CLT3-8 at Home

Online, At-Home Assessments for 3rd – 8th Graders

Our CLT3-8 exams assess language arts and mathematics with content designed to engage students’ imaginations and problem-solving skills. These standardized exams equip parents and home educators with in-depth analytics to better understand how to meet their students’ needs and maximize their potential.

CLT3-8 at a Glance

CLT3, 4, 5, & 6 CLT7 & 8

Grade Level

3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th

7th and 8th





Recommended timing, approx. 2-3 hrs

135 min

# of Sections



Testing Window

4 weeks

4 weeks

Additional Requirements

Sections completed in one sitting. Can split up test over multiple days.

Entire test in one sitting.








Within 2 business days

Within 2 business days

*Discounts and paper testing available for homeschool group testing

Upcoming Test Dates for CLT3-8

Sept. 3 – Sept. 27, 2024

Registration Deadline: August 22

April 22 – May 16, 2025

Registration coming soon!

What Do CLT3-8 Assess?

CLT3, 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8 assess language arts and mathematics corresponding to each grade level, including reading comprehension, writing, grammar, arithmetic and operations, geometrical reasoning, and overall mathematical reasoning.

We’ve intentionally selected reading passages from classic children’s literature, poetry, historical fiction and non-fiction, and more to furnish a thoughtful and meaningful testing experience.

To dig deeper into the skills assessed on each test, check out our Assessment Content Briefs:

How Are the Exams Formatted?

CLT3, 4, 5 & 6 each have four sections: two Verbal Reasoning sections and two Quantitative Reasoning sections. CLT3-6 have recommended timing, and sections can be administered over the course of several days.

CLT7 & CLT8 each have three sections: Verbal Reasoning, Grammar & Writing, and Quantitative Reasoning. These exams are timed and must be completed in one sitting.

View PDF samples of the different exams below. While a CLT7 sample test is not available, the CLT7 follows the same format as the CLT8, but with content tailored to 7th grade.

How Do Parents Administer the Online Exams at Home?

We’ve designed the at-home administration for CLT3-8 to be as smooth and user-friendly as possible. Please visit our “What to Expect” page to read through FAQs and get further details on how to administer CLT3-8 at home.

An online demo test is available to help testers and test managers see and practice with the online interface they will use for any of the CLT3-8 exams. Please note that the test is unscored and contains only 10 sample questions per section. Additionally, the question difficulty level reflects our third grade test, the CLT3. Click below to view the demo test and use access code DemoTest.

How Do CLT3-8 Analytics Equip Parents?

All exams are accompanied by in-depth analytics reports that provide tangible feedback on students’ strengths and weaknesses in key academic domains and subdomains. This helps parents 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 Texts Are Featured on CLT3-8 Exams?

The reading passages on CLT3-8 are sourced from classic children’s literature, fables, poetry, historical fiction, and non-fiction texts on the arts, science, and history—all chosen for their inherent beauty and influence on the history of thought. Examples of great texts on CLT3-8 exams include*:

  • Aesop, Fables
  • Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
  • J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan
  • Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • 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
  • E. B. White, Charlotte’s Web

*This list provides examples only, and is not an exhaustive list of passages that can be featured on CLT3-8 exams.

Homeschool Group Testing

Group testing is available for homeschool groups of 15 students or more. To learn more about group testing, view our informational flyer or email us at If you’re ready to order tests for your homeschool group, click the link below.


“The CLT tests are a huge asset to parents whether your student is homeschooled or attends a private or public school. Thank you for making this easy to administer at home.”

Joseph B., Parent

“I choose the CLT8 for my students because of its superior content, ease of administering, and student analytics.”

Mary C., Homeschool Parent

“I would recommend this to anyone who uses a traditional approach to education.”

Melissa C., Regina Caeli Homeschool Hybrid Academy
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