Benchmark Assessment for 7th & 8th Graders
The CLT8 is an online diagnostic or high school readiness assessment designed for 7th and 8th graders. It can be proctored by a parent at home or taken in-school at participating institutions.
If you are a school administrator seeking to administer the CLT8 to your students, please visit this page for available test dates and ordering instructions.
CLT8 Exam – At a Glance
Diagnostic or high school readiness assessment for 7th and 8th graders
Contains three sections: Verbal Reasoning, Grammar & Writing, and Quantitative Reasoning
Fulfills end-of-year testing requirements in most states
2 hours 15 minutes
Within 4 business days
Upcoming Test Dates for CLT8
Tuesday March 7, 2023
Registration Deadline: March 2, 2023
This test is available from March 7th to March 8th, 2023.
Score Release: Tuesday, March 14th
Tuesday May 9, 2023
Registration Deadline: May 4, 2023
This test is available from May 9th to May 11th, 2023.
Score Release: Tuesday, May 16th
Tuesday September 12, 2023
Registration Deadline: September 7, 2023
This test is available from September 12th to September 13th, 2023.
Tuesday November 7, 2023
Registration Deadline: November 2, 2023
In-School Testing Day
Practice for the CLT8
So you’re registered for a test. Now what? Download our CLT8 sample test (answer key included) to familiarize yourself with the content and structure of the exam. You’ll be able to see which types of questions we ask and understand the exam’s overall level of difficulty.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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 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.
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“This was my first standardized test and I was a little nervous while taking it. But I had fun doing the Verbal Reasoning!”
“I thought it was an extremely well-written test, and I look forward to taking the CLT 10 in two years.”