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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.
The untimed CAT online achievement tests are a great way to introduce computerized tests to a homeschool student. With no added pressure of the clock counting down, my home schooled student easily took this test. I thought it was a great option as she will be entering high school in the next year. Levs on 17th Oct 2019
We use Academic Excellence every year Shannon Kiser on 27th Sep 2019
I had done several searches before choosing the CAT test from a Academic Excellence. What I love about this test was the fact that it was all online and that there was a “not timed” option. Being a homeschool Mom I sometimes feel a little lost, especially around test time. This was inexpensive and doesn’t require a degree, and can be completed at my sons own pace. I cannot say how grateful I am for finding this website!!! Thank you so much for helping making this homeschool Moms life allot easier. J C on 19th Sep 2019
This untimed online test is a great diagnostic tool for homeschooling families or to gauge any student's progress. This inexpensive and convenient option has clear instructions for taking the test and easy to understand scoring explanations. The results are given in pdf form for printing. My kids loved the printable certificate they received after completion of their testing. Will use this service again. Dyani Diglio on 17th Sep 2019
Excellent way to have your child/children without the pressure of feeling rushed. Unknown on 13th Sep 2019
The CAT is the test I took as a child. As I remembered, the exam is thorough, challenging, and grading is well-explained. I use this as the EOG for my homeschooled kids. The grading helps me know what needs to be reviewed. I choose the untied because of the home environment and because of challenges one of my children experiences. It’s important that I am testing knowledge, not inciting test anxiety. Unknown on 10th Sep 2019
I have been a public school Exceptional Educator for over 27 years and a Homeschool Mom for 2 years. Just as in my classroom, it’s important for me to know where the student is academically at the beginning, middle and end of the school year. I am able to gain the knowledge of the academic strengths as well as what areas need to be strengthened. I gain a lot of insight from the premier scoring and the suggestion of materials. It is great to receive the scores, graphs, academic achievement levels within moments after selecting the finished button for the exam. When my son returned to public school in 2017, he attended a well known educational system. The grade level counselor was impressed that we used the CAT test. Due to the reliability of this assessment, my 9th grader scored as a freshman in college and was placed in Honor classes.
I also enjoy the student ID and Teacher ID from academic excellence. Jacqueline MB Pratt on 7th Sep 2019
I recommend the California Achievement Test, it is a great way to have your child/children tested at your own pace. Excellent for struggling students to not feel the pressure of being timed. Unknown on 5th Sep 2019
Easy to use. No tech problems. Unknown on 5th Sep 2019
The test is very simple and straight forward. Even my child with special needs was able to complete it with ease. I love the instant grading too. We will use this again next year for sure! Heather Thompson on 28th Aug 2019