College Admissions Exams – ACT / SAT / PSAT / CLT

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HLA’s High School CEEB Code: 431-423


Red_Right_Arrow_Transparent_PNG_Clip_Art_ImageHLA should be listed as your school anytime the student is registering to take the ACT, SAT, CLT or PSAT. CEEB Code 431-423. HLA is located in Jackson, TN.


Red_Right_Arrow_Transparent_PNG_Clip_Art_Image    HLA will not include test scores on official transcripts unless official test scores have been received and are on file.


Red_Right_Arrow_Transparent_PNG_Clip_Art_Image    Click here to register to take the ACT.


Red_Right_Arrow_Transparent_PNG_Clip_Art_Image    Click here to register to take the SAT.


Red_Right_Arrow_Transparent_PNG_Clip_Art_Image    Click here to register to take the CLT.


Red_Right_Arrow_Transparent_PNG_Clip_Art_ImageMost colleges require a minimum ACT score of 21 or its SAT equivalent but there are some that accept as low as 18.


Red_Right_Arrow_Transparent_PNG_Clip_Art_Image    Special accommodations are available for students who qualify – See below.


Red_Right_Arrow_Transparent_PNG_Clip_Art_ImageEligible families can qualify for ACT or SAT waivers to cover the costs of these exams. Contact Toni.


Click Here to See the ACT Fee Waiver Eligibility Requirements

Click Here to See the SAT Fee Waiver Eligibility Requirements



Recommended Timeline for Taking ACT/SAT/PSAT/NMSQT

List Home Life Academy (CEEB code 431-423) when registering to take any of these exams.

  • 9th/10th Grades
    • Take the PSAT/NMSQT (optional) as a practice test.
  • 10th Grade
    • Take ACT/SAT in April or June (no prep necessary) for baseline testing.
    • Use this information to see what areas need work.
    • Do ACT/SAT prep as needed.
  • 11th Grade
    • Take ACT/SAT as soon as possible.
    • Take PSAT/NMSQT – qualifying test for National Merit Scholarship in October (1-2% will qualify). (see below)
  • 12th Grade
    • College applications due beginning in October.
    • If you have not taken the ACT/SAT take it as soon as possible

Students can take these tests several times.  Students are allowed to take the ACT up to 12 times.  Take them to hone your test-taking skills as well as to improve your scores.


PSAT/NMSQT – National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test

  • This is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship for JUNIORS. Only 1-2% will qualify.
  • HLA is no longer administering the PSAT. Students can take the test at their local school. See below for additional information.
  • IMPORTANT: Remember to list HLA as your school. (school code 431-423). Be sure your student takes HLA’s school code with them. They will be asked what school you are testing at AND what school you attend. Use HLA’s school code for the school you attend.
  • In a bill signed in 2016 by Gov. Haslam, your local TN public school must allow your homeschooler to take the PSAT with their students. Here is the Bill information:
    Tennessee HB 2190 Introduced by Judd Matheny and Mike Bell
    Schools, Home – As introduced, requires schools to provide notice on their websites of the date of the school’s administration of the AP and PSAT/NMSQT examinations, the availability of such examinations, any financial assistance for low-income students, and schools where a homeschool student may take the AP and PSAT/NMSQT examinations. – Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 6, Part 30. Signed by Governor Haslam on 4/7/2016.
  • Since this bill covers homeschoolers taking the PSAT, HLA no longer offers it, nor are we able to request accommodations, etc. for students taking it. For students wanting to pursue this option, please contact your local public school, asking to speak with the Guidance Counselor, in spring or summer preceding 11th grade in order to sign up. Tests are ordered in the summer, so the earlier you contact the public school, the better, to assure enough testing supplies.

ACT/SAT – Special Accommodations

ACT/SAT accommodations are available for students who qualify. HLA will help you with the documentation and with scheduling a testing time at your local community college. ACT Accommodations requested during ACT late registration will be charged an HLA RUSH fee for this request.

Applying for accommodations:

  • Send the following information to Karen:
    • The appropriate form – completed.*
    • *ACT Eligibility Form
    • *ACT Consent Form
    • *SAT Consent Form
    • A copy of the test registration.
    • A copy of the diagnosis from the Dr. and a note telling me what accommodations you do at home and what accommodation you think is best to request from ACT.
  • For Students that have been granted ACT – Special Testing Accommodations: After your student has been approved for ACT Accommodations, upon registering for subsequent tests, please email Karen so she can submit the updated test date.
  • Karen will contact you concerning scheduling and any additional information needed.

Classic Learning Test (CLT):

CLT, a college entrance exam that it is accepted by colleges and universities similar to the SAT and ACT tests, challenges students with literary and mathematical content. Students will be able to pull from both theistic and secular perspectives while taking this exam that provides the “most accurate and rigorous measure of academic formation, accomplishment, and potential.”  Students take this two-hour exam at a local testing center and are able to see their test results the same day. Results may be sent directly to any of the colleges listed on our site. HLA will offer the CLT exam in Jackson TN. Read More.

ACT/SAT/Military Test Prep. Options

Test Prep Review


Chegg Test Prep. – ACT

Chegg Test Prep. – SAT

Is the ACT required to receive a diploma from HLA?

  • The answer to this question is NO.  HLA does not require an ACT for graduation from HomeLife Academy with the following exceptions.
  • Students who request an early graduation (prior to age 17 or less than 4 years of high school) will be required to take either the ACT, SAT, or CLT and submit the scores prior to being awarded a diploma. (Students taking Dual enrollment courses or participating in the Lumerit Scholar program are exempt from the ACT/SAT requirement.) The ACT/SAT/CLT scores must validate their readiness to complete high school and validate the diploma. NOTE: Students must complete at least 3 years of high school and receive counselor approval prior to the final year to be eligible.
  • Homeschooled students, who enter HLA as a senior with a parent-issued transcript, will be required to submit ACT/SAT/CLT scores before receiving an HLA diploma.
  • The ACT/SAT/CLT may be required at the discretion of a counselor based on the best interest of the student.

NOTE: Modified Path is not eligible for early graduation.


Annual Standardized Testing Requirements for High School Students

  • HLA does not require state standardized testing for grades Kindergarten-12th.
  • Families living in TN, FL, AL, and CO who are registered with HLA, will not be required to test.
  • Families living in other states will need to check the laws in their state. If you are unsure of the laws in your state please visit the Homeschooling in Your State page and refer to HSLDA for further clarification.
  • If you would like to have your child tested, you will need to contact a local support group for information about any testing that may be offered in your area.
  • For information about testing your own child, you can check with BJU Press or Seton for options.