Assessments for 3rd – 6th Graders
The CLT3, 4, 5, and 6 are assessments for young learners in grades 3-6. Incorporating classic children’s literature, fables, poetry, historical non-fiction, and more, CLT3-6 engage students with great ideas and reflect a holistic education.
The next CLT3-6 test administration will take place from April 22 – May 17, 2024 in schools (paper or online) and at home (online). Schools can learn more about registration on the For Schools page. Registration information will be available soon for at-home testers.
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CLT 3-6 – At a Glance
Assessments geared toward 3rd – 6th graders
Contain four sections: Verbal Reasoning (2) and Quantitative Reasoning (2)
Fulfills end-of-year testing requirements in most states
Approx. 2-3 hours
What is on the CLT3-6?
CLT3, CLT4, CLT5, and CLT6 contain two Verbal Reasoning and two Quantitative Reasoning sections for a total of 140 questions. The Verbal Reasoning sections measure a student’s ability to comprehend and analyze texts sourced from classic children’s literature including poetry, fairy tales, fables, and historical fiction, as well as from non-fiction sources representing history, civics, and the arts.
The Quantitative Reasoning sections measure a student’s ability to perform arithmetic and mathematical computations and to reason geometrically and mathematically.
What specific skills are tested on the CLT3-6?
The two Verbal Reasoning sections of the CLT3-6 exams make up a total of 80 questions:
- The Verbal Reasoning: Grammar section contains questions on orthography, parts of speech, and sentence structure & diagramming.
- The Verbal Reasoning: Reading Comprehension and Writing section contains questions on textual analysis, reading comprehension, and writing concepts & skills.
The two Quantitative Reasoning sections of the CLT3-6 exams make up a total of 60 questions:
- The Quantitative Reasoning: Math Content and Quantitative Reasoning: Reasoning Skills sections both test arithmetic & operations, geometrical reasoning, and mathematical reasoning.
See our Assessment Framework Brief outlining the specific skills tested at each grade level.
All exams are accompanied by in-depth analytics that provide tangible feedback on students’ strengths and weaknesses in 15+ academic domains, helping educators track growth and adapt instruction as needed.
Features of analytics include:
- Emphasis on the essentials (reading, writing, reasoning)
- Straightforward organization and readability
- Accessible content standards to see what was assessed
- Percentile reports, including Lexile and Quantile scores
- Best questions to ask about curriculum and instruction
What Teachers Are Saying
“The test was beautiful, enjoyable, and more aligned to our school than previous standardized tests. The length and duration were ideal also. We look forward to the ease of data reporting and parent information.” Kelly Gardner, Cary Christian School (Cary, NC)
“We appreciate that the CLT3-6 are more reflective of the education we provide as a classical Christian school and that it aligns with the higher level CLT tests which our older students take each year.” Jenn Molen, Augustine Classical Academy (Lakewood, CO)
“The nature of the CLT assessment more accurately demonstrates verbal and quantitative abilities than other standardized tests.” Kimberly Bedingfield, Clemson Area Classical Academy (Clemson, SC)
“I would recommend this to anyone who uses a traditional approach to education.” Melissa Casey, Regina Caeli Academy (Carrollton, TX)
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Examples of Great Texts on CLT3-6
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan
Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
Thomas Jefferson, “The Declaration of Independence”
C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Abraham Lincoln, “The Gettysburg Address”
L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
Anna Sewell, Black Beauty
Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
E. B. White, Charlotte’s Web