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FAQ

Registration

  • How do I register for the CLT?

    Registration is made through an online account with the CLT. Registrants choose the date and location they prefer from our lists, fill out a brief student profile, and pay online to complete their registration.

    Our step-by-step guide:

    1. Go to the account registration page to create an account. If you already have an account, log into your account.
    2. Once your account is created, select ‘Register for CLT.’
    3. Select a test date and site from the drop-down menus.
    4. Fill out the student profile page.
    5. Make your payment with our secure online portal.
    6. You’re all set!

  • What forms of payment does the CLT accept?

    The CLT accepts Visa and Mastercard; payment must be made online. We are not able to accept payment by cash or check at this time.

  • What’s the difference between the CLT, the CLT10, and the CLT8?

    The CLT is our flagship test, designed for high school juniors and seniors preparing to apply for college. It is an alternative to the SAT and ACT, and is accepted by one hundred and fifty colleges across the country; many colleges that accept the CLT offer academic scholarships to high-scoring students.

    The CLT10 is an alternative to the PSAT and the ACT Aspire, and serves as preparation for the CLT itself. Trigonometry is not included on the CLT10, and there are fewer questions of the highest difficulty level. It is designed for high school freshmen and sophomores. Registration is free. Students who score in the top 1% on the CLT10 are eligible for a $2500 scholarship through our ties with the National Association of Scholars. Go here to learn more and register for the CLT10.

    The CLT8 is designed for 7th and 8th grade students, and evaluates elementary mathematical, grammatical, and literary reasoning. Its format is the same as the CLT and CLT10, and thus helps students prepare for these tests. Go here to learn more and register for the CLT8.

  • What is the registration deadline?

    The registration deadline depends on the testing date and type but is typically a week before the test. All test dates and their registration deadlines are available on the test page. Please note that if you are requesting special accommodations, your registration must be completed six weeks before the test date.

  • What is the payment deadline?

    Registration is only complete upon payment; the deadline to complete registration depends on the test date you select. Payment must be made before a test can be taken.

  • I’m registering multiple children for the CLT. Do I need to file a separate registration for each one?

    Yes. Each student taking the CLT must have their own account and be registered individually.

  • If I’ve already confirmed my registration, can I still cancel or reschedule for a different test date?

    You can cancel or reschedule at any time between when you complete your registration and the registration deadline. If you need to cancel during that period, you are eligible for a full refund; e-mail info@cltexam.com for further details. Once the deadline passes, we are not able to cancel registrations.

  • If I miss my test date and want to re-register, will my payment roll over to my new registration?

    This depends on the circumstances. E-mail info@cltexam.com with inquiries, and we will review each case individually and notify you as soon as possible.

  • I registered and paid on time; could my test date still be cancelled?

    We can only reserve test sites if we have at least two students taking the CLT at that location. Single registrants are encouraged to find a friend to take the test with them, and will receive regular updates on the status of their testing site until any issues are resolved. If we have to cancel your test date, you will be eligible for a full refund.

  • My school is administering the CLT privately to its own students; do I still need to register?

    Not if the test is being given only to the school’s own students. For schools that partner with the CLT, a school administrator account is created, which the school uses to register its students through a bulk import process.

    If you are unsure whether your school is administering the CLT privately, look up the exam day and date. If the exam is being held on a Wednesday, it is being given privately and you do not need to register; if it is being held on a Saturday, it is being given publicly, and you do need submit your own registration to take the test.

Suitability

  • What ages are most suited to the CLT?

    The CLT is designed for high school students applying for college, around 16-18 years of age. Younger students who are interested in the CLT’s assessments are encouraged to take the CLT10, which is designed for students 14-16 years old, or the CLT8, which is designed for 12-14 year old students.

  • What colleges and universities accept the CLT as an admissions qualification?

    Over 150 colleges and universities accept the CLT as an alternative to the SAT and ACT. A full list can be found here.

  • Is the CLT only for students who have received a classical education?

    No. The classic in Classic Learning Test refers to its use of the greatest and most enduring texts that have informed and shaped society. Although these texts are featured prominently in a classical education, the CLT instead emphasizes intellectual aptitude and achievement, by no means limiting itself simply to a classical curriculum.

  • How do homeschoolers perform on the CLT?

    Homeschooled students are among the top performers on the CLT! The CLT draws on the educational principles that have inspired many families to educate their children at home, and we are excited to offer insights into the strengths of this educational mode.

  • Can public school/Montessori students take the CLT?

    The CLT is open to every student, regardless of educational background. Several public schools currently serve as testing sites and are active promoters of this new test.

  • Can my school offer the CLT?

    Yes, in one of two ways. The first is to make your school available as a testing site for one or more Saturday dates (selected from our list); these testing sessions are open to all CLT students, whether they attend your school or not. Students or their parents must register themselves for these testing sessions—there will be no automatic enrollment of your school’s students. Our whole suite of tests (CLT8, CLT10, and CLT) can be offered this way. Go here to learn more and contract with the CLT as a testing site.

