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The Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+) is conducted by the Council for Aid to Education (CAE). Students’ written responses to the tasks are evaluated to assess the abilities to think critically, demonstrate scientific and quantitative reasoning, solve problems, write and critique, and make arguments.  In addition, the CLA+ assists faculty, department chairs, school administrators and others interested in programmatic change to improve teaching and learning, particularly with respect to strengthening higher order skills. For more information go to the CLA+ Website.

Students Who Should Participate

First-time freshman students participate during the Fall semester and seniors graduating in May and August are invited to participate each Spring semester.
  • The CLA+ includes Performance and Analytic Writing Tasks meant to measure analytic reasoning and evaluation, writing effectiveness, writing mechanics, and problem solving.
  • “Performance Tasks ask students to complete a ‘real life’ activity, such as preparing a memo or policy recommendation.”
  • “The Analytic Writing Task contains two types of essay prompts: a Make-an Argument section in which students are asked to take a position and craft a persuasive argument and a Critique-an-Argument section which requires students to identify and describe logical flaws in a given argument.”

CLA+ Administration Dates/Times

(Time Allowance:  3 hours)
Examination Date Examination Time
October 11, 2019
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
October 13, 2019 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
October 14, 2019
 4:00 - 7:00 pm

Benefits of Participation

The CLA+ allows A&M-Texarkana to benchmark and compare the progress our students have made relative to the progress of students at other colleges and universities. The results of the study will contribute to ways in which faculty and administrators can lead improvements in teaching and learning.

Incentives for Participation

CLA+ completers receive a gift card upon verification of test completion.

ADA Accommodations

Students with disabilities can contact the Disabilities Office at (903) 223-3062 or Carl Greig at carl.greig@tamut.edu. Accommodations MUST be in place one (1) week prior to scheduled appointment.

Updated October 25, 2019

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