FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

 

General Questions About Our California Achievement Tests

1. What competencies do the California Achievement Tests cover?
2. Is the California Achievement Test a nationally recognized achievement test?
3. Does my state require achievement testing for homeschooling?


Ordering Our California Achievement Tests

1. When will I receive access to my test?
2. How will I receive access to my test?
3. What if I did not receive my email with my login information?


Administering Our California Achievement Tests

1. Is a special degree required for administering the California Achievement Test?
2. How long is required to take the California Achievement Test?
3. How long do I have to take the California Achievement Test?


California Achievement Test Results

1. What scores do you receive upon completion of the California Achievement Test?
2. When will I receive my scores and in what format?
3. How long will my scores be available in the Academic Excellence Education Portal?


Our Curriculum Recommendation Service

1. Is the recommendation service related to a particular program or curriculum provider?
2. Is the recommendations based upon my test scores?
3. When do I receive my curriculum recommendations?


Answers

 

General Questions About Our California Achievement Tests

Question: What competencies do the California Achievement Tests cover? (Back to Top)
Answer: Competencies covered vary by grade level. The following tables give details for each grade:

Grade Level: 2

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  • Auding
  • Capitalization
  • Punctuation
  • Usage and Structure
  • Spelling

Mathematics

 

  • Computation
  • Concepts
  • Problems

Reading

 

  • Comprehension
  • Vocabulary 1
  • Vocabulary 2

 

Grade Level: 3

Language

 

  • Capitalization
  • Punctuation
  • Usage and Structure
  • Spelling

Mathematics

 

  • Computation
  • Concepts
  • Problems

Reading

  • Comprehension
  • Vocabulary

 

Grade Levels: 4, 5, & 6

Language

 

 

  • Capitalization
  • Punctuation 1
  • Punctuation 2
  • Usage and Structure
  • Spelling

Mathematics

 

  • Computation
  • Concepts
  • Fractions
  • Problems

Reading

  • Comprehension
  • Vocabulary

 

Grade Levels: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, & 12

Language

 

  • Capitalization
  • Punctuation
  • Usage and Structure
  • Spelling

Mathematics

 

  • Computation
  • Concepts
  • Problems

Reading

  • Comprehension
  • Vocabulary

 



Question: Is the California Achievement Test a nationally recognized achievement test? (Back to Top)
Answer: Yes. The California Achievement Test is one of the most widely used and accepted national achievement test.

Question: Does my state require achievement testing for homeschooling? (Back to Top)
Answer: Click here to view state requirement information.


Ordering Our California Achievement Tests

Question: When will I receive access to my test? (Back to Top)
Answer: Within five minutes of completion of your purchase.

Question: How will I receive access to my test? (Back to Top)
Answer: Upon completion of your purchase you will receive two emails. The first will be a receipt for your purchase. The second will be your login information for taking your test.

Question: What if I did not receive my email with my login information? (Back to Top)
Answer: First thing to do is check the SPAM folder of your email. If there is no email there, contact us at support@academicexcellence.com or 866-960-9331.


Administering Our California Achievement Tests

Question: Is a special degree required for administering the California Achievement Test? (Back to Top)
Answer: No. The online achievement test is designed to utilize technology to handle cumbersome testing procedures and guarantee a fair administration of the testing process.

Question: How long is required to take the California Achievement Test? (Back to Top)
Answer:

Grade Level: 2 (2 Hours, 8+ minutes)

Language

 

 

  • Auding (7 minutes)
  • Capitalization (6 minutes)
  • Punctuation (6 minutes)
  • Usage and Structure (12 minutes)
  • Spelling (11 minutes)

Mathematics

 

  • Computation (16 minutes)
  • Concepts (8 minutes)
  • Problems (11 minutes)

Reading

 

  • Comprehension (18 minutes)
  • Vocabulary 1 (Not timed)
  • Vocabulary 2 (33 minutes)

 

Grade Level: 3 (2 Hours, 12 minutes)

Language

 

  • Capitalization (11 minutes)
  • Punctuation (13 minutes)
  • Usage and Structure (7 minutes)
  • Spelling (8 minutes)

Mathematics

 

  • Computation (29 minutes)
  • Concepts (9 minutes)
  • Problems (15 minutes)

Reading

  • Comprehension (29 minutes)
  • Vocabulary (11 minutes)

