CLT in Florida
Thanks to legislation passed in May of 2023, Florida students are eligible to earn Bright Futures Scholarships with CLT scores. Florida is also the first state in the nation to approve the CLT as an accepted admissions test at all state public universities and to fund all school districts to utilize the CLT for 11th graders.
With expanded options for admissions testing, Florida students now have greater opportunities to showcase their academic potential and reach their college goals.
CLT for Bright Futures
Effective July 1, 2023, students graduating in the 2023-24 academic year and thereafter may use CLT scores to satisfy the minimum test score requirements for the Florida Bright Futures Florida Academic Scholarship (FAS) or the Florida Bright Futures Florida Medallion Scholarship (FMS).
Students who earn a 96 or above are eligible for the FAS award and students who earn an 84 or above are eligible for the FMS award.
CLT for Florida College Admissions
In September 2023, Florida’s Board of Governors voted to approve the CLT as an accepted admissions test at all state public universities.
CLT is also accepted at an additional 14 private colleges and universities in Florida.
Florida approves ‘Classic Learning Test’ for college admissions
The Hill, Tiah Shepherd (September 8, 2023)
Florida Expected to Approve Classical Exam as a Competitor to the SAT
The New York Times, Dana Goldstein (September 6, 2023)
DeSantis’ Revolutionary Defense of the Classics
Wall Street Journal, Cornel West and Jeremy Tate (May 12, 2023)
New test replacing SAT/ACT in Florida
Fox Friends First (May 10, 2023)
Florida College Overhauled by DeSantis Will Accept Standardized Exam Based on Classical Education
The Daily Wire, Ben Zeisloft (May 10, 2023)
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the anticipated uses for the CLT in Florida?
- Bright Futures Scholarship
- College Admissions
- State Funded In-School Test for 11th Graders
- Dual-Credit Eligibility
- Graduation Equivalence
How soon can students use CLT scores to qualify for Bright Futures Scholarships?
Qualification for Bright Futures Scholarships using CLT scores will begin with 2023-2024 juniors and seniors.
How will scores be reported to qualify for Bright Futures Scholarships?
Information and instructions for score submission is forthcoming. Students will be able to submit scores at any point in the academic year to qualify for Bright Futures.
Does this mean I can use my CLT score to apply to any Florida college?
The following are our official Partner Colleges in Florida who accept the CLT for admissions:
- Ave Maria University
- Florida College
- Florida A&M University
- Florida Atlantic University
- Florida Gulf Coast University
- Florida International University
- Florida Polytechnic University
- Florida State University
- New College of Florida
- Palm Beach Atlantic University
- Pensacola Christian College
- Reformation Bible College
- Saint Leo University
- Southeastern University
- Stetson University
- Trinity Baptist College
- Trinity College of Florida
- University of Central Florida
- University of Florida
- University of North Florida
- University of South Florida
- University of West Florida
- Warner University
We are continuing to add Partner Colleges and expect this list to grow in the coming months.
Is CLT religiously or politically affiliated?
CLT is not religiously or politically affiliated. What differentiates CLT from other standardized tests is that the CLT does not censor reading passages from different viewpoints and includes content on a variety of topics, including philosophy, religion, literature, history, science, and more. The majority of these passages are drawn from classic literature and historical texts that have had a lasting influence on Western culture and society.
Students do not need a prior knowledge of these texts to succeed on the CLT; instead, what is assessed is a student’s ability to read, comprehend, and analyze a text. Students who take the CLT will read atheist as well as religious authors, Karl Marx as well as Adam Smith, Aristotle as well as Mahatma Gandhi. These are the texts that students are likely to encounter throughout high school and college, and by the end of high school, students should be able to read texts that they agree or disagree with and glean information from them.