SAT / ACT / CLT
While none of these tests are required for high school graduation, many students still elect to take one or both of these tests for the following reasons:
- University Admissions: While many universities are moving towards test-optional admissions, the majority still require either an ACT or SAT score.
- Although the CLT is not accepted by all colleges, over 250 colleges partner with CLT, accepting the exam as a complete replacement of the ACT or SAT.
- High School Graduation: ACT and SAT scores can meet the assessment requirements (FSA ELA / BEST ELA and Algebra 1 EOC) by earning a concordant score.
- Scholarships: Several scholarships require ACT or SAT scores to be submitted, most notably the Bright Futures Scholarship.
- More than 100 colleges have tied scholarship dollars directly to CLT scores (a full list of these colleges is available on the website).
What is the SAT Test?
The SAT is a standardized test widely, originally called the Scholastic Aptitude Test, used for college admissions in the United States. The SAT is wholly owned, developed, and published by the College Board, a private, not-for-profit organization in the United States and administered by the Educational Testing Service. The College Board states that the SAT is intended to measure literacy, numeracy and writing skills that are needed for academic success in college. It also assesses how well the test-takers analyze and solve problems and the test is administered under a tight time limit to help produce a range of scores.
The SAT is accepted by over 900 college and universities in the US as of 2021, and is considered for university admissions in Canada, the United Kindgom, Australia, Singapore, and India, among dozens of other countries.
What is on the SAT?
The SAT has two main sections, namely Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW, normally known as the "English" portion of the test) and the Math section. These are both further broken down into four sections: Reading, Writing and Language, Math (no calculator), and Math (calculator allowed).
- 52 questions
- 65 minutes
- The Reading Test presents five reading passages followed by multiple-choice questions about each passage.
- Writing & Language
- 44 questions
- 35 minutes
- The Writing and Language test is a multiple-choice test in which you read passages and find and fix mistakes and weaknesses.
- 58 questions
- 80 minutes
- The Math Test is divided into two parts: a no-calculator portion and a calculator portion. In both portions, most of the test is multiple choice, but some of the questions at the end ask you to write the answer (these are called “grid-ins”). Everyday formulas are provided for you to use.
Two section scores result from taking the SAT: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Math. Section scores are reported on a scale of 200 to 800, and each section score is a multiple of ten. A total score for the SAT is calculated by adding the two section scores, resulting in total scores that range from 400 to 1600.
What is the ACT Test?
The ACT, originally an abbreviation of American College Testing, is a standardized test used for college admissions in the United States. The ACT test covers four academic skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and scientific reasoning. It also offers an optional direct writing test.
The ACT is accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the United States as well as more than 225 universities outside the US.
What is on the ACT?
The ACT contains multiple-choice tests in four areas: English, mathematics, reading and science. ACT's writing test is optional and will not affect your composite score.
- 75 questions
- 45 minutes
- Measures your ability to make decisions to revise and edit short texts and essays in different genres.
- 60 questions
- 60 minutes
- Measures the mathematical skills you have typically acquired in courses up to the beginning of grade 12.
- 40 questions
- 35 minutes
- Measures your ability to read closely, reason logically about texts using evidence, and integrate information from multiple resources.
- 40 questions
- 35 minutes
- Measures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning and problem-solving skills required in biology, chemistry, Earth/space sciences and physics.
- Writing (Optional)
- 1 prompt
- 40 minutes
- Measures writing skills taught in high school English classes and in entry-level college composition courses.
The main four ACT test sections are individually scored on a scale of 1–36, and a composite score (the rounded whole number average of the four sections) is provided.
What is the CLT Exam?
Classic Learning Test (CLT) offers online and paper assessments that evaluate English, grammar, and mathematical skills and provide a comprehensive measure of achievement and aptitude. CLT exams emphasize foundational critical thinking skills and are accessible to students from a variety of educational backgrounds. There are two exams for high school students:
- CLT10 - an online college prep exam for 9th and 10th graders. An alternative to the PSAT®, the exam can be taken in school or at home with a parent proctor.
- CLT - 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.
CLT is an accepted admissions test at all Florida public universities as well as over 250 partner colleges in the nation.
What is on the CLT?
The “classic” in Classic Learning Test refers to the use of classic literature and historical texts for the reading selections on exams. By engaging students with this meaningful content, CLT assessments offer a more edifying testing experience and reflect a holistic education.Thousands of students, parents, and schools trust CLT exams to provide valuable academic insights and pave the way to a college education. CLT’s alternatives to the SAT®, ACT®, PSAT®, and more uniquely showcase students’ analytical and critical thinking skills.
Both the CLT10 and the CLT Exams contain three sections: Verbal Reasoning, Grammar & Writing, and Quantitative Reasoning, and the Exam also offers an optional essay portion. The CLT Exams take 2:20 to complete, two hours of which is testing time. The test begins with about 20 minutes of instruction and pre-test preparation. The Exam has a total of 120 questions and students will have:
- 40 minutes to complete the Verbal Reasoning section
- 35 minutes for the Grammar/Writing section
- 45 minutes for the Quantitative Reasoning section
- Students who choose to write the optional essay will receive an additional 30 minutes to do so.
CLT uses a number system called a "scaled score" with a scale that ranges from 0-120. Each of the three sections is scored out of 40. CLT Student Analytics accompany every exam and helps teachers and parents guide their students’ educational formation. You can access your Student Analytics through your CLT account.
ACT and SAT fee waivers are available to low-income 11th and 12th grade students in the US or US territories. US citizens living outside the country might also be eligible for fee waivers. You are eligible if one or more of these descriptions apply to you:
- You are enrolled in or eligible to participate in the federal National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
- Your family's annual income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service.
- You are enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families, for example, TRIO programs like Upward Bound.
- Your family receives public assistance.
- You are homeless or live in federally subsidized public housing or a foster home.
- You are a ward of the state or an orphan.
If you qualify for a fee waiver, see your NHS Guidance Counselor to receive a waiver code.
CLT offers financial assistance up to a full fee waiver for any of the CLT Exams for qualifying students. The website offers a Financial Assistance Request Form to determine eligibility. https://www.cltexam.com/financial-assistance-request-form/