 

Grade Levels: 4, 5, & 6 (2 Hours, 45 minutes)

Language

 

 

  • Capitalization (9 minutes)
  • Punctuation 1 (10 minutes)
  • Punctuation 2 (8 minutes)
  • Usage and Structure (12 minutes)
  • Spelling (8 minutes)

Mathematics

 

  • Computation (36 minutes)
  • Concepts (8 minutes)
  • Fractions (15 minutes)
  • Problems (12 minutes)

Reading

  • Comprehension (40 minutes)
  • Vocabulary (11 minutes)

 

Grade Levels: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, & 12 (2 Hours, 44 minutes)

Language

 

  • Capitalization (10 minutes)
  • Punctuation (17 minutes)
  • Usage and Structure (15 minutes)
  • Spelling (9 minutes)

Mathematics

 

  • Computation (33 minutes)
  • Concepts (12 minutes)
  • Problems (13 minutes)

Reading

  • Comprehension (44 minutes)
  • Vocabulary (11 minutes)



Question: How long do I have to take the California Achievement Test? (Back to Top)
Answer: Students have one year from the date the test was purchased to finish the test. The various sections of each test can be spread out and taken any time during that year.


California Achievement Test Results

Question: What scores do you receive upon completion of the California Achievement Test? (Back to Top)
Answer: The table below describes the standard scores for the achievement test. A composite score reflecting competency across all subjects is available for an additional fee. Please note that the practice CAT only provides the raw score.

Score NameExplanation of Score
Raw Scores
Raw scores are the actual number of correct answers within a given test section, and are used to calculate the Grade Equivalent, Percentile, and Stanine results. They should not be used for any kind of comparison or statistical calculation since each test section varies in the difficulty and number of questions.
Grade Equivalent Scores

Grade equivalent scores represent the grade level (year and month separated by a decimal point) of a student's ability compared to the median score of students at the same academic level.

Scores that are above a student's grade level do not by themselves indicate proficiency to skip to the next grade level in the particular academic areas. These scores more likely show an understanding of only some of the concepts of that higher grade. Conversely, scores below a student's grade level may indicate a gap of understanding in those academic areas. Scores equal to a student's grade level are considered the minimum for grade level ability.

Percentile Scores
Percentile scores are equivalent to the percentage of students from the norm group who received lower scores than the student. For example, a student with a percentile score of 73 means that the student did better than approximately 73% of the students in the norm group. Percentile scores do not represent the number of questions answered correctly.

Percentiles are useful for comparing a student's performance over several sections of the test. However, because they are not measured on an equal scale of units, they are not suitable for most statistical calculations.
Stanine Scores

Derived from the term STAndard score from a NINE-unit scale, stanines are based on the mean of the norm group (who are given the score of 5) and a standard deviation of 2.0. Scores are determined by the amount of standard deviation from the norm group, in approximately one-half standard deviation increments. The following table lists the meaning of each score:

9 Highest Level 6 Slightly Above Average 3 Well Below Average
8 High Level 5 Average 2 Low Level
7 Well Above Average 4 Slightly Below Average 1 Lowest Level

 



Question: When will I receive my scores and in what format? (Back to Top)
Answer: Test scores are always available from the test page, from the scores panel. From there, scores can be viewed or downloaded as a PDF. Additionally, scores will be emailed to you upon completion of the test.

Question: How long will my scores be available in the Academic Excellence Education Portal? (Back to Top)
Answer: Scores will be available in our system for a minimum of one year. Our goal however, is to allow parents and educators to track educational progress over time. Based upon this goal, your student's scores will remain in our system for as long as you order our testing service on an annual basis.


Our Curriculum Recommendation Service

Question: Is the recommendation service related to a particular program or curriculum provider? (Back to Top)
Answer: No. The Academic Excellence curriculum recommendation service is completely unbiased so that we provide recommendations on the best curriculum for your students without financial benefit to Academic Excellence.

Question: Are the recommendations based upon my test scores? (Back to Top)
Answer: Yes. All curriculum recommendations are based upon the student's test scores and our staff's extensive experience with home education.

Question: When do I receive my curriculum recommendations? (Back to Top)
Answer: If you have purchased the recommendation service, curriculum recommendations will be emailed to you upon completion of the achievement test.


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