VaHomeschoolers has compiled a list of providers who offer testing services to the homeschool community. Which test you decide to use will depend on your goals for the testing. Do you just want to test to satisfy the state’s requirements? Do you want to test to identify the strengths and weaknesses of your child?
If you have questions about what test to use, it is best to consult experienced local homeschoolers. They can give you information on the different tests so that you can choose one that meets your needs. See Virginia Homeschool Groups for a list of statewide and local support groups.
If you know of or have used a test provider/service that is not listed, please contact the VaHomeschoolers Web Administrator.
The following information is provided as a courtesy of VaHomeschoolers and does not constitute an endorsement.
Tests: Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement, 2nd Edition (KTEA-II)
Location: Staunton, VA. Will travel anywhere in the state. A travel fee is charged outside of Augusta Co.
Qualifications: B.S.Ed. in elementary education (1979), certification in special ed. (1984), M.A.T. (2002), Ph.D. in Education, Social Foundations ( University of Virginia, 2009). Licensed in VA and TX. Taught in public and private schools, from preschool through graduate courses. Began homeschooling/unschooling in 1990, now the parent of six homeschool graduates. Testing and evaluations since 1991, in over 40 Virginia school districts and several in WV. Served as an expert witness in homeschool cases in VA and WV courts.
Offers individual testing with the Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement, 2nd Edition (KTEA-II). Untimed, no bubbles, scored immediately! Average time about 40 minutes.. Done in your home anywhere in the state. Individual evaluations – for any homeschoolers. Unschooler-friendly. No portfolio or SOLs required. Respect for you as the parent and as the teacher is guaranteed! Discount for multiple children in one family. Also available for tutoring, consultations, classes, or speaker engagements.
Contact: Brenda Rose, (540) 885-9618
Tests: CAT/6 TerraNova 2nd Edition, CTBS TerraNova 1st Edition, TCS/2 Test of Cognitive Skills
Donny & Sandy Ball’s Bayside School Services offers the best do-it-yourself standardized achievement testing experience. Our testing is available all year long. As graduated homeschooling parents, and test providers for over 25 years, we know the importance of fair prices, easy ordering, accurate order processing and detailed reporting. DRC CTB, the test publisher, and Bayside offer a more recent test series than the discontinued CAT/5 and CTBS, the CAT/6 TerraNova 2nd Edition, published in 2000 with updated 2005 norms. This is the test of choice for the do-it-yourself homeschool! It is accepted for use in Virginia as well as most other states that mandate nationally standardized achievement tests for homeschool students. We offer the full version Complete Battery for Kindergarten (Level 10), the Complete Battery Plus for Grades 1 through 12, as well as the shorter but not easier Survey Plus version for Grades 2-4 and 6-12. (There is no Survey available for Grades K, 1 or 5). These are the most complete, extensive and up-to-date tests available for unrestricted homeschool use. The other achievement test option we offer is the CTBS TerraNova 1st Edition, published in 1996, available for Grades 4-12 in both Complete Battery Plus and Survey Plus. We have an economy version of the Survey Plus that tests only Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics and Spelling. The Test of Cognitive Skills 2nd Edition is an easy to administer aptitude (IQ) test. These are all paper and pencil tests, so you can work on your schedule. See our website for complete details.
Contact: Bayside (orders@baysideschoolservices.
Tests: Iowa Tests (ITBS) Grades K-12, Stanford Grades K-12
The test administrator for the ITBS is required to have a bachelor’s degree or meet BJUP requirements, which can be found here. The test administrator for the Stanford is required to have a bachelor’s degree AND meet BJUP requirements for an “approved” tester. Tester applications take a few days to process and must be completed prior to ordering tests. Tests need to be ordered 4–6 weeks before scheduled test date. Practice Tests for both the IOWA and Stanford are available. Test materials will be mailed to the qualified tester. Tests must be administered and returned within 21 days after the test date (date designated when ordering tests; 75 days for international testing). Computer-scored results will be sent electronically to the one who ordered the tests. BJUP provides names of Iowa and Stanford Testers in your area in their Test Administrator Directory.
