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FAQ

Accommodations

  • Does the CLT accommodate students with disabilities?

    Classic Learning Test honors special testing accommodations for students with documented disabilities.  Requests for accommodations must be submitted to Classic Learning Test at least eight weeks before the test date. For more details on the accommodations and process for requesting them, please read our disability requirements PDF document.

High Schools

  • Can my high school offer this test in-house to just our students?

    The CLT is offered five times per year, and those five dates are set. Individual students who wish to take the CLT must register for one of those five dates at a convenient test site. According to our "Test Site Contract and Proctor Agreement," Test Sites are not required to offer the CLT for all five tests throughout the year. Check individual Test Site availability at registration. High schools who wish to administer the CLT in-house to their students can do so, but only on one of the five test dates, and they must also give access to outside students. High schools who choose this option may split the students into two groups, in two separate rooms (with a proctor per room), or they can keep all students in one room. Please contact one of our administrators to help you with this option.

  • Are high schools notified of the scores their students receive on the CLT?

    High Schools will receive a student's test score directly from the CLT. Students and parents of students may also directly report test scores to high schools and individual high school teachers.

Scoring

  • What if my student doesn’t score well on the test?

    Every test measures performance on a specific day and time. No test is a complete picture of a student’s academic ability or potential. Some students are simply not good test-takers, and the college admissions portfolio should give a more accurate portrait of their experience, ability, and potential.

  • My child is homeschooled. Do homeschoolers do well on the CLT?

    The exam is accessible to students from any educational background that elevates the good, the true, and the beautiful. The ancient Greek philosophers stressed the same basic ideas about education that homeschool parents and classical school educators affirm today. How students learn to think, what they read, and how they live are all intricately connected. Many homeschooled students who have taken the exam have earned high scores.

  • My child doesn’t have a classical education. Can my student do well on the CLT?

    The classic of the Classic Learning Test does not refer specifically to classical education, but to classic, referring to texts which have stood the test of time. Many of the texts include an element of moral reasoning. Any student raised with a perspective on ethics would be familiar with the concepts presented on the exam.

  • How do students find out their scores? 

    Students receive their scores later in the testing day. The score is also available when logging into the student's CLT account.

Test Sites

  • Will the test be available to take in my state?

    When students register, they will have dozens of options for a Test Site (hopefully hundreds by next year). One option will be “No testing center near me.”  If a student selects this option, our team will then do everything we can to establish a Test Site near that student before the next test.  If we cannot find a Test Site, we will issue a full refund.  We hope to offer the CLT in every state, though some may be left out of these first few rounds as the test gains interest.

  • Does the CLT provide a proctor for the test?

    The CLT does not directly provide a Proctor at Test Sites. Site Coordinators are responsible for finding and training Proctors. CLT will provide a Proctor Manual, but Site Coordinators are responsible for ensuring the Proctor has been fully trained for test day. CLT will compensate Proctors for their time.

  • Do we have to provide a place for students to plug in their laptops?

    It would be helpful if Test Sites provided reasonable access for students to plug in or charge their testing device, but it is not necessary. Students are told to bring their testing device fully charged, and it is the student's responsibility to ensure their testing device has all the hardware and software required for the two-hour test.

  • Do Test Sites need to provide computers for registrants?

    Test Sites do not need to be equipped with computers, though they can if they have the resources available to do so. If a Test Site does not provide computers for registrants, students bring their own computer, laptop, or tablet to the site, and students are responsible for ensuring their computers have adequate software and hardware. The site only needs to have internet availability for students. The only other thing the site provides is a Test Proctor.  Proctors are compensated for their time.

Test Specifics

  • What time does the test start?

    The test starts at 10am in both the Eastern and Central time zones. In the Mountain and Pacific time zones it begins at 9am. Students are to show up 15 minutes early to Test Sites to ensure they are checked in and seated in time for directions, which begin at 10am and 9am, respectively.

  • What is CLI’s religious affiliation?

    CLI is structured and supported by principles and values which come from the rich heritage of the Western academic and theological tradition, what Mortimer Adler called the Great Conversation. To succeed at the Classic Learning Test does not require any specific religious affiliation; the CLT is open to students of all faiths who are serious about their academic work, the pursuit of virtue, and the beauty, truth, and goodness found in our Western heritage.

  • What devices should test-takers use to take the test?

    Students bring their own computer, laptop, or tablet to the site, and students are responsible for ensuring their computers have the adequate software and hardware for the test. A student is responsible for having a device which can connect to the internet and run an up-to-date browser compatible with the test. Students may not use iPhones, iPods, or other electronic devices other than a computer, laptop, or tablet. If you can take the online practice test with your device, the device will be able to run the actual test. Test Sites are not responsible for providing students with a test-taking device, and, unless arrangements have been made with the Test Site, students should not assume a test-taking device will be there for them. The Test Site only needs to have internet availability for students. Students should ensure their testing device is fully charged and prepared for the duration of their test session, approximately 150 minutes. Test Proctors reserve the right to dismiss a student for an unacceptable testing device.

  • Is there an age range for the CLT?

    The CLT is designed to test skills and knowledge on a high school level. It is specifically designed for juniors or seniors, though freshmen and sophomores are welcome to register and take the test.

  • Is the two-hour time period strictly enforced? Will the Test be like the Practice, in that it’s self-paced? Will kids be able to go back to other sections and review or change an answer, if time allows?

    The actual time for the test will be two hours (120 minutes).  The real test will be similar to the practice test in that students will be free to move from one section to another. Proctors will inform students when 40, 80, and 120 minutes have passed.

  • Is the CLT exam testing specific knowledge of Western civilization?

    No, the exam is testing aptitude rather than a specific body of knowledge.

  • How long is the test? When will my student be finished?

    The test takes two and a half hours to administer. In the Eastern and Central time zones students will be let out at 12:30pm. In the Mountain and Pacific time zones students will be let out at 11:30am.

  • How do I pay for the CLT?

    Payment is made online, through the website, through a secure credit card transaction.  Payment is due when a student registers for the test.

  • How can I spread the word about the CLT?

    (1) Please have friends, relatives, and colleagues visit our website. We are expanding nationally, doing so through personal connections with people, classical schools, private secondary schools, etc.  Posting to group Facebook pages and email distribution lists of homeschool, classical and private school networks will be especially helpful.

    (2) Contact the colleges and universities to which your children will apply, or with whom you have an affiliation.  Let them know you want your children to take the CLT.  The CLT exam will be a much better assessment of a home, parochial schooled, or classically educated student.   Those who have rejected Common Core Standards should not be measured by them.