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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 was the second time I used the untimed test for my children. It helps me to know where they stand, as far as grade levels go, and if I need to make an changes in our curriculum or use extra materials if they are struggling. The untimed test is really helpful because the kids don't feel the pressure of getting it done in a certain time frame and I can really tell what they do and don't know. We will be using this test again in the future! Staci on 1st Jun 2021
I was so happy to find out that my daughter could take this test untimed! It helped greatly with the stress to be able to do some here and there day by day! I appreciate this option! Website was very straight forward and easy to navigate. Thank you! Valarie on 30th May 2021
I just started homeschooling because my child was struggling in the virtual school. This gave me accurate answers to where he was academically. He also enjoyed not feeling rushed or scared to take it. Thank you for creating this option. Hollie s Disla on 29th May 2021
My kids don't test well with instructors or public school. So we started homeschooling. Myself and the school board needs to know how my girls are doing with home instruction, this was the perfect answer. All online, no special requirements. Untimed is available (we done ours over 3 days, 1 subject per day). The practice test relieved a lot of anxieties from me and the kids. I'd definitely recommend. If you need it for the school board, be sure to get premium scores added so you get the stanine scores they need. Splawnfam on 28th May 2021
I the cat test to my granddaughter and it was so easy to do and to break it up into timed segments since she struggles with ADHD.
She was able to take her time and do her very best thanks so much for all you do for all of us. Betsy Sargent on 27th May 2021
We chose to do an untimed test for our 1st grader. We wanted to make sure we were at or above grade level and comfortable with the material. Pricing was reasonable and customer support was phenomenal. I loved that it was online and instant results. It gave me daughter a lot of confidence. We will continue to use this test for as long as we homeschool. Lauren Groth on 26th May 2021
Our state requires academic testing in several grades. There are many options for testing, but we chose the Online California Achievement Test, untimed. This year I had two students using these tests. Knowing my children, this test was well suited for their needs. The format is simple to navigate and user friendly. My students excelled at this type of test. Angela Kochis on 26th May 2021
We are so thankful to Academic Excellence!
You made our homeschool CAT testing experience a positive one. We were able to test at our own convenience and the website was easy to navigate. We plan to continue testing with you and will recommend you to our homeschooling family and friends. Judy L Trevino on 25th May 2021
Product was sometimes slow to run and to upload answers, due to apparent system overload at certain times of day, and at one point we were unable to "Finish and Send" and had to retake one of the tests. However, the staff was very helpful and responsive to our concerns, and the problem was quite quickly worked out to our satisfaction. The response time for grading is immediate. I would continue to use this product. Elizabeth C. McKenzie on 25th May 2021
I have this test to my daughter to satisfy state requirements. After loading the website, my daughter (7) could easily read and follow the directions on her own (yes I proctored). There was no test stress and she even said she enjoyed taking it. Fast and informative results, would highly recommend! Kristan on 24th May 2021