Contact: 1430 Wade Hampton Blvd., Suite 210, Greenville, SC 29609, (800) 845-5731
Tests: NEW: Stanford 10 ONLINE (grades 3-12 and the parent/teacher does not need to have a bachelor’s degree) We administer this test from our computers to your home computer. It is untimed, but your student is expected to work productively. With the College Board moving to online testing in 2016, online testing is here! (normed in 2007) We also have two forms of the TerraNova (CTBS/CAT/6), Forms A and C (both use the same norms in 2005). If you have a preference with the form of the TN, you need to let us know which form you would like to use. We also have the Iowa Tests (normed in 2005), and the Basic Achievement Skills Inventory (BASI) –grades 3-12, plus other testing services. The only test requiring that the administrator have a bachelor’s degree is the Iowa test. We have our own scoring equipment, so scoring is guaranteed within 3 weeks, but we usually turn around our grading in less than a week. Overnight scoring can be ordered as well.
All of our tests are the latest tests available for homeschool use. Our reports are professional, computerized reports that are homeschool friendly and easy to understand. We provide quick turn-around, as well as communication during every step of your testing process. We have test preparation materials and IQ/Cognitive Abilities testing. (We even have one you can do online: OLSAT8 Cognitive Abilities Test-no degree required.) We also schedule professionally administered individualized achievement tests and have a number of students who come to us in NC from VA. This includes Curriculum Consulting and Instructional Strategy suggestions, geared toward the needs of your students. Professional testing is done by Pat Brewer, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and who is also a retired Curriculum/Testing Coordinator with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in NC.
Contact: Pat Brewer, (336) 699-3997
Tests: California Achievement Test 1970 edition (CAT) Grades 2-12
Contact: (847) 259-4444, 502 W Euclid Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL, 60004-5495.
Tests: California Achievement Test (CAT/5) and TerraNova
Crosspointe Educational Services is a mail order service that offers the Survey and Complete Battery California Achievement Tests in an effort to meet your testing needs.
Contact: Crosspointe Educational Services or (919) 577-1238
Tests: Woodcock Johnson Test of Achievement-III (WJ-III); Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-IV (WISC-IV); KeyMath 3; Full range of reading and writing test instruments, including CTOPP, GORT, TORC, TOWL, and others.
Qualifications: BA in Psychology from Lehigh University; MS.Ed. from Johns Hopkins University; Certified as an expert witness in matters relating to educational best interest in custody disputes in the State of Maryland. Alessa homeschooled her two children from Kindergarten into college. She is also a professional curriculum developer.
Specialty: Hand In Hand conducts evaluations of homeschool programs in order to show proof of academic progress, as well as individualized testing services, using the WJ-III, that comply with Virigina homeschool laws. Pricing begins at $50. Families looking for more in-depth testing services can call for a free telephone consultation to explore how IQ and achievement testing can help you better understand your child’s academic strengths and weaknesses. As a former unschooler in the younger years, Alessa understands and appreciates the spectrum of homeschool philosophies that successfully work for different families. Alessa travels to VA from March – June to work with local families. Year-round testing services are available just a short drive into Maryland.
Contact: Alessa Giampaolo Keener
Tests:California Achievement Test (CAT), 1992 form A (full length test), grades K-12, Metropolitan MAT, 1993 grades 1-12.
Offers several tests and other assessment services to parents meeting qualifications for homeschooling in their state and desiring to test their own children in their normal learning environment. Testing materials should be ordered 3 weeks in advance. Upon receipt of testing materials, parents have three weeks to administer and return the tests for scoring. Computer generated printout of scores is returned to parents in 3 – 4 weeks. Complete confidentiality. Scores are never entered into the national norming process. Credit card ordering.
Contact: (800) 405-8378 preferably before noon Pacific Time P.O. Box 7247, Spokane, WA 99207-0247
Tests: Personalized Achievement Summary System Test (PASS), a norm-referenced test especially developed for homeschoolers in grades 3-8.
Results show both overall achievement and performance in each of the three subjects, which are reading, math and language. The PASS is an untimed test administered in the child’s customary learning atmosphere. Testing twice a year is recommended to obtain a more accurate measure of achievement. Parents have four weeks after receiving the testing material in which to administer the test. Once it is returned to Hewitt for computer scoring, a detailed analysis of the student’s performance is sent to the parents within four to six weeks. Technical reports can be sent to your superintendent if there are questions about the test.
