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®.
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
Within 8 business days
Upcoming Test Dates for CLT
Thursday December 8, 2022
Registration Deadline: December 1, 2022
Thursday February 16, 2023
Registration Deadline: February 2, 2023
In-School Testing Day
Wednesday April 26, 2023
Registration Deadline: April 12, 2023
In-School Testing Day
Saturday May 20, 2023
Registration Deadline: May 15, 2023
Score Release: Tuesday, May 30th
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.”
“It was the only standardized test I took where I felt like I was being tested in a way that mattered.”