Thursday, June 16, 2016

Classic Learning Test - An ACT / SAT Alternative

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I am excited to share with you today a guest post from Alex Merritt at Classic Learning Test.  This post is not sponsored in any way, I just wanted to help them get the word out about a new college entrance test that was created with classical educators and students in mind!

Classical educators are often faced with a dilemma once their children and students reach their high school years and begin looking toward college admissions. Although great care is taken every step of the way to ensure that their children have received an education perfected around their needs and values, they find that they must familiarize themselves with the content of the SAT and ACT exams.

For generations, the ACT and SAT have been the gateways of higher education in the United States. Because of this, the education of many students incorporates standardized testing content which may be incongruent, or even antagonistic, to the rest of their curriculum. As students reach their final years of schooling before entering college, they are often swamped with test prep books and notecards in an attempt to “learn” the SAT.

As the SAT has been rewritten to reflect the Common Core Standards present in the public education system, classical educators are forced to navigate the tension of teaching to the test, rather than that which is most valuable. Put simply, the SAT has become a reflection not of what a student has learned, but how well they can adapt themselves to a rigid exam incongruous to their educational background.

Classic Learning Initiatives (CLI), located in Annapolis, MD, has recognized this problem and has developed an exam called the Classic Learning Test (CLT) with classical education in mind. Unlike the SAT, the CLT is rooted in classical education, featuring works by authors dating back to Plato and Aristotle. Also, unlike the SAT, which purports to be “values-neutral” (an endorsement of relativism), the CLT is committed to the timeless truths which have shaped much of the Western intellectual tradition.

The texts featured on the CLT are among some of the most enduring and influential of the last two millennia. Further, studying for the CLT looks much different from studying for the SAT or ACT. Rather than learning pointless test taking tricks, studying for the CLT involves full immersion with the best of the classical tradition.

The Classic Learning Test contains passages and references to classic authors and great thinkers around the world.

Does this sound like the kind of college entrance test you would like your child to take? 

Connect with the Classic Learning Initiatives to learn more:

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  1. Interesting. I pinned to share with my DIL.
    Thanks for sharing. I'm signed up for your emails so I get notice of all your posts! I hope you'll come over and visit me. I have a great DVD giveaway going on right now. Come over and check it out!

  2. This is wonderful! Have you heard if colleges are accepting these scores for entrance?

    1. Wyoming Catholic College is one.

    2. Thanks for sharing about Wyoming Catholic College, DW!

      They share a big list of the colleges that are accepting the CLT on their website. You can check that out here,,,

      Hope that helps!


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