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Student Assurance of Learning for Graduating Students

    The Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Assurance of Learning Assessment for graduating HR students is the new universal benchmark for students who are completing an HR degree and who have little to no work experience in HR. It benefits students by showing employers the student has acquired the minimum knowledge required to be a successful HR professional, and it gives recent graduates an important advantage over other entry-level candidates by showing the student has achieved the Certificate of Learning upon passing an exit exam. The assessment helps universities meet their accrediting body's assurance of learning requirements because it helps show the HR degree program teaches what it states it will teach. And, it helps employers know that the student has taken an additional step to ensure their degree, complemented by the Certificate of Learning achievement, adequately prepares them for their career in HR. As part of SHRM's broader academic initiative, the Assessment represents an important step along an HR professional's career development path. It complements both formal classroom knowledge acquired through a degree program and experiential learning gained through internships.


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    Exam Basics

    The Assessment is comprised of 160 multiple choice questions, about 30% of which are scenario-related questions to test the examinee's ability apply HR knowledge. The 160 questions are categorized into six overarching content groups covering 18 separate HR content areas, detailed below. Four (4) hours are allotted for each examinee to complete the assessment. The Assessment is administered at Prometric test centers around the world. Additional fees apply if an examinee selects a test site outside the U.S.

    THREE 30-DAY EXAM WINDOWS occur each year:
    • March 15 – April 15
    • July 15 – August 15
    • October 15 – November 15

    Graduating human resources students:

    Registration for SHRM's Assurance of Learning Assessment is open now through July 5, 2014 for the exam period July 15, 2014 through August 15, 2014.  The Assessment offers students without HR work experience the opportunity to demonstrate to potential employers that they have acquired the knowledge to be a successful HR employee.  Students in an HR-related program who have or will graduate between April 16, 2013 and August 15, 2015 are eligible to take the exam.  For details and to register, see: