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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 son was able to take the test at his own pace and it really relieved the pressure that comes with regular end of grade exams! Unknown on 17th May 2019
My son just started taking the practice test and it has been great. I love the site and how easy it is for us to jump right back in to where he left off. He can pick and choose the topics he wants to test on going in any order he chooses. I had a question about the grade level test I purchased, thinking I had the wrong one, and sent a message. A response came back almost immediately explaining why I got that test and put my mind at ease.
We haven't seent he scoring reports yet, but so far I am impressed and happy with everything. I will be using the same test next year!! Rebecca on 17th May 2019
I am very impressed and thankful over the ease of using this testing program. In addition, setting it up took me a little time to figure out and my email to customer service was responded to in rapid timing, so it didn't delay our testing schedule one bit.
The one thing I would suggest is to read the ordering instructions well before picking your grade level - I didn't even think that I should order anything different than the current grade, but apparently, I was supposed to pick the grade ahead since it's the end of the year. Even so, this has been good practice in testing skills for my son and has helped me understand his way of testing as I sit next to him and watch his progress. Jenn on 15th May 2019
I have used this for the past two years for our end of year testing. The tests are age appropriate and easy to use. My son does really well, and he doesn't have any problems comprehending the tests given. Stephanie on 14th May 2019
Eady to administer. Not too complex for my 3rd grader. I had a slight hiccup getting signed in the first time but customer service acted quickly and resent the link. I will use AE again with my other children. Paula Petersen on 13th May 2019
Was very pleased with the practice,& actual tests! Everything went smoothly while my daughter took the tests,& got results back very quickly! Will be using again next year. Kelly on 13th May 2019
I was unsure about testing, since we homeschool and my kids don't experience this type of testing. It is one of two options in my state. I avoided it for years. Then I found that I'm a qualified administrator for CAT. Tried the timed version before trying this and appreciated the feedback, even though my then-8-year-old walked out of the room where she was testing to come ask me an unrelated question - I'm pretty sure that affected her score! Still, seeing how my children compare to their peers was useful. Then I discovered the untimed version, which really allayed some stress for my kiddos and for me. It's easy for them to understand what to do and I appreciate the once a year comparison. Lindsay on 13th May 2019
This has been our third year using Academic Excellence for our EOG tests. The quick access to the tests, easy instructions, and instant results keeps us coming back. Highly recommended. Karen on 13th May 2019
We did untimed, premium results and had a great experience. Will use it again next year. Samantha on 12th May 2019
I wanted a quick and easy way to measure our sons academic progress. Easy to order with very quick email with information to take test. The results were almost instant! If you are looking at a test for personal use, this untimed version is perfect! I feel like I have a great idea now where he measures going in to the next school year. Rachel on 11th May 2019