    Alternatively, your school can partner with us to offer any or all of our exams in-house to your own students. These testing dates fall on Wednesdays. After being confirmed as a CLT partner, the school will obtain an administrator account with which to make a bulk registration of students, and they do not need to register individually. This provides a more affordable alternative to a school-wide SAT or ACT, and also makes our School Analytics program available, so that school administrators and teachers can get a clear picture of the student body’s academic strengths and progress. To offer the CLT to your students as a partnering school, go here.

  • My child has already taken the SAT/ACT. Can they take the CLT as well?

    All students are welcome to take the CLT, whether for self-evaluation or to send results to colleges. The CLT allows a higher equivalent score than the SAT or ACT, so taking the CLT helps you know how to put your best foot forward.

Accommodations

  • Does the CLT accommodate people with disabilities?

    Accommodations are available for a variety of disabilities. Some documentation of the disability in question is required; this must be filed individually for each student. Please be sure to complete your registration six weeks before the test date in order to take advantage of these accommodations. For more information, see our Testing Accommodations Policy Document.

  • What if I’m not close enough to reach a listed testing site?

    The site choice menu features an option: “No testing site near me.” Select this option and fill out your location, and we will do everything we can to open a testing site within a reasonable travelling distance from you. Every site needs at least two students, so find a friend to take the test with you. If we are unable to open a site within reach of you, you will be eligible for a full refund.

  • Can my child take the CLT at home?

    Although we are unable, for reasons of test integrity, to offer the CLT in student homes, the test is offered at a variety of locations; these include schools, colleges, libraries, and testing centers. If there are no testing sites near you, we will look for an accessible location to open a new site. However, we are able to offer the CLT8 and CLT10 at home

  • In what languages is the CLT available?

    The CLT is currently offered only in English, in Roman and braille scripts.

Testing

  • When is the test administered?

    Public test dates (open to all registrants) are always on Saturdays, to make the test as accessible as possible. See the tests page for a list of all public test dates. Secondary schools can partner with the CLT and administer it as a test to their own students; these testing dates are held on Wednesdays.

  • Can students take the test on their own devices, or do testing sites provide computers?

    Students will normally bring a laptop or tablet for their own use; testing sites must furnish internet access. Some testing sites also choose to provide suitable devices for all students taking the test, but this is exceptional and will be discussed with the testing site and the students in advance.

  • Can I take the CLT on my smartphone?

    For formatting and test security reasons, the CLT cannot be taken on a smartphone. All cellular phones must be turned off and stowed in a backpack or purse, or else left with the proctor, for the duration of the exam.

  • How is the test structured?

    The CLT tests Verbal Reasoning (textual comprehension and analysis), Grammar/Writing (textual editing and improvement), and Quantitative Reasoning (logic and mathematics). Each section consists of 40 questions.

  • Can I bring a calculator?

    The CLT does not allow calculators. The Quantitative Reasoning section is designed to test for logical reasoning abilities, rather than the performance of complex calculations, so calculators are unnecessary.

  • Is there an essay portion of the CLT?

    Optionally, students may compose an essay (based on a prompt provided by the CLT), to send to colleges along with their CLT score; students who choose to write an essay will receive 30 additional minutes to do so. The essay does not affect their numerical score on the exam.

  • How long does the test take? How much time is allotted to each section?

    At the scheduled starting time, the proctor will give 20 minutes of instructions. Students will then have: 40 minutes to complete the Verbal Reasoning section; 35 minutes for the Grammar/Writing section; a 10 minute restroom break; and 45 minutes for the Quantitative Reasoning section, for a total test time of 120 minutes (2 hours).

    Students who choose to write the optional essay will receive an additional 30 minutes to do so.

    Certain time accommodations are offered for students with disabilities.

  • Are students penalized for guesses/wrong answers?

    No. CLT scores are calculated from the cumulative number of correct answers; it therefore benefits students to choose an answer for every question.

  • Can students go back to a section after its allotted time is over?

    No. In order to be scored consistently, the CLT must be completed in section order and in the time given.

  • Can students leave if they finish early?

    All students taking the CLT must remain for the full 2 hours.

  • Who proctors the CLT?

    Typically, proctors are associated with the testing site at which the CLT is administered, but this is not required. Any adult who is at least 21 years of age, and not related to any student taking the CLT at the relevant site and date, can apply to proctor the CLT; athletic coaches may proctor, provided that at least one student is not a current or former player for that coach. Our staff will evaluate applicants and establish contracts with those we select.

Results

  • When do students receive their scores?

    CLT scores are available the same day as the test. Scores can be found through students’ CLT accounts.

  • Are CLT scores sent directly to partnering colleges?

    Students themselves send their CLT scores to any college they wish at any time. For a list of colleges and universities that accept the CLT, go here.

  • How is the CLT scored?

    The test is scored based on the total number of correct answers out of a possible 120.

  • How do CLT scores equate to SAT or ACT scores?

    A perfect 1600 on the SAT, or a perfect 36 on the ACT, approximately equate with a 114 on the CLT. However, the CLT evaluates slightly different capabilities from the SAT and ACT, and students can score as high as 120. For a table of equivalences between SAT/ACT scores and CLT scores, go here.

  • If students want to improve their score, can they retake the CLT?

    The CLT has an open retake policy. Students are welcome to register for any available date, whether to boost their college applications or for self-evaluation.