Our Suite of Assessments
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. Over 200 colleges that accept the CLT offer academic scholarships to high-scoring students. Go here to learn more and register for the CLT.
The CLT10 is an alternative to the PSAT and the ACT Aspire, and serves as preparation for the CLT or any college entrance exam. Sophomore students who take the CLT10 may be eligible for our CLT10 awards, including the National Award, worth $2,500. Go here to learn more and register for the CLT10.
The CLT8 is designed for 7th and 8th grade students. Its format is the same as the CLT and CLT10, and helps students prepare for these tests. Go here to learn more and register for the CLT8. Students often take this test as an end-of-year assessment.
How much does it cost to take the CLT, the CLT10, or the CLT8?
The CLT costs $54, the CLT10 costs $44, and the CLT8 costs $34. All test fees include comprehensive Student Analytics. Unlimited score shares are also included with the CLT and CLT10.
Who can take CLT exams?
The CLT exam is designed for high school students applying for college, around 16-18 years of age. The CLT8 and CLT10 are designed for younger grades.
- CLT : designed for 11th/12th graders
- CLT10 : designed for 9th/10th graders
- CLT8 : designed for 7th/8th graders
CLT does not limit when students can take these exams, so it is up to the individual what is best for them in their educational pursuits.
Are CLT exams only for students who have received a classical education?
CLT exams are open to every student, regardless of educational background.
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, CLT exams instead emphasize intellectual aptitude and achievement which is not limited to classical curricula.
I graduated a while ago. Can I take the CLT?
The CLT is open to students of all ages, including those who have taken gap years. Please fill out your Student Profile with your correct graduation year (even if it was several years ago) and the GPA you had upon graduation when registering.
Can international students take the CLT?
International students are welcome to take the CLT. They do not need to pay a separate fee to take the exam. All publicly available testing dates are available to them.
How do homeschoolers perform on CLT exams?
Homeschooled students are among the top performers on CLT exams! Our assessments draw on the educational principles that have inspired many families to educate their children at home.
How do I register for an exam?
Registration is made through an online account. Registrants choose the date they prefer, fill out a brief student profile, and pay online to complete their registration.
Our step-by-step guide:
- Go to the account registration page to create an account or sign in to an existing account.
- Once you are logged in, select ‘Register for a Test’ and select the test type you would like.
- Select a test date from the drop-down menu and click ‘Register for Selected Test Date.’
- Complete your student profile, or skip ahead to payment and complete it later.
- Make your payment with our secure online portal.
We’ve also created a short video tutorial to walk you through the process.
You’re all set!
What is the registration deadline?
Please note that if you are requesting testing accommodations, your registration must be completed four weeks before the test date.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept most major credit cards via Stripe. Payment must be made online; we are not able to accept payment by cash or check at this time.
What is the payment deadline?
Payment must be completed by the registration deadline. Unpaid registrations are considered incomplete and will be canceled after registration closes.
Do you offer fee waivers or discounts?
We offer financial assistance up to the full cost of a test for qualifying students. Please fill out our Financial Assistance Request Form so that we can help.
I’m registering multiple children for the CLT. Do I need to file a separate registration for each one?
Each student taking the CLT must have their own account and must be registered individually under a unique email address.
If I’ve already registered for a test, can I cancel or reschedule for a different test date?
Once you’ve registered for a test, you may edit your registration on your student dashboard until the registration deadline. When editing, you may cancel or move your test date to a new date.
If you cancel your registration before the deadline, you are eligible for a refund. Please fill out this form to request a refund.
Once the registration deadline has passed, registrations cannot be edited. If the registration deadline has passed and you would like to transfer your registration, please complete this form.
Please note that we are unable to provide refunds for tests canceled after the registration deadline.
If I miss my test date and want to re-register, will my payment roll over to my new registration?
While we cannot issue a refund for a missed test day, we may be able to transfer your registration to a new date at no cost. Please fill out this form within 10 business days of test day to reschedule your exam.
My school is administering the CLT privately to its own students; do I still need to register?
