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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.
This is my second year using this particular test and I find that my students are calmed and can "THINK"! However, as Juniors and Seniors, I realize that they will be timed on PSAT/SAT Testing UNLESS you come up with a compatible Untimed Test that they can take without the stress that comes with it! (: This certainly has been a blessing from me as well as the students. Silver Homeschool on 22nd Aug 2019
We like the untimed test. It helps us because we have a slow internet connection. Buying the untimed version prevents getting "wrong" answers and needed to log in continuously due to loss of signal. We learned last year the timer doesn't stop if you're kick out because of loss of signal. Unknown on 20th Aug 2019
The test is simple & straightforward. It is an easy adaption for children with special needs as it is untimed so they aren't rushed or stressed. Laura Meyer on 20th Aug 2019
Entire process was easy.
My students took the test and were able to understand their results. The cost was minimal compared to other programs we reviewed.
The final result was sent to us immediately. Very simple.
Will definitely recommend on 19th Aug 2019
When I homeschooled my oldest, I always gave him the Terra Nova/CAT test, which is timed, and on paper. Even for him, I wish I would've found this test for him, then. This was the first year I had to test my youngest who just finished "1st" grade, he has asd and spd. I am so thankful so many others directed me here, bc this test was amazing. It read him the directions, there was no time limit, the step up was very very easy for him to navigate, AND the simple format STILL kept my son engaged! He treated the test like it was a game, which I didn't mind bc he was doing so well. So, yes I love this test and will be among others recommending this test to everyone looking for a great end of year achievement test! Thank you for taking the stress of test taking out of my home from here on out!! N.Bullock on 6th Aug 2019
I love that the results are in as soon as you send it in and last year we had internet issues and one test each wasn't submitted with the others and we got the results except for the ones that the internet messes up on.So I had to contact customer service and they were great and helped me get the results for those test. Kelly Vaughn on 5th Aug 2019
We love the fact that you get the results immediately after the test is finished. So easy to administer! Very pleasant testing experience!!! Unknown on 5th Aug 2019
Excellent product. Love working with Academic Excellence Unknown on 30th Jul 2019
We used CAT for end of the year testing in 2nd and 6th grades and were very pleased with how easy the testing was to administer, how quickly you obtain results and how thorough the results are. Will be using again next year. Kristine Bell on 28th Jul 2019
This is the first year I have used this test for my children’s yearly standardized test. My older children appreciated the option to pause and take “brain breaks”, to eat and decompress before diving back in. My youngest child loved that her level had audio instructions. The untimed test took away a lot of the stress my children had about the “big test”. For the mere $3 more for the graphs and charts, it provides a visual representation of the results. I highly recommend this test and will be using it every year. Courtney Simon on 24th Jul 2019