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Community College Learning Assessment (CCLA)

The Community College Learning Assessment Plus is a nationally standardized exam that assesses the degree to which community colleges contribute to student development in critical thinking, problem solving, written communication, and scientific and quantitative thinking.   

Please note that as a token of our appreciation and your patience, the first 100 students to complete the assessment will be eligible to enter a drawing for one of three gift cards in the amount of $100, $75, or $50.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who takes the CCLA+?
All students who petition to graduate Spring 2014.

When will the assessment be administered?
The assessment period begins on Friday, February 14 and ends on Friday, March 14.

Where will the assessment take place?
The CCLA+ will be administered at Howard Community College’s Test Center located in the Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall (RCF-366). 

Do I need an appointment?
It is not necessary for students to make an appointment; the assessment will be administered on a walk-in basis Monday through Friday.

Walk-in CCLA+ sessions are available during the following days and times:

Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Tuesday: 1:00PM to 6:00PM
Friday: 10:00AM to 3:00PM

How long does the assessment take?
You are allotted 105 minutes to complete the assessment.  This does not mean it will necessarily take you the entire time to complete the assessment.

What if I have a disability?
Please contact Disability Support Services at 443-518-4629 or via Maryland Relay (410) 767-8828 to make arrangements to take the CCLA+. 

Do I need to bring anything with me?
A valid (unexpired) government or institutional issued photo identification, such as your student ID, driver’s license, passport, or military ID.  All personal items will be placed in lockers, including books, notes, pens, pencils, calculators, cellular telephones, electronic devices, purses, lip balm, watches, wallets and keys. All pockets must be empty.

What is involved in taking the CCLA?
The CCLA+ is a computer-based, online assessment that involves preparing essay responses to simple prompts, analyzing passages or answering multiple choice questions.

Do I need to study or review any material for this assessment?
No. You do not need to study as this is an assessment of your overall educational experience, which is not subject-specific.

How will this assessment affect my grade point average or graduation status?
We ask that you approach this assessment seriously and do your best since the results are designed to assist faculty and administrators to enhance teaching and learning.  Remember though, Howard Community College, not the student, is being assessed. Therefore, the results will not effect your graduation or grade point average in any way.

Will I receive the results of the assessment?
Students completing the assessment during the Spring 2014 semester will receive their results in August.  These are sent to you because we believe you are entitled to the results of any assessment you take. We ask you provide a valid e-mail during the CCLA+ so you can get your results sent to you.  Still, what the college is interested in is the total results of its graduating class, not the results of any individual student.  If you would like to have more information about your scores, please contact the Learning Outcomes Assessment Office at 443-518-4705.

Will my scores be kept on file in my student record?
No.

Who should I contact if I would like additional information?
If you have any further inquiries please contact Christi Ewing in the Test Center at 443-518-4146, Pippa Smith in Records or Registration at 443-518-3047 or Susan Hellenbrand in the Learning Outcomes Assessment Office at 443-518-4705.