If your school has partnered with the CLT to administer a test, your school administration is responsible for registering students through their CLT school administrator account.
If you are unsure whether your school is administering the CLT, please contact your school administrator.
Can my school offer CLT exams?
CLT’s entire suite of tests can be offered to your students. If your school would like to use one of these tests as an internal metric to track growth, offer it to your students for scholarships, or as a college entrance exam, we would love to work with you to find the solution that best fits your situation. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Our suite of tests can be offered in the following formats:
- Online, at your school, and proctored internally
- Online, at home, and proctored by a parent*
*Parent-proctoring is only available for the CLT8 and CLT10.
I have already taken the SAT/ACT. Can I 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.
Does you accommodate people with disabilities?
Yes. Testing accommodations are individualized and considered on a case-by-case basis for the CLT and CLT10 examinations. Regardless of diagnosis, all individuals seeking disability-related accommodations must provide evidence that their condition rises to the level of a disability and provide information about functional limitations in areas central to daily life. Accommodations for the CLT10 and CLT must be submitted to CLT for approval at least four weeks prior to the test administration date.
It is no longer necessary to submit requests for accommodations for the CLT8 exam. It is the responsibility of schools, co-ops, and homeschool parents to provide accommodations for the CLT8 that reflect what the student requires in normal classroom settings. Accommodations for the CLT10 and CLT must be submitted to CLT for approval, even if a student has been granted accommodations for the CLT8 in prior academic years.
What testing accommodations are offered on the CLT10 and CLT?
Our most commonly granted accommodations are extended time (25%, 50%, and 100% extended time) and accommodations for students with Type 1 Diabetes. Other, more specific, accommodations may be requested in our Accommodations Request Form.
Do I need to reapply for my accommodations each time I test?
Reapplications are not necessary once a student has been approved for testing accommodations on the CLT or CLT10. If you have previously been granted testing accommodations for the CLT8 and would like to receive them for the CLT or CLT10, please apply for testing accommodations for the CLT or CLT10 you will be taking.
Will my test scores show that I received accommodations?
No. Your accommodations status will never be shared with a college or university and will be kept confidential in order to maintain your privacy.
In what languages are CLT exams available?
CLT exams are currently offered only in English, in Roman and braille scripts.
When is the test administered?
Can students take the test on their own devices, or do testing sites provide computers?
For the at-home CLT8 and CLT10, students will use their own laptop or tablet.
For the remotely-proctored CLT exam, students will furnish their own computer. Please note that tablets are not currently supported for the CLT remotely-proctored test.
For in-school tests, please check with your school.
Can I take CLT exams at home?
The CLT is taken at home on remotely proctored test dates. Please refer to the remote proctoring page for details of the requirements. The CLT8 and CLT10 can be administered at home with a responsible adult, including family members, serving as the proctor.
Can I take CLT exams on my smartphone?
For formatting and test security reasons, CLT exams 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.
Currently, the essay is not available on the remotely proctored exam.
How long does the test take? How much time is allotted to each section?
The CLT and CLT10 tests take 2 hours and 20 minutes to complete, 2 hours of which is testing time.
The test begins with about 20 minutes of instructions and pre-test preparation. Students will then have: 40 minutes to complete the Verbal Reasoning section; 35 minutes for the Grammar/Writing section; and 45 minutes for the Quantitative Reasoning section, for a total test time of 120 minutes (2 hours).
Students taking the CLT in school who choose to write the optional essay will receive an additional 30 minutes to do so.
The CLT8 test takes a total of 2 hours and 15 minutes of testing time. The CLT8 section times are as follows: 45 minutes for Verbal Reasoning, 40 minutes for Grammar/Writing, and 50 minutes for Quantitative Reasoning.
Extended time may be offered as part of approved testing accommodations.
Will I be penalized for guesses or wrong answers?
No. CLT scores are calculated from the cumulative number of correct answers; it benefits students to choose an answer for every question.
When testing, can I return to a previous section after the allotted time is up?
No. In order to be scored consistently, the CLT must be completed in section order and in the time given.
Can I leave the exam if I finish early?
