CLT3-6 Exams

Assessments for 3rd – 6th Graders

CLT3-6 exams assess language arts and mathematics with content designed to engage students’ imaginations and problem-solving skills. These standardized exams equip educators with in-depth analytics to better understand how to meet students’ needs and maximize their potential.


The next CLT3-6 test administration will take place from April 22 – May 17, 2024 in schools (paper or online) and at home (online). CLT7 and CLT8 will also be available during this testing window.

• For Schools: Learn more about registration on the For Schools page. For questions, please email us at

• For At-Home Testers: Register using this order page or by clicking the “Register Now” button below. For frequently asked questions about the at-home administration process, go here.


Upcoming Test Dates

April 22 – May 17, 2024

CLT3-6, in addition to our all-new CLT7 and the CLT8, will be available for a four-week period from April 22 to May 17.

Registration Deadline: 
April 8th


Please note that the registration process for this test administration is different than previous tests.

CLT3-6 – At a Glance

Assessments geared toward 3rd – 6th graders

Contain four sections: Verbal Reasoning (2) and Quantitative Reasoning (2)

Fulfill end-of-year testing requirements in most states

Untimed, 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

    Aesop, Fables

    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