Contact: (800) 348-1750 or (360) 835-8708. P.O. Box 9, Washougal, WA 98671-0009
Tests: Full CAT-5 Battery
The Huntington Learning Centers in Ashburn and Herndon will do CAT testing for homeschooled students. Testing hours are Monday – Friday 10am – 8pm.
Contact: Doug Ridenhour, (571) 223-1586 , 44031 Ashburn Village Shopping Plaza #107, Ashburn, VA 20147
Tests: California Achievement Test (CAT/5) (gr. 1-12), Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement (KTEA-II Brief Form) (gr. K-12), CogAT, IE
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Contact: Piedmont Education Services or call (336) 924-2494 between the hours of 9 a.m. – 5.p.m. (EST)
Tests: Individual tests: Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT) and Woodcock Johnson Group tests: Stanford, IOWA, CAT.
Certified Teacher, Homeschooling parent of 12+ years. Evaluations, Testing, Math Tutoring. Offers portfolio evaluations and individual and group testing.
Contact: Sarah Olbris, (757) 456-9659.
Tests: California Achievement Test (CAT) Survey for grades K-12, IOWA for grades K-12 (ITBS), IOWA W/Interest Explorer, New CAT 6 /TerraNova 2) Complete Battery w/Plus Test grades K-12, and TerraNova 2/CAT 6 Survey w/Plus Test.
Seton offers a wide variety of tests for homeschooled families and private schools. All tests may be ordered all year, and the CAT test is generally mailed within a day. Parents administer the CAT tests and then return for scoring. Results are sent to the parents usually in one week. Spring, Fall, and Winter norms are available. The IOWA Test administrators must have a bachelor’s degree per publisher requirements. Tests for the IOWA and the TerraNova should be ordered at least 3 weeks before the scheduled test date. The new CAT/6, (or Terra Nova2), test can be administered by the parent/teacher and a bachelor’s degree is NOT required. Test results for the IOWA and the TerraNova/CAT 6 are sent within 2 weeks. Seton also sells Spectrum Test Preparation books for grades 1-8, which contain practice tests which correlate with the six most commonly-administered standardized tests. Test Prep material is also available for the IOWA and the TerraNova.
Contact: Seton Testing, (800) 542-1066, 1350 Progress Drive, Front Royal, VA 22630
Tests: Iowa Tests (ITBS and ITED) for grades K-12 in complete battery format; CogAT, Interest Explorer, and Woodcock-Johnson III Tests of Achievement (WJ III) for grades PreK-12; Stanford 10 (SAT/10) and TerraNova 2 (CAT/6) for grades K-12 along with practice tests.
Owned by home schooling parents Chuck and Debbie Thompson. They offer homeschool consultation services and year-round testing. The Iowa Test administrators must have a bachelor’s degree or previous experience administering a standardized test. WJ III is offered primarily in the Raleigh, NC area – refer to website for various test packages.
Contact: Triangle, (919) 387-7004 between the hours of 9 a.m. – 5.p.m. (EST). (Email is preferred.) 5512 Merion Station Drive, Apex, NC 27539.
Tests: Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT)
Donna Turner has been a home-educator since 1979. Mother of twelve, she has taught her own children as well as tutored dozens of others. Donna has administered the WRAT test through-out the state of North Carolina and southern Virginia since 1985. The WRAT is effective for home schooled students end-of-grade test and grade placement for new home school families.
Contact: Donna Turner, (336) 351 – 4933
Tests: TerraNova2 Plus (CAT/6), TerraNova1 Plus (CTBS), California Achievement Test (CAT/5).
A homeschooling family owned business. They offer the new TerraNova2 Plus (CAT/6) — publisher-scored, TerraNova1 Plus (CTBS), and California Achievement Test (CAT/5). You can choose from Basic Skills, Survey (shorter test), and Complete Battery (longer test). Grades K – 12 available. Publisher’s practice tests available.
Contact: Thurber’s Educational Assessments, www.thurbers.net, (919) 967-5282. 400 Clayton Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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