About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Thursday, October 12, 2023

The XYZ Quiz

The latest opportunity for parents & grandparents to monitor & participate in what their children & grandchildren are learning is found @ the Classic Learning Test (CLT) website.  The CLT, an alternative to the SAT & ACT, covers students starting in the 3rd grade & continues all the way through 12th grade so parent & grandparent involvement can be maximized through this resource.  There is a section dealing with homeschooling.

The website invites you to "ensure your student is equipped to succeed" through "CLT's academic assessments . . . so your student can pursue a fulfilling future."

Sample tests for each grade level, that are examples of a real CLT, are provided on the website to get students started - each test evaluates reading comprehension, grammar/writing, & mathematics @ the appropriate grade level while emphasizing foundational critical thinking skills (the ability to effectively & objectively analyse information & form a judgement using reasoning & logic).  The real (non sample/example) tests can be taken online using your own computer with a remote proctor, or parents for younger students, so it is very convenient & as stress free as it can be - you can take the test @ the best time of day for you.

Over 200 colleges that accept the CLT offer academic scholarships to high-scoring students.  In May Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill making Florida the first state in the country to allow public schools to administer the CLT & last month Florida's Board of Governors voted to approve the CLT as an accepted admissions test @ all Florida public universities.  CLT is also accepted @ an additional 14 private colleges & universities in Florida.

The WSJ ran a favorable editorial about CLT on September 25 that included a math puzzle from one of the sample tests that I present below as the XYZ Quiz.

Educational innovators, like the founder of CLT, are working to improve the dreadful academic results that government schools have produced for far too long.  Participating in the CLT program provides a way to work with your children to ensure they are learning what you think they should be learning to succeed in life.  You can actually partner with your child in this endeavor.

Take the XYZ Quiz below & ask your child if they attend a senior high school to take it also.  If your children are younger go to one of the age appropriate sample tests on the website & see where it leads regarding signing up for the real tests throughout your child's schooling.

I will post all correct answers to the quiz below or alternatively will send the correct answer privately to anyone who requests it if no one gets the right answer.

XYZ Quiz

If y^z=x & 8z=xy, then what is x+y+z if y is half the value of z?


  1. Hi Doug.... what is the symbol between y ?? z=x? is that a greater than?

    1. It is the power symbol, like y squared = y times y. I think that not every computer can superscript the power function so the way to write y to the zth power is y^z=x.

    2. Thank you for the clarification. Answer is 22. You made me think though.