The CLA is being administered to 100 freshmen in the fall and 100 seniors in the spring in an effort to gauge the effectiveness of colleges to improve the critical thinking, problem solving, and written communications skills of their students.
Only first-time full-time freshmen with less than 15 credits and full-time seniors with more than 105 credits (45 credits in associates programs) are eligible to participate. In addition, seniors must have started at the same school as freshmen.
Participation in the CLA is by invitation only. Colleges have lists of eligible students that have been randomly selected to represent their school.
Your performance on the CLA will not affect your student status or class standing.
Your participation is important in helping to demonstrate your school’s contribution to your learning. The more students who participate, the more confident your college can be about its results.
Please respond to the invitation you have received and sign up for a CLA session that is convenient for your class schedule.
If you received an invitation to participate in the CLA, but have not yet scheduled an exam appointment, please contact your college’s Testing Office. Campus contacts.
In the CLA exam session, you will have 60 minutes to respond to a Performance Task and 30 minutes to respond to 25 selected response questions.
If you do not have an SAT or ACT score on file, you will be asked to take a short multiple-choice Scholastic Level Exam (SLE) after the CLA to estimate your Entering Academic Ability when you entered CUNY. All community college students will take the SLE as part of the CLA.
The Selected Response Questions focus on three areas:
Scientific and quantitative reasoning - 10 questions
Critical reading and evaluation skills - 10 questions
Critique-an-Argument - 5 questions
Your CLA results will be available in late February if you test in the fall; and in August if you test in the spring. If you entered a valid email address when completing the online CLA profile, you will receive an email notification with instructions on how to retrieve your results.