This week, a new, higher-stakes, more demanding certification exam is being offered by the College Board.
The College Board’s College Level Certification Examination (CLCE) is the first of its kind, offering a test that’s up to two hours long and involves at least 60 questions.
And unlike previous exams, this one has an online component, allowing anyone to take it.
The college-level certification exam requires that students complete a list of 10 items that describe the types of work they’re expected to do in a specific area of study.
And this week, the College of Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, announced it would be offering its own certification exam, the Advanced Certification Examination for Engineering Management, or ACEM.
ACEM was first introduced last year, but it’s not yet available on the College’s own website.
ACM certification has a slightly different format, with items like a statement of purpose, research plan, and other tasks that require students to describe the work that they’re actually doing.
These items are not graded.
Instead, students must take a test to prove their knowledge of the material they’re being asked to write.
The new exam is similar to other college-grade exams, but the College said the ACEM has higher requirements, including more than 300 questions and an exam with multiple choices.
“The College of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is working on developing a certification exam for students who want to pursue a degree in engineering,” said a College of Education spokesman.
“While we are continuing to evaluate this technology, we are excited to see the College Council’s College of Applied Science and Engineering (CAESE) develop a new credential to align with our mission and to help our students attain their dream of becoming a scientist, engineer, or engineer technologist.”
ACEM is a two-hour exam that is designed for students with an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in a STEM field, but is not necessarily required for high school.
The University of California, Berkeley, has offered its own high-level college-quality certification exam.
In addition to being a more rigorous exam, ACEM offers a certification path that students can take at home and on campus.
That path includes a four-hour online course that students take online to demonstrate their knowledge.
College Board CEO David Kallenbaum told ABC News that while the College was interested in the new ACEM exam, he wasn’t sure whether it would make it onto the CollegeBoard’s list of approved high-quality certifications.
“There’s always going to be some people who are going to want to take the ACM test,” Kallensmeier said.
“If you look at what’s going on now, there are some companies and organizations that have really taken advantage of it and that will be the next thing we’re going to look at.”
The College of Computer, Mathematical, and the Arts, which oversees the College, released its own test this week.
The CMAE is a one-hour test that has the same format as ACM, but students will have to take a second test.
“We’re going after the college students who are working in STEM fields and the students who work in fields that aren’t traditionally STEM,” said CMAESE CEO John Hartnett.
“It’s really important to us that they have the best education possible.
It’s the best way to get that education and then be able to get their skills and know-how into the workplace.”
The CFA has also released a test, the Common Core State Standards Test, that has been tested by other organizations and colleges.
The test is designed to provide a clear understanding of the content of the Common Language Association of Secondary Schools (CLASS), and its contents are not necessarily the same as the College level exam.
But many colleges and universities have already taken the Common CFA test and have been successful in getting it onto their own lists of approved certifications, according to the College Of Engineering, which launched its own CFA certification exam in the fall of 2016.
“They’re not going to see a huge difference in their education and career outcomes,” Hartnetts said.
However, the CMA, which is responsible for certifying college students, does have some guidelines for students on what it deems acceptable content.
The Common CMA’s guidelines include a test with a 30-question format that students must complete to demonstrate that they understand the content, and also a “learning goal” checklist that students are asked to complete before they begin taking the test.
But there are other standards the College will not be making its own.
For example, the college has no requirements for the content or content-focused content that it says students should take in the CFA, according a College spokesman.
College leaders are still evaluating the new exam and will decide if it makes the list when it’s ready, Hartnets said.