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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.
was perfect for my children to take at there own time and not stress to hurry to finish. laura on 27th May 2020
We could not get the audio to work on this test on our desktop computer. Other programs’ audio worked fine. I used our iPad instead, and that worked perfectly.
I clicked the link in the email and handed the iPad to my seven year old. The program guided her through the test and she let me know when each section was done. I had her stand up and stretch and get a quick drink between sections, and she completed the test in a couple of hours.
Test results were sent to me almost immediately, and I really like how everything is presented. This is exactly what we needed to fulfill our state’s homeschool assessment requirements for next year’s notification.
I will define use Academic Excellence and this test next year. I recommend this service to anyone interested in having their child taking an assessment test. Michelle A on 26th May 2020
Love the convenience of the online test and the quick results. Sent an email during the test for help and they were quick to get right back to us! Unknown on 25th May 2020
This is our first year using a formal test. I was relieved at how well-written this test was how it gave a few examples and clearly explained the instructions. We split the testing into 4 days. 1 day for the practice test and then one day for each of the three sections. My son could have completed it in one day but would have needed several breaks and we didn't feel that it would be beneficial. The scoring was fantastic. I really appreciated the break down of scores and the grade equivalents, explanations etc. It was handy when we all sat down to go over the results together. We had a good first experience. Thanks! Samantha Moses on 24th May 2020
The test was not timed which gave our ADHD son the extra time needed to complete it. He advised that he actually enjoyed taking this test and felt more relaxed than when tests have been administered at school. The grading of the test was done quickly and the feedback is very helpful in understanding where he is academically. We will be using this again next year! Great job Academic Excellence, your name fits! K. Darrel Bowles on 23rd May 2020
My 2nd grader responded well to this test. It was straightforward and easy to break in between sections. Stacy on 23rd May 2020
This test was easy to use. You could use it at your own pace. The results came back within minutes. Perfect. Unknown on 21st May 2020
We order the CAT test every year and have been pleased with the entire process. Everything from placing the order to the downloads have been easy and you get the results right away. S. Rockwell on 20th May 2020
This was the first time I have used a standardized test for my homeschool and it was very easy to purchase and use. I liked the flexibility of being able to take breaks with the un-timed test and that the results came back so quickly. We will be using this again! Megan on 15th May 2020
I home school my kiddo with autism and we take this test for end of year testing. I love that he can take his time as to not get overwhelmed. Heather on 11th May 2020