Performance Assessment

CLA+ Student Guide

CLA+ Student Guides

What is the CLA+?

The Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+) is a performance-based assessment that measures critical-thinking and written-communication skills. The CLA+ is delivered online to students as a Performance Task and a set of Selected-Response Questions.

Why Do Schools Participate?
Schools participate in CLA+ to discover the extent to which they contribute to the development of their students’ critical-thinking and written-communication skills. Collecting this information is one step in the process of improving teaching and learning.

Why Do Students Participate?
Those of you who participate in CLA+ contribute to the results and data that inform your institution about its students’ learning. After the testing window closes, you will receive a score report on your critical-thinking and writing skills which provides information on how well you performed relative to other students in your class level, both within your institution and across the CLA+. If you have shown proficient or advanced levels of mastery on the skills assessed by the CLA+, you will also be issued a digital badge. Digital badges allow you to illustrate to prospective employers (via an online vault or backpack, an electronic resume, or your LinkedIn profile) that you have attained the skills in college—like critical thinking, problem solving, and effective communication—that are in high demand in today’s workplace.

CLA+ Student Guide

Learn more about the CLA+ and review example questions.