CLA – C Programming Language Certified Associate Certification

C Programming Language Certified Associate (CLA) is a professional certificate that measures your ability to accomplish coding tasks related to the basics of programming in the C programming language, as well as fundamental programming techniques, customs and vocabulary, including the most common library functions and the usage of the preprocessor.

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A test candidate should demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the following concepts:

♦ the universal concepts of computer programming and developer tools;
♦ the syntax and semantics of the C language as well as data types offered by the language;
♦ writing programs using standard language infrastructure regardless of the hardware or software platform.

Exam name:   CLA – C Programming Language Certified Associate
Exam code:   CLA
Associated certifications:   CLP – C Certified Professional Programmer,
CLS – C Certified Senior Programmer
Pre-requisites:   None
Exam version:   1.0 (2012), 2.0 (2015) CLA-11-02
Duration:   65 minutes (exam) + 10 minutes (NDA/Tutorial)
Number of questions:   55
Format:   Multiple-choice
Passing score:   70%
Full exam price:   USD 295 (see discount information)
Languages:   English

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Rescheduling and canceling

C++ candidates must reschedule and cancel exam appointments at least one full business day (24 hours) before the appointment via the Candidate website (www.pearsonvue.com/cpp) or the Call Centre (+44 161 855 7483). Appointments must be rescheduled within the authorised exam delivery period. All registrations with special requests must be rescheduled or canceled through the Call Centre.

Accommodation of disabilities

C++ Institute will endeavour to accommodate any special requirements. Candidates must submit their requests to C++ Institute (support@cppinstitute.org), who will then notify Pearson VUE by email. Special requests may include:

  • 25% time extension;
  • Adjustable font;
  • Adjustable contrast.

No automatic time extension is given to candidates who reside in a country where the first language is not English.

Retake policy

When a candidate fails an exam, he or she must wait 15 days before being allowed to re-sit that exam. There is no limit to the number of times a candidate may retake an exam. No retakes of a successfully passed exam are allowed.

Each candidate who has paid the full exam price (USD 295), or has completed the CLA course in the self-study mode (50% discount voucher) in the C/C++ Education Platform, is eligible for a free retake of the CLA exam. A candidate who meets the above criteria and wants to receive a free voucher to re-sit a failed exam must write an email to services@cppinstitute.org no later than 30 days after failing the exam, and include in the message the following details:

  • text in the subject line of an email: CLA exam – retake voucher request;
  • information in the body of an email: C++ Institute Testing ID, date of failed exam (day-month-year), full name, email address associated with a candidate’s Pearson VUE account.

A voucher entitling the candidate to a free retake of the exam will be sent within 7 days of receiving the request. The voucher is valid for at least 45 days.

Tutorials

Need help starting your Pearson VUE web account for C++ Institute exams? Don’t know how to connect your Pearson VUE web account with your C++ Institute student account? Not sure how to schedule an exam? Check out our tutorials!

If you’re ready to take the CLA exam, all you need to do is set up a Pearson VUE web account and schedule the exam at www.pearsonvue.com/cpp (click the buttons on the left and right below for assistance). If you are also a student at our C/C++ Education Portal, don’t forget to connect your student account with your Pearson VUE web account (click the middle button below for assistance) so that you are able to claim your voucher upon completion of the CLA course.

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