There are two well-known players in standardized college
entrance testing - the SATs and the ACTs. The SATs have been
keeping high school seniors on pins and needles since 1926,
the ACTs since 1956.
Since December, a new college testing service, Classic
Learning Initiatives, claims to be a more accurate and
rigorous measure of college success.
Co-founder Jeffery Tate said the CLT is aimed at a targeted
"We'll be the test for smaller liberal arts colleges," he
Currently, nine colleges will accept the exam results
including Christendom College in Front Royal. Tate said that
more colleges are expected to sign on. He believes between 11
and 18 schools will come on board in the short term.
Tate said the move to this new standard is in response to
parental concerns about the SATs and ACTs.
There is no preparation for the CLTs. The test measures
proficiency in reading, natural science, literature,
historical documents, writing and math. Quotes from the
writings of C.S. Lewis, Flannery O'Connor, Plato and Martin
Luther King Jr., will be presented, and students will be
given questions on the meaning of specific passages.
"Existing standardized tests focus too narrowly on stripped,
sterilized texts without allowing students to consider
broader implications of decisions, ideas and discoveries,
which are found in the rich and abundant history of sources
ranging from St. Augustine to Kant," said Tate.
The CLT is taken online, with a proctor, and can be completed
in two hours. Results are returned in minutes, and the test
can be taken multiple times.
Christendom College Director of Admissions Sam Phillips said
the school will use the CLT along with the SATs and the ACTs.
He said school representatives met with Tate and liked what
"It was a natural fit for us," he said.
Phillips said that parents wanted an alternative to the SATs
and ACTS. Some were concerned with the influence of Common
Core State Standards on current standardized tests. The cost
of SAT and ACT preparation courses was also a concern,
according to Phillips.
Registration for the June 11 exam opened April 1. The first
test scores will be received by schools soon after.
Find out more
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