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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 assessment was very easy for my daughter to take and she had the untimed version which took the stress out of it. She completed most sections with time to spare. It was great to see the results immediately and print them off. Heather on 16th Jun 2020
Been using for 2 students approximately 5 yrs. Easy to order, to understand directions, and to administer. Kids have few issues in completing and results are recorded a few seconds short of immediate! Thank you. Sara Audette on 16th Jun 2020
I was using this test to do a graduation review for my son as a personal evaluation was both difficult to get during this time as well as more expensive. The price was good, it didn't take him too long to test, and the fast results were easy to understand. Renee W. Peska on 14th Jun 2020
This is our first year taking state-approved end-of-the-year assessments by testing. Due to COVID19, my kids (twins finishing 5th grade) took the test at home with me proctoring. I would sit with them as they started a section to be sure that they understood instructions and the 2 sample questions at the start of each section. Once they began the section, I would step away and let them complete it by themselves. Aside from reminding them gently every few minutes to go slow, read the question completely, and double check all answers before just clicking any "none of the above" answers, they were on their own. We took breaks between each section, and gave each kid a full day to complete the exam (both took about 4 hours with breaks to complete the test). They both did very well and we are really pleased with the ease of use of the testing platform, the scope of the questions, and the scoring page. This will absolutely suffice for my district's requirements, and I will probably opt to test again next year instead of a written assessment! I highly recommend the CAT Untimed Test from Academic Excellence. Alison Burgess on 14th Jun 2020
This is our 4th year using the untimed online version and it is awesome! It is very user friendly. I love that it is untimed. That way your child can take breaks and come back when ready. This way you can ensure he/she is performing at their best! Will be using this test until graduation for all my kiddos!! Pleased Mama Bear on 11th Jun 2020
Easy to administer, but loved that it was untimed. The premium scoring was awesome - so glad I opted for that. It is very helpful to know how well your child is doing. Next year can be tailored around areas of strength or weakness. Tiana Hudson on 10th Jun 2020
Testing makes my daughter very uneasy and anxious. We loved that this test was untimed and we could spread it out over a couple of days so she didn't get overwhelmed. Very glad we went this direction. My 7th grade had a very easy time navigating the testing site. Thank you for making this available for parents! Rachell on 5th Jun 2020
While some of the Language Arts portions of the test were worded a little unclearly, the test as a whole was convenient, easy to navigate, and swift. With all things uncertain in the spring of 2020, it was perfect to have an easy assessment for my homeschooled, 6th grade student. Courtney on 5th Jun 2020
Glad to have the option of not being timed. Results easy to understand.
3rd and 4th grader- they clearly understood directions Deana Shepherd on 3rd Jun 2020
This was perfect for us. I had a 1st, 4th and 5th Grader take this. It was easy and straight forward. The turn around on results is my favorite. We always upgrade the grading as well. Thanks for all you guys do! Kim on 3rd Jun 2020