses:

1) Blow me
2) No, seriously, blow me
3) You have got to be fucking kidding me