In-school testers taking the CLT must remain for the full test, per in-person proctoring requirements, even if they finish the test early.
At-home testers (remotely-proctored CLT and at-home CLT8s and CLT10s) may finish a section early if they’ve completed it before the allotted time has elapsed. Students may not return to an earlier portion of the exam if they finish a section early.
Who proctors the CLT?
For in-school tests, the testing site will provide a proctor for the exam. Proctors are vetted and approved by CLT and the testing site.
The CLT10 and CLT8 may be taken at home with a parent or another responsible adult as the proctor.
The remotely proctored CLT is proctored through a combination of technology and video/screen recording. Students do not need an adult proctor for the remotely proctored CLT because they must remain alone for the duration of the exam.
Can I take CLT exams on my tablet?
Non-remotely proctored tests, which include the CLT10, CLT8, and the CLT when taken at a school, may be taken on tablets.
The remotely proctored CLT is not compatible with tablets nor with iPads with an attached keyboard. You must take the remotely proctored CLT on a laptop or desktop computer. PCs, Macbooks, and Chromebooks are all acceptable.
When will scores be released?
Students and/or school administrators will be notified of the score release date for their particular exam. Scores can be found through students’ CLT accounts.
CLT8 and CLT10 scores, and In-school-only CLT scores are available on the Tuesday following the exam administration.
Remotely proctored CLT scores, due to additional layers of review, are available on the second Tuesday after the administration.
How is the CLT scored?
CLT uses a number system called a scaled score with a scale that ranges from 0 to 120. Each of three sections (Verbal Reasoning, Grammar/Writing, and Quantitative Reasoning) are scored out of 40.
How do CLT scores equate to SAT or ACT scores?
A perfect 1600 on the SAT, or a perfect 36 on the ACT, approximately equates 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. Please visit our CLT page for more information about concordances for the CLT, and our CLT10 page for information on test concordance.
How do CLT10 scores equate to PSAT scores?
A perfect 1520 on the PSAT approximately equates with a 120 on the CLT10. However, the CLT10 evaluates slightly different capabilities from the PSAT. For a comprehensive review of how the CLT10 compares to the PSAT, go here.
If students want to improve their score, can they retake an exam?
We have an open retake policy. Students are welcome to register for any available date, whether to boost their college applications or for self-evaluation.
Is the CLT accepted by all colleges?
Though the CLT is not accepted by all colleges, over 200 hundred colleges partner with CLT, accepting the exam as a complete replacement of the ACT or SAT. Additionally, with many colleges going test-optional, even colleges who do not partner with CLT will accept CLT scores. Sharing your scores is a great way to strengthen your application and student profile even if they are not required.
CLT Partner Colleges tend to be private, liberal arts, or faith-based colleges which share our mission to reconnect knowledge and virtue in the classroom.
Are CLT scores sent directly to partnering colleges?
Once scores are released, students may send their CLT scores to any college they wish via their student accounts. CLT does not share scores unless a student requests that they be shared. For a list of colleges and universities that have partnered with CLT, go here.
What if the college I want to attend does not accept the CLT?
If you’re interested in applying to a college that isn’t currently a CLT Partner, don’t be discouraged. You can still use CLT to your advantage and ask colleges to consider your test scores! Call the college or university of interest and ask to speak with an admissions representative. Explain what CLT is, why you want to use CLT in the admissions process, and why they should consider your scores. You can share that the CLT best reflects your education and demonstrates your academic excellence. This is a great way to connect with a college and to help CLT gain wider recognition. There have been many cases where these kinds of conversations have led to a new CLT college partnership.
Why should I take the CLT if I have already taken or plan to take the ACT/SAT?
If you are planning on attending a CLT Partner College, sending CLT scores to those colleges demonstrates that you are a student who is well-prepared for their academics. Our Partner Colleges have noted that CLT students do very well in their classes, so these colleges respond with excited interest and generous scholarships to CLT scores.
Even if you are not planning to attend a CLT Partner College, the Student Analytics that accompany each test give invaluable insight into your education, highlighting your strengths and areas for improvement.