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College "Exit Exams" on the Horizon?

New test measures critical thinking and analytic skills employers say they are looking for.
(NBC News)  Graduating college students may soon have a new tool to showcase their abilities to potential employers.

The college exit test known as the "CLA Plus" evaluates the skills many employers say they care most.

The exam measures a student's critical thinking and analytical skills through a part essay part multiple choice assessment.

Hart Research Associates recently surveyed more than 300 hundred employers who hire graduates 
and 93 percent said those skills are more important than what a student majored in.

Still, career coach Joan Sherman doubts employers will give the test much consideration.

"I don't think taking an assessment would help you find a job," she says.  "The really important thing is for you to give a succinct pitch about who you are what you want to do."

Universities have been using a similar test for years to internally evaluate their programs.

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