The claims that ACT and SAT are aligned with the Common Core State Standards has had some parents, including homeschool parents, across the country hoping for alternative college entrance exams. It appears there is one alternative ready for students to take and another that is in beta testing and soon to be available.
The Classic Learning Test (CLT) is currently available. It appears the exam is completed online according to the information on the website. The website provides a list of colleges that have accepted the CLT for college admission. The website says:
Among standardized college entrance exams, the CLT provides the most accurate and rigorous measure of academic formation, accomplishment, and potiential.
The Vector Assessment of Readiness for College (Vector A.R.C. or ARC) is in the process of beta testing. Beta testing is taking place at the Great Homeschool Conventions. The Midwest Homeschool Convention is taking place March 31-April 2, 2016 in Cincinnati, OH. ARC is looking for students to participate in the beta testing. You can download a pdf brochure about the ARC by clicking here. While the brochure indicates the ARC will be available in both electronic and paper and pencil formats, one of the developers has informed me that information is no longer correct. They have made the decision to only offer the assessment in hard copy at this point. According to the brochure, the ARC is:
- Free of data mining
- Free of Common Core Alignment
- Free from socio-economic advantage
- Free from bias to any specific curriculum or set of academic standards
- Free from subjective scoring
- An excellent option for high-achieving students
If you have been hoping to have some choice in college entrance exams and want an alternative to SAT and ACT, you are encouraged to explore the websites for more information about the CLT and ARC.
An Alternative to ACT and SAT Could Be Available Soon
Homeschoolers and others could soon have alternative to Common Core aligned college entrance tests