Now accepting Classic Learning Test for admission, serves as testing site

August 27, 2019 | Office of Testing and Evaluation |

We are now accepting the Classic Learning Test for admission as an alternative to the SAT and ACT. The University will also serve as an authorized testing site, administering the first test for the 2019-20 academic year on Sept. 7. The exam is fully online and provides same-day test results.

The CLT is designed for high school students 16-18 years of age who are applying for college. Younger students who are interested in the CLT’s assessments are encouraged to take the CLT10, which is designed for students 14-16 years old, or the CLT8, which is designed for 12-14 year old students.

Featuring passages selected from great works across a variety of disciplines, the test provides a highly accurate and rigorous measure of reasoning, aptitude and academic formation for students from diverse educational backgrounds. Students are tested on grammar, literary comprehension, and mathematical and logical reasoning during the two-hour online exam. Students with qualifying scores will be eligible for Harding’s academic achievement scholarships on the same levels as those taking the ACT and SAT.

“At Harding, we regularly evaluate our admission policies and practices and are open to alternatives that better evaluate college readiness,” said Dr. Marty Spears, provost and chief academic officer. “We are pleased to approve the CLT exam as a new pathway for admission. We believe it is better suited for assessing college readiness of some prospective students, thus improving access to Harding for qualified students. Having the CLT available in the Testing Office will be convenient for local high school students and visitors to campus.”

The CLT is now accepted by more than 150 universities, including Hillsdale College and Wheaton College. Harding is one of four colleges in Arkansas that accepts the Classic Learning Test for admission. Students may take the exam through Harding’s Office of Testing and Evaluation, which also administers CLEP, ACT, SAT, TOEFL and others. CLT test dates for the 2019-20 academic year are:

Sept. 7
Dec. 7
Feb. 29
April 25

For more information about the exam and how to sign up, visit cltexam.com. Preparatory materials are available at cltprep.com.

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