Public University in Florida Becomes First in the State to Implement Classical, Christian Values in Exams

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New College of Florida, a public university in the state, has made an announcement that it will allow students to submit Classic Learning Test (CLT) scores as an alternative to the ACT and SAT, which are the most commonly used standardized tests for college admissions in the US. 

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This move makes New College the first public university in Florida to accept CLT scores.

The CLT is a college entrance exam that is different from the ACT and SAT in that it is designed to be more rooted in Western classical and Christian traditions. According to the CLT organization, the test is based on the study of the Great Books and is meant to be an alternative to the more “secular” ACT and SAT. The test includes sections on grammar, mathematical reasoning, and reading comprehension.

“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.”

Students who choose to take the CLT will now be able to submit their scores as part of the admissions process at New College. They can still submit scores from the ACT and SAT if they prefer. The change is set to take effect by fall 2024.

The decision to accept the CLT is part of New College’s efforts to become a world-class liberal arts educational institution. In a press release shared with The Christian Post, New College Interim President Richard Corcoran stated that the addition of the CLT as an accepted testing option for admissions will ensure that the university is reaching and welcoming students from all walks of life.

This move by New College to accept CLT scores is part of a larger trend in higher education towards making the admissions process more inclusive and holistic. Many universities have recently made the decision to become test-optional, meaning that students are not required to submit standardized test scores as part of their applications. 

This change is meant to reduce the emphasis on test scores and place more weight on other factors, such as extracurricular activities, essays, and letters of recommendation.

 

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