- No more written portion - When I took the CLA exam, it contained a written portion that was 40% of my score. This part of the exam has been removed, which now makes the CLA a 100% practical exam.
- Customize LabVIEW settings prior to exam start - When I took the exam, I had to spend the first few minutes after the clock started customizing LabVIEW (adding Quick Drop shortcuts, turning off auto wire routing, etc. etc.) before I even read the first question. But now, it seems you can ask your proctor to allow you to customize LabVIEW *before* starting the exam. The following is a direct quote from the new CLA Exam Preparation Guide (page 2) on ni.com: "Please note that you will not receive extra exam time to compensate for non-familiarity with the LabVIEW environment. If you need time to customize the environment, please make arrangements with your proctor to hold off on giving you the exam packet until you are ready to start the exam."
- Sample Exam Available - There is now a CLA Practice Exam available...this is a great asset in CLA preparation that I highly recommend taking very seriously. There is also an exam solution available.
- Requirements tracking - 30% of your CLA score is now determined by requirements tracking, the details of which are described in the practice exam and prep guide documents linked above. The exam graders will be using NI Requirements Gateway to verify requirement tracking in your VIs, so make sure you adhere to the [Covers: ] syntax described in the prep guide and sample exam. Note that knowledge of NI Requirements Gateway is *not* a requirement for the CLA.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Changes to the CLA Exam
The Preparing for the CLA post is one of the most highly visited links on my blog, so I figured I should post some updates that I just learned about (thanks to JG's post on LAVA) to the way the CLA exam is now done. Much of the advice I gave in the aforementioned post is no longer valid, so I'd like to highlight some of the new features of the CLA Exam as described on the NI CLA prep website: