New College of Florida has announced that it will permit students to submit scores from a college entrance exam that is grounded in Christian values and Western classical traditions, as an alternative to SAT or ACT. The university has reported that it will become the first public university in Florida that will allow students to submit Classic Learning Test scores, as a replacement for SAT or ACT. At the same time, students will also be allowed to submit SAT and ACT scores for admission purposes. CLT is meant for high school juniors and seniors and focuses on enhancing critical thinking skills in students by assessing them on subjects such as mathematics, English, and grammar. Currently, around 200 colleges in the country permit students to submit CLT scores.
The Christian Post reports:
A public university in Florida will allow students to submit test scores from a college entrance exam that is said to be more rooted in Western classical and Christian traditions as an alternative to the ACT and SAT.
New College of Florida announced that it plans to become the first public university in the state to accept Classic Learning Test scores in place of the ACT or SAT by fall 2024.
Students can still submit ACT and SAT test scores as part of the admissions process.
“As New College strives to become a world-class liberal arts educational institution, adding the CLT as an accepted testing option for admissions will ensure we are reaching and welcoming students from all walks of life,” New College Interim President Richard Corcoran stated in a press release shared with The Christian Post on Wednesday.
“Not only is this a tremendous opportunity for New College, but with the growing popularity of the CLT among Florida homeschoolers and classically educated students, we believe this is an exciting step for educational choice and freedom in our state as well.”
CLT is intended for high school juniors and seniors, emphasizing critical thinking skills by assessing students on English, grammar and mathematics.
The test is designed to apply to students of a variety of educational backgrounds, such as students who were homeschooled or went to private or charter schools.
At present, around 200 colleges nationwide accept CLT scores, including the conservative Christian Hillsdale College in Michigan.
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