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 (KTEA)
Location: Augusta County. 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), currently ABD at UVa working toward a Ph.D. in Education (Social Foundations). Licensed in VA and TX. Homeschooling/unschooling in VA since 1990. Parent of six homeschooled children. Testing and evaluations since 1991 in over 20 Virginia school districts.
Offers individual testing with the Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement (KTEA). Untimed, no bubbles, scored immediately! Average time about one hour. 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.
Contact: Brenda Rose, (540) 885-9618
Tests: California Achievement Test (CAT/5) Grades K – 12
Owned by homeschooling parents Donny and Sandy Ball.
Contact: (800) 723-3057
Tests: IOWA Test (IBTS) Grades K-12, Stanford Grades K-12
The test administrator for the IOWA is required to have a bachelor’s degree or meet BJUP requirements for a traditional teacher. The test administrator for the Stanford is required to have a bachelor’s degree AND meet BJUP requirements for “approved” tester. The application process for approval takes about 10 days and must be completed prior to ordering tests. There are also special requirements for completing SAT testing with children who are relatives of the test administrator. Tests need to be ordered 4 – 5 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 50 days of receipt. Computer-scored results will be sent to the one who ordered the tests. BJUP will provide names of Stanford Testers in your area if you request it.
Contact: Greenville, SC 29614, (800) 845-5731
Tests: NEW CAT/6 (Terra Nova CTBS), Iowa Tests, and the Basic Achievement Skills Inventory (BASI) plus other testing services
We offer a wide variety of standardized achievement tests for homeschool families. All of our tests are the latest tests available for homeschool use. Our new CAT/6, (or Terra Nova CTBS), test can be done by the parent/teacher and a bachelor’s degree is NOT required. 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, IQ testing and even Career Testing. We carry the NEW CAT/6 (Terra Nova CTBS), Iowa Tests, and the Basic Achievement Skills Inventory (BASI) plus other testing services. We also schedule professionally administered individualized achievement tests.
Contact: (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: Testing services based on Standards of Learning for English, Math, and Science with options including skill sets, grade level tests, and state practice tests. Grades 2-12.
A privately owned online company headquartered in Richmond, VA. Online sample tests are available to try out before making a purchase.
Contact: (888) 335-8378. 6800 Paragon Place, Suite 237, Richmond, VA 23230
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: Group testing with the Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills (CTBS) in several Virginia locations including Hampton Roads, Richmond, Charlottesville, Northern Virginia. Her schedule is limited.
Qualifications: She is a former Virginia homeschooling mother of now adult children and a professor of education. Also offers portfolio evaluations
Contact: School of Education, Seattle University, 900 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122. 206-296-5778
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
Huntington Learning Center
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: Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills (CTBS) for credentialed teachers to administer.
Practice tests for standardized tests are available. Orders are shipped within 3 working days. The CTBS must be returned for scoring within 3 weeks. The CTBS tests are sent for professional machine scoring on May 15th and August 15th. Allow 6 to 8 weeks for receipt of test results.
Contact: (800) 779-6750, (714) 668-1343, 2179 Mayer Place, Costa Mesa, California 92627
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.
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 or (919) 274-7495 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: California Achievement Test (CAT/5)
A homeschooling family owned business. They offer four different testing options with the CAT/5. The CAT/5 Complete Battery for grades K-12 gives you the most comprehensive test results. For a more limited test, called “Basic Skills”, order the same Complete Battery; but do not give the Social Studies, Science, Word Analysis or Study Skills subtests. The instructions will tell you exactly how to do this. The CAT/5 Survey is a short form of the Complete Battery for Grades 2-12; Expect to receive the Student Reports in six to eight weeks.
Contact: (919) 967-5282 400 Clayton Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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