NEW YORK (CNN) - Remember studying for the dreaded SAT’s to get into college? Well, it's not as far in the rearview as you might have hoped.
Next spring, 200 colleges across the country plan to launch a new test for students nearing graduation.
This test is designed to help employers determine a student's real value in the workplace. It's called the "Collegiate Learning Assessment," "CLA Plus" for short, and it's gaining in popularity.
Like the SAT, it's scored on a 16-hundred point scale, but assesses much broader things, like critical thinking, reasoning, literacy, writing and communication.
The idea is to give a better picture of a student's skills, beyond just their GPA. Many employers apparently think grades alone can be misleading.
The test can be helpful not just for hiring managers, but for the students themselves, as well. It will give them a tool, to go out and market their skills. Sometimes, students with great grades don't have other key talents, which can be revealed through the test.
The flipside is that students who may not have a high GPA can shine if they take this test, and use the CLA to show off their critical thinking, and other skills that may not be revealed by grades alone.
While it makes the battle for jobs even more competitive. The good news is, it can also increase the quality of our co-workers.