NAS Embraces Classical Alternative to the PSAT


Classic Learning Initiatives has developed a new alternative to the PSAT, rolling out the Classic Learning Test 9 (CLT 9) and Classic Learning Test 10 (CLT 10). Like the Classic Learning Test, a rising competitor to the SAT/ACT, the CLT 9 and CLT 10 are based on the idea that current college entrance exams fail to measure intrinsic ability or college preparedness effectively. Testing for both aptitude and an understanding of classical content, the Classic Learning Tests are created to recognize the college preparedness of homeschooled and classically educated students instead of obliging them to conform to the standards of the public education system.

The CLT 9 and CLT 10 target rising 9th and 10th graders, with the CLT 10 as an alternative to the PSAT, preparing high school underclassmen for college entrance exams while also providing an opportunity for the best and brightest to gain recognition.  The CLT 9 is not proctored but is intended to provide an academic benchmark for 9th graders and preparation for the CLT 10 their sophomore year and the CLT their junior and senior year. Awards and scholarships will be made available only to students taking the CLT 10.

The National Association of Scholars will be joining with Classic Learning Initiatives and other partner institutions to identify award candidates and recipients of the CLT 10. Details are forthcoming.

The CLT 9 and CLT 10 are identical to the CLT in format, but they are scaled back to the age appropriate level for ninth and tenth graders. Each test in the Classic Learning Test series is divided into three sections:

  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Grammar/Writing
  • Quantitative Reasoning

In the Verbal Reasoning and the Grammar/Writing sections, students encounter subsections on philosophy and religion, natural science, literature, historical profile, modern and influential thinkers, and historical/founding documents. Classic Learning Initiatives’ online practice test features excerpts from writers and thinkers including C. S. Lewis and Dostoevsky. The Quantitative Reasoning section features mathematical concepts that test spatial reasoning abilities in fields such as algebra and geometry.

The CLT 9 and the CLT 10 each cost $12.00, but for a limited time, the exams are $6.00 for early registrants. The deadline for early registration is March 1st. 

The CLT 9 and CLT 10 Test Week will be April 3, 2017 – April 7, 2017.

More information can be found at the CLT 9 and CLT 10 Website:

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