CLT Author Bank

Discover the Authors Used on the CLT Exam

Standardized testing isn’t just about results. At CLT, we believe standardized testing provides an invaluable opportunity to engage students with the texts and authors that have shaped history and culture.

No more meaningless reading passages stripped of beauty, rich vocabulary, virtue, and intellectual rigor. CLT exams recognize the men and women who have contributed to the richness of philosophy and thought that we have inherited. Two-thirds of CLT reading and writing passages are drawn from the list of authors below.

Want to learn more about these authors? Read the CLT Journal which features short essays engaging with influential ideas and thinkers. Or, join our Journey Through the Author Bank seminar series, hosted live via Zoom every week.

Authors (By Last Name)




“Tyrannical power should not be the aim either of individuals or states, if they would be happy, but virtue.”



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