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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.
We bought the test and the information that we needed was quickly received. My son completed the test easily and efficiently. Directions were clear and were made to be understandable for the child as well. This was the 1st year using this type of test and I will use it a million times over. Just super easy, my kid wasn't filled with anxiety and results were within minutes. Dana on 31st Jul 2023
Our son is on the spectrum and testing is a nightmare. We know he has the knowledge, but does not test well. He breezed through this and the test results were quick. Very user friendly and affordable. Thanks for helping us with the homeschool requirements. Susan on 30th Jul 2023
It was easy to use. Didn't take too long to do. My daughter struggled a little but did her best. Will Continue to use this in the future. Crystal on 27th Jul 2023
This test was perfect for our family. It was our first testing after a completion of a homeschool year. It was extremely easy to understand, easy to administer, and the testing results were so quickly given to us. Mary on 20th Jul 2023
This is the 2nd year we have used the Academic Excellence forum and it’s great. Both my daughters are homeschooling for grades 6and 9. The test was accurate for their knowledge and overview of the school year. We are very pleased. Susan on 18th Jul 2023
This was our first time using this program and compared to others we had to send away for and mail back this takes all the time in between away and gives you a stress free experience for child and partent. Wish we knew about this sooner. Aisha on 18th Jul 2023
Having an Untimed test available is very helpful for my children who have special needs. They struggle to do more than one section at a time so it is great for them to not be forced to stay around to do the test and do terribly because they have to do it all at once. It helps to show what they are truly capable of when they are not rushed for time and stressed. Unknown on 18th Jul 2023
I gave my kiddos written tests a little earlier in the year a grade behind. I forgot they weren’t the correct grade level to submit for my paperwork, plus they didn’t do so well. Last minute I decided to try the online version and LOVED it. It was so helpful and my kids did great. Jen on 17th Jul 2023
This testing was referred to us from several homeschooling mothers, and it was a perfect choice! Our one son was the first to check it out and we are very pleased! He accomplished it in one sitting after a 6 hr soccer camp and did great! (Other homeschoolers took a week to complete it...not necessary at all!)
It is user friendly and he could go at his own pace! We will definitely will be using this exact website to meet his future needs as well as all his siblings! Thank you so much! Natalie on 17th Jul 2023
This product was great. It was easy to use. My son had no issues at all navigating the program. We waited until the last minute to test, because my son was nervous. However, it was an easy process and my son actually enjoyed it. Unknown on 17th Jul 2023