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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
◦ 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 - Now standard on all full tests at no extra charge.
◦ 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.
I am so glad I was referred to this website for my child to take his CAT. It was easy to administer and he was able to take the test without complication- even though he has limited computer experience. I love that the scoring is immediate. I will definitely be coming back for our CAT needs!
Kirsten on 17th Aug 2022
So easy to access and love how quickly you get your results. Unknown on 16th Aug 2022
Using the untimed CAT through Academic Excellence was a breeze. This was our first year of testing, which was intimidating, but the process was very easy. Sarah B. on 16th Aug 2022
Definitely will be using it again Beverly Carter on 15th Aug 2022
Easy and less stressful on my son with ADHD Patricia Keys on 15th Aug 2022
I am a homeschooling mom of two children and have never officially had my kids tested. I researched a few online providers of nationally normed tests and ultimately decided on Academic Excellence. The main reason is, honestly, I could understand their website! Everything was so easily organized and explained clearly that I knew exactly what I was purchasing. I purchased the sample tests and then the CAT untimed. This whole process was seamless and easy for me and my kids. Loved how they could take breaks and even come back to it the next day. We never had any system issues. Test results were received within an hour and were extremely detailed but not a bit confusing. I'm very satisfied with my decision to use Academic Excellence and definitely plan on using them for testing in the years ahead as opposed to the portfolio option. This route was just so much easier! I also plan on taking advantage of their transcript options too. Lastly, I did have questions about which grade level test to purchase. I called and spoke to a rep who was very helpful with what they recommend. I ultimately chose to test my kids for the grade that they just completed and not the next grade level. Like me, I believe anyone would be very much satisfied by choosing this company. Gail on 14th Aug 2022
The test was easy to access and complete. My son was at first nervous but after seeing what to expect from it he really liked it. We could access the results right after. We liked it a lot and will use it for our other children too. Azra on 14th Aug 2022
I have 6 kids. 5 of them needed testing, but since 2020, my tester has no longer been testing. I was recommended this company by a friend. I love the untimed version. I always hated being timed on my tests. It just gave me an added anxiety that made it difficult to work through problems. So this was wonderful for all my kids, but especially for my son with dyslexia. I'd say between the 5 of them, the average time it took to test, was about 6 hrs. Because if this is on timed it could have been split up into multiple days, but I personally wanted to knock it out in one day per test. I will definitely be using this company again. This was the least expensive of all of them that I had looked at as well. Some of the questions were strangely worded, but overall I thought it was very good. Lisa on 12th Aug 2022
Best test to use for proof of progress! I tell all new homeschoolers about Academic Excellence's tests. Easy to use and quick results. Thank you! Michelle on 11th Aug 2022
This is the best way to end of the year test if you are a homeschooler. Its affordable and easy to use. This is our 4th year testing using this program. Heather Thompson on 10th Aug 2022