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The CLT: A New College Admissions Exam

The CLT: A New College Admissions Exam

As¬†the¬†new¬†SAT¬†makes¬†its¬†way¬†to¬†colleges¬†and¬†universities¬†across¬†the¬†U.S.,¬†students¬†and educators¬†are¬†scrambling¬†to¬†ensure¬†they¬†are¬†prepared¬†for¬†what¬†promises¬†to¬†be¬†a¬†substantially different¬†test¬†than¬†the¬†previous¬†iteration¬†of¬†the¬†College¬†Board‚Äôs¬†gateway¬†to¬†higher¬†education. Written¬†to¬†align¬†with¬†the¬†Common¬†Core¬†Standards¬†being¬†taught¬†to¬†many¬†American¬†students,¬†the new¬†SAT¬†creates¬†a¬†dilemma¬†for¬†many¬†educators.¬†They¬†must¬†try¬†to¬†find¬†a¬†balance¬†between instilling¬†in¬†students¬†the¬†virtue¬†and¬†knowledge¬†necessary¬†to¬†form¬†a¬†well ¬≠rounded¬†student¬†and lifelong¬†learner,¬†and¬†conforming¬†their¬†teaching¬†to¬†the¬†rigid¬†body¬†of¬†knowledge¬†required¬†to succeed¬†on¬†the¬†SAT. But what if there was another option? Classic¬†Learning¬†Initiatives¬†(CLI)¬†in¬†Annapolis,¬†Md.,¬†has¬†created¬†the¬†Classic¬†Learning Test¬†(CLT),¬†the¬†first¬†new¬†college¬†admissions¬†exam¬†to¬†be¬†offered¬†since¬†the¬†debut¬†of¬†the¬†ACT¬†in 1959.¬†The¬†founders¬†of¬†CLI¬†recognize¬†that¬†the¬†SAT,¬†while¬†not¬†without¬†merit,¬†leaves¬†out¬†crucial aspects¬†of¬†a¬†true¬†¬†education.¬†Texts¬†featured¬†on¬†the¬†SAT¬†don‚Äôt¬†reflect¬†the¬†values¬†that¬†are¬†most cherished¬†by¬†home¬†and¬†private¬†educators.¬†CLI¬†believes¬†that¬†within¬†each¬†child¬†is¬†a¬†capacity¬†and thirst¬†for¬†unlocking¬†the¬†good,¬†the¬†true,¬†and¬†the¬†beautiful. Put¬†simply,¬†the¬†texts¬†featured¬†on¬†the¬†SAT,¬†and¬†ultimately¬†in¬†many¬†classrooms,¬†fail¬†to connect¬†students¬†to¬†the¬†goodness,¬†truth,¬†and¬†beauty¬†they¬†inherently¬†desire.¬†By¬†contrast,¬†the¬†CLT features¬†works¬†from¬†the¬†Western¬†tradition¬†by¬†authors¬†such¬†as¬†Plato,¬†C.S.¬†Lewis,¬†and¬†Martin Luther¬†King¬†Jr.¬†By¬†doing¬†so,¬†the¬†CLT¬†hopes¬†not¬†only¬†to¬†espouse¬†¬†a¬†love¬†of¬†deep¬†analytical thought¬†in¬†students,¬†but¬†also¬†to¬†be¬†accessible¬†to¬†students¬†from¬†all¬†educational¬†backgrounds. The¬†CLT¬†hopes¬†to¬†be¬†a¬†more¬†user¬≠ friendly¬†exam¬†as¬†well.¬†The¬†exam¬†is¬†taken¬†online¬†on¬†a student‚Äôs¬†computer¬†or¬†tablet,¬†and,¬†at¬†two¬†hours¬†in¬†length,¬†is¬†significantly¬†shorter¬†than¬†either¬†the SAT¬†or¬†the¬†ACT.¬†Students¬†are¬†also¬†free¬†to¬†move¬†between¬†the¬†exam‚Äôs¬†three¬†sections¬†(reading comprehension,¬†writing,¬†and¬†quantitative¬†reasoning),¬†as¬†well.¬†With¬†its¬†premiere¬†June¬†11th administration,¬†the¬†CLT¬†has¬†proven¬†itself¬†to¬†be¬†a¬†more¬†comfortable¬†and¬†accessible¬†exam¬†for students¬†to¬†complete.¬†Students¬†are¬†also¬†given¬†their¬†score¬†soon¬†after¬†submitting¬†their¬†exams, eliminating¬†the¬†anxious¬†wait¬†to¬†receive¬†test¬†scores! The CLT is a new, and the fastest growing college admissions exam in the country! For more information and to(…)

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Brain Chase Summer Learning Adventure

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College Savings Plan with FutureAdvisor

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Did you know that more than half of all student-loan borrowers are now delinquent in their payments? I have one child preparing for her college years and two more in the wings. We always talked about saving for this day, but didn’t really put anything into action. I don’t want to make that same mistake(…)

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Introducing The NEW Educents Marketplace

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Introducing the NEW Educents Marketplace I just received an email from the founders of Educents, Kate and Kaitlyn, with some really exciting news. Until today, Educents was a website for parents and educators to take advantage of daily deals. But those deals expired… And there were only 50 deals available at once… I wanted saving(…)

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