Alternatives To The ACT And SAT Tests

The ACT and SAT have long been the benchmark for college entrance exams. However, there are some who believe these standardized tests can’t fully measure a student’s academic capabilities, and some students simply do not test well. Thankfully, there are some alternatives available to the ACT and SAT exams for those who prefer to try this route.

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Test-Optional Schools

Many smaller liberal arts schools and private institutions have test-optional admission. In lieu of standardized tests, prospective students can focus on other elements of their application, or they may have to include a work portfolio or commit to a one-on-one interview with their application. Though smaller schools have tended to be more open to this option earlier, some larger schools are now choosing this option as well.

Classic Learning Test (CLT)

The Classic Learning Test is a new exam that some smaller schools have opted to use instead of the more traditional ACT and SAT exams. Founded in 2015, the CLT is used by smaller schools and religious institutions and other private institutions. The CLT only takes two hours, is often delivered via computer, and results are issued the same day.

Exams Written Specifically for the School

Once an Ivy League staple, smaller private schools are also beginning to set their own exams. It is also often available to home-schooled students and students who have studied abroad. Check with the institution you’re interested in and ask if this option is available.

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