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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 instructions were clear and straight forward. The test was easy to administer and the results came in quickly. As a new homeschooler this was just what I needed. The price was also perfect, especially if you have multiple children to purchase for. TJ on 9th Sep 2020
We are beginning our homeschool journey this year and will be required to submit test results to the state as a part of that. I had my daughter take this test so that we have a starting point and can demonstrate growth. She was able to manage the test easily on her own and could stop and come back to it, so she didn't have to finish it all in one setting. Very pleased with the testing process as well as the content provided with the results. I can see where her weak areas are and make my plans for the next year accordingly. Kelly on 9th Sep 2020
Super easy to use and understand will be ordering again Unknown on 4th Sep 2020
This was great!! We homeschool so this is a good way to know where our kid is in each subject. Love it! And the price is great as well! Homeschool mom on 28th Aug 2020
We appreciate the untimed testing option. The results are available immediately and we found the premium scoring worth the extra $3. This test is very reasonably priced. Cindy on 26th Aug 2020
No order hassle, good price, love the not timed option for my son on the Autism Spectrum. Difficult enough to challenge but didn't frustrate either of us. I will use it again next year. Krystle Homeschool Parent From North Carolina on 26th Aug 2020
My students are relaxed taking this test that measures what they’ve learned from the previous school year. It gives them time to think before feeling like they are rushed to answer the questions. I’m very impressed! Unknown on 23rd Aug 2020
Needed a national standardized test to measure and document my kids' progress this year in homeschool. This test measures key areas in math and language arts and was a great format for my kids. Questions were challenging but fair, and the reports were useful in planning next year. Anne from Florida on 18th Aug 2020
Easy to use, exactly what i needed. Unknown on 15th Aug 2020
I am so glad that I found Academic Excellence for my home school testing! The tests are very affordable, and they make it easy to order exactly what I want online and download instantly.
It's so helpful to be able to test at the end of MY family's academic year instead of having to test during the school year with other groups or testing companies.
Also, I receive my children's test scores IMMEDIATELY! Can't beat that! I especially like the Premium Scoring option. The results are presented in a very detailed and professional manner. My evaluator was very impressed with the format.
I will definitely continue to use Academic Excellence for our future home school testing needs. Unknown on 11th Aug 2020