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The California Achievement Test (CAT) is one of the most widely used of the student assessments for basic academic skills. The CAT provides educators, students and their parents with a measure of achievement and national comparison in reading, language, spelling, and mathematics.
For students needing special accommodations, Academic Excellences offers the complete online achievement testing in an untimed format. Like the timed version, this test provides a comprehensive assessment across reading, language, and mathematics. Tests are divided into multiple sections that can be easily administered by parents or educators. These tests can be taken over as many sessions as necessary based upon the schedule of the student and provide total flexibility.
Meeting most state and umbrella school requirements for annual testing, the California Achievement Test offered by Academic Excellence provides insight into students' scholastic progress by scoring grade equivalency, percentile ranking, and stanine. Click here for an explanation of the scores.
Benefits of utilizing Academic Excellence online achievement testing include:
◦ Reliable and up-to-date results based on biannual norming
◦ Freedom to test according to your schedule
◦ No bachelor’s degree required for test administration
◦ Flexibility to divide tests into multiple sessions, as needed
◦ Our tests do not expire
◦ Stress free testing with complete proctoring by the online system
◦ Immediate scores and results
◦ Year to year comparisons of students' progress within the Academic Excellence portal
◦ 24/7 access to tests and results
◦ Printable results
◦ Device friendly; access using desktop, laptop, and/or tablet with no scrolling necessary to take the test
◦ Professionally developed and produced with the permission of the original publisher
◦ Widely recognized and accepted by state and local educational agencies
Certificate of Completion: As an added value to our customers, Academic Excellence is pleased to provide a free, printable certificate of achievement to all students who complete an AE California Achievement Test. You can view a sample of the certificate here.
Premium Scoring: Receive additional scoring, such as composite scores, along with charts and graphs for easier analysis of test results. Click here to view a sample premium scoring report.
Practice Test: We understand that parents may have some reservations prior to the first time their students take an online test. As an option, we offer an additional practice CAT in order to acclimate students to the online testing process. This test is approximate 25% the length of the actual test, and provides only a count of the correctly answered questions. If this option fits your need, please select it above.
Recommendation Service: Academic Excellence's independent recommendation service is for home educators who would like to receive customized curriculum recommendations based upon the achievement test results. Academic Excellence is not affiliated with any curriculum publisher and provides objective, experienced feedback on curriculum. The Academic Excellence staff have been involved in home education since 1987 and have extensive experience with curriculum providers and the spectrum of homeschooling philosophies.
The resource recommendations from Academic Excellence are strategically selected to strengthen and improve competency and mastery in academic areas presented in standardized testing. These key selected resources make excellent "tutoring aides" and addenda to any curriculum. Our goal in developing the Academic Excellence recommendation service is to provide parents with user friendly, economical resources that strengthen students' academic achievement and testing skills; focus tutoring and teaching efforts; and facilitate preparation for and success in ACT, SAT, and college testing. All recommendations are based upon the student's test scores and our staff's extensive experience with home education. Each of the primary recommendations are provided in correlation to individual students' scores to questions and sections of standardized tests. Secondary resources are often challenging, educational games or less formal learning practices. Each recommendation is measured by ease of use by parents; levels of response, enjoyment, and success by students; and affordability. By targeting and addressing students' deficit areas with easy to use and economical tutorial resources, test scores, grades, and confidence elevate and improve. Recommendations in students' areas of proficiency keep students engaged, challenged, and progressing in all subject areas. We have found this to be an easy, economical way to ensure academic excellence and success.
◦ Student First Name - Enter the first name of the student to be tested in the space provided.
◦ Student Last Name - Enter the last name of the student to be tested in the space provided.
◦ Grade Level - If you are testing in the middle of school year, select the student's current grade level. If you are testing at the end of school year or between school years, select the next grade level for the student; not the student's past grade level.
◦ Premium Scoring - Select if you want a composite score as part of your student's assessment.
◦ Add Practice CAT - Select if you would like to receive a practice online achievement test for your student.
◦ Recommendation Service - Indicate if you want Curriculum Recommendation Service.
◦ Add to Cart - Enter information for one student only, then select the Add to Cart button.
Once you have placed your California Achievement Test purchase with Academic Excellence, you will receive both an order confirmation and an email containing the user name and password to log into the Academic Excellence education portal. Please allow up to twenty minutes to receive this email and check your spam folder if you do not receive the email.
If you wish to purchase testing services for another student, or wish to make other purchases, select the Continue Shopping link after viewing your shopping cart.
My children get through these test well. And score really good. And the results are back as soon as they are finished. Darlene Dobbs on 22nd Oct 2017
We use this test annual to track progress. It helps my kids see that they are doing well and I have seen their confidence increase. Unknown on 20th Oct 2017
Having the online test is appealing to my teenage boys. They said they liked it (as far as testing goes). Easy to leave for meal times or chores, easy to pick up right where they ended. We will be doing this again. Dana on 17th Oct 2017
We just started homeschooling. I used the untimed CAT Test as a way to see where my son is at in his skills. The test was well structured and he was able to do it on his own with the built in proctor. We will be using this service again in the future. Thank you for a useful product. (7yo, 2nd Grade, 1st Grade reader) Unknown on 13th Oct 2017
I have used CAT tests through Academic Excellence for many years now and have no complaints whatsoever. The tests are straightforward, easy to administer, and the online option grades and sends results almost immediately. The un-timed version eliminates the stress factor that sometimes accompanies standardized testing. This is the best testing product I've used and I plan to continue using it in the future. Unknown on 9th Oct 2017
We are new to homeschooling. I appreciated the prime scoring and grade level breakdown made it easier for me to compare with the results of her public school assessments from previous years. My daughter is a 2e learner and the untimed option worked out pretty nice for her. We'll definitely be using it again. shawna on 18th Sep 2017
First time trying online testing this year . It went great! I loved getting the results immediately and not having to wait two weeks !I will definitely be doing this again . Shannon on 16th Sep 2017
When I began homeschooling my children, I immediately thought of using CAT because that is the test used when I was in school. The fact that it could be taken online and automatically scored was extra helpful. Because their was no time limit, we were able to stop and start when there were interruptions and fit it to our schedule. This also allowed the children to feel less stressed about taking the test. I am extremely satisfied with this achievement test and the scoring. I would like them to work on adding assessments in science and essay writing. Angelia Lawrence on 9th Sep 2017
This was the first online achievement test for my 4th grader. Having this test untimed reduced a ton of stress, especially as we had a network hiccup with our internet provider during one of the tests. It was a little challenging for her to click in the small circles for the answers, and if I'd change anything, it would be to make those buttons bigger or otherwise make it easier for inexperienced computer users to select the desired answers.
My 4th grader prefers to do school year round and recently completed 3rd grade, so we took the 4th grade test per the recommendation on the web site to test up a grade if you have recently completed a grade. There were some new concepts (mainly in the Math sections) that were not covered in our 3rd grade curriculum, but overall most of the questions and concepts were easily understood.
Upon payment for the test, we received nearly instant access to the exams. It was also great to be able to immediately see the test score results upon completion of the various sections.
I will highly recommend this exam to others. Daniel on 5th Sep 2017
This is the first time taking an achievement test for my 8th grader. I was very impressed with the way the test is formated as well as the option for not having it timed. My son is not special needs, but with a crazy schedule and 4 other kids in the house, I wanted my son to focus 100% every time he sat down to test. My son too was surprised that the test was not stressful. He scored way above what I imagined he would and that helped boost my confidence as a home schooling parent. Thank you so much! Jennifer W. Baxter on 4th Sep 2017