By: Brooke Durbin
FORT KNOX, KY. – Cadets took their College Level Assessment (CLA) test on June 15th which was divided into three parts to help them reach their goal of becoming Army officers
“Cadets were tested on three different sections, Cadet Development Assessment (CDA), Miller Analogy and Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA). These three test help them for future assessments so if they’re competing for active duty this is a huge part of what they get assessed on. Each test ranges between 60 to 90 minutes, depending on the test. These tests are one of the main objectives here at camp that leads to them becoming an active duty officer,” explained, Maj. Tom Dyer, San Francisco, CA., University of San Francisco.
This is the third year CST has offered CLA but with the Army forever changing, they’re not sure if they will continue with this particular testing in the future.
When asking Ryan Maclean, Walpole, MA., Providence College RI., what he thought about this assessment he noted, “we’ve gone over a few things not necessarily to prep for this test but to get ourselves ready for the academic portion of the summer training exercise. This test shows that there’s more to this Cadet training than just being physically fit and being able to lead troops, there’s also an academic portion. It was a positive experience being able to think analytically, take information, analyze it and respond to it with more time than just quick decision making.”
Marques Adams, Chicago, IL., University of North Florida said,“We were presented with a scenario in which there was a problem and you kind of gave your opinion based upon how you felt the issue should be addressed.”
Maj.Dyer elaborated on some of the responses he has received from Cadets. He stated, “Reactions are definitely skewed. A lot of them feel confident about it but a lot also feel when they got their results back they could have done better. I think it’s definitely an eye opener to some of them, especially to some of the schools that may not have prepped their Cadets for this, it can really be a shock to them.”
Cadets on average must score a 400 to pass this level of assessment. Although it may not make or break them here at camp it could if they plan on assessing to active duty. As a result, this test plays a key role in Cadets training in becoming a future Army Officer.