CLT Exam

The New Standard for College Entrance Exams

The CLT is an online college entrance exam for 11th and 12th graders. Accepted at hundreds of colleges across the US, the CLT is an alternative to the SAT® and ACT®. Over $100 million in scholarships are tied to CLT scores annually.

If you are a school administrator seeking to administer the CLT to your students, please visit this page for available test dates and ordering instructions.

CLT Exam – At a Glance

Online college entrance exam geared toward 11th and 12th graders

Test in school or with remote proctoring*

Contains three sections: Verbal Reasoning, Grammar & Writing, and Quantitative Reasoning

Optional essay included



2 Hours


$54 **


Within 8 business days

Upcoming Test Dates for CLT

Remotely Proctored



Saturday April 15, 2023

Registration Deadline: April 10, 2023

Abilene Christian University

This test is sponsored by Abilene Christian University. Click the logo above to fill out an inquiry form to ACU to get a code to take this CLT for free.

Score Release: Tuesday, April 25th



Wednesday April 26, 2023

Registration Deadline: April 12, 2023

In-School Testing Day

Remotely Proctored



Saturday May 20, 2023

Registration Deadline: May 15, 2023

Torrey Honors College

This test is sponsored by the Torrey Honors College, Biola University. Click the logo above to fill out Biola’s inquiry form to get a code to take this CLT for free.

Score Release: Tuesday, May 30th

Remotely Proctored



Thursday June 15, 2023

Registration Deadline: June 8, 2023

Ave Maria University

This test is sponsored by Ave Maria University. Come back later to fill out an application to AMU to get a code to take this CLT for free.

Score Release: Thursday, July 6th

Remotely Proctored



Thursday July 27, 2023

Registration Deadline: July 20, 2023

Remotely Proctored



Thursday August 17, 2023

Registration Deadline: August 10, 2023

Remotely Proctored



Saturday September 16, 2023

Registration Deadline: September 11, 2023



Tuesday September 19, 2023

Registration Deadline: September 6, 2023

In-School Testing Day

Remotely Proctored



Saturday October 14, 2023

Registration Deadline: October 9, 2023



Wednesday October 18, 2023

Registration Deadline: October 4, 2023

In-School Testing Day

Remotely Proctored



Thursday November 2, 2023

Registration Deadline: October 26, 2023

Remotely Proctored



Saturday December 2, 2023

Registration Deadline: November 27, 2023

A College Entrance Exam That Digs Deeper

The SAT® and ACT® are designed to reflect public school curricula, specifically the Common Core State Standards framework. The CLT is different.

Instead of evaluating how much students have crammed for the test, CLT considers students’ intellectual capacity and aptitude, and puts them in front of meaningful pieces of literature that have stood the test of time.

See why so many students are signing up to take the CLT instead of other college entrance exams.

Which Colleges Accept the CLT?

The CLT is gaining broad acceptance by colleges and universities across the United States. Find out which schools partner with CLT and provide scholarships based on CLT scores.

Get Ready for the CLT

Make sure you are prepared to take the CLT exam. Find resources on test content, order a Student Guide, and take a practice test.

Test Day Expectations

Find out system requirements, proctoring guidelines, and what is expected on the day you take the CLT.

Register for Your Free CLT Account

The first step toward taking the CLT is to create a free account. With your account, you can sign up for a test, try a practice exam, and take your in-person or remotely proctored exam.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the CLT accepted by all colleges?
How do CLT scores equate to SAT or ACT scores?
Why should I take the CLT if I have already taken or plan to take the ACT/SAT?
Will I be penalized for guesses or wrong answers?
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“The CLT was fun to take, because it was engaging. The exam wasn’t just solving pointless puzzles; it was really about thinking.”

Caroline A.

CLT Test Taker

“It was the only standardized test I took where I felt like I was being tested in a way that mattered.”

Lianna Y.

CLT Test Taker

“Knowledge unfits a child to be a slave.”

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass