Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA)?
What is the purpose of the CLA?
How long is the CLA?
What do I need to bring to the CLA?
Where do I go for the exam?
What are the incentives for completing the CLA?
When will the winners for the drawing be announced?
How do I register for the CLA?
What if I need to cancel or re-schedule my appointment?
The Collegiate Learning Assessment is a national program of the Council for Aid to Education. The CLA measures are designed to test for critical thinking, analytic reasoning, problem solving, and written communication skills. The assessment consists of open-ended questions, is administered to students online, and controls for incoming academic ability. This internet-based assessment is offered to freshmen in the fall and seniors in the spring. Students are given access to their scores online along with a comparison of how they performed in relation to others students who took the assessment.
The CLA allows CSUSB to exam the university's contribution to student's education. The scores are anonymous and students are not impacted in any way by the results.
The exam is 90-minutes.
Students will be required to show a photo id when they check in and know their student identification number.
All students will report to the University Hall Building, Basement for check in.
- Every student who participates will get priority registration for winter quarter
There will be opportunity drawings for the following prizes:
- 3 parking permits for fall quarter
- 8 @ $25 Bookstore Certificates
- 5 @ $50 Bookstore Certificates
- 2 @ $75 Bookstore Certificates
- 1 Samsung Galaxy Tablet
If Undergraduate Studies tests the minimum 100 students by March 8, winners will be announced on Monday, April 1, 2014. Winners will be notified via in person, or by email and/or telephone.
Registration is done online via the CLA Registration Form. Please completely fill out the requested information and select two desired test sessions. Testing Office staff will verify your eligibility to test, assign you to a session according to seat availability, and send you an email confirmation.
Students that need to cancel or re-schedule their appointment can contact the Testing Office at 909-537-5045.