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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.
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 test was very straight forward and came in easily manageable sections. Probably the most difficult for my daughter to follow and understand was the format of the Language test and how it moves through a letter. Jani on 4th Jul 2021
I went through the whole test without any trouble. The time was great. Great experience! Lisa Gage on 23rd Jun 2021
The CAT timed version was as expected. I paid for premium grading and was very pleased with the detailed information. Renee Lolita Dorries on 2nd Jun 2021
Registering for the CAT test was so easy to do on this website. The instructions were very clear and easy to follow. Results were instantly available. Good price. Good value Unknown on 26th May 2021
This was my first time using this product. It was very easy to navigate and the dashboard is very easy to read. As required by our state my son had to take a standardized test. We did have one issue; there was lag time between each question that caused my son not to be able to finish the test. I called right away, there was no hold time. The person I spoke to was very polite and sent the issue to their IT department. They reset that test section within 30 minutes and when he went to complete the test the next day, the system slowness was also completely resolved. I will definitely be using this test and company again next year. Rachel on 24th May 2021
I homeschool my 10 children. In PA we are required to test in 3rd, 5th and 8th grade. My kid's can't wait to take their test. Easy to use, and the quick results are fantastic! Esther on 24th May 2021
Easy to use, covered many topics well, and quickly received. Carrie on 14th May 2021
As a first time homeschool mom, knowing the public school standards, this test was very thorough. It was easy to administer and easy for our daughter (2nd grade) to navigate. Scoring results were almost instantaneous, taking some of the ‘waiting’ pressure off of us. Overall, I would highly recommend this test to anyone, homeschool or otherwise. Unknown on 11th May 2021
This was our first time using the CAT test. The test was simple to use. Results were almost instantaneous. We are thankful that the tests are offered online and are accessible to people living outside of the US. It was good to also be able to take the different sections of the test at times convinient to us, being able to space out each section. We are also glad to be able to have the choice of the practice test as we have never done the CAT test before. Unknown on 9th May 2021
I am a first year homeschool mom who was super stressed about my kids taking these tests. Not only were they easy to use, but they didn't take a crazy amount if time. My 3rd and 5th graders had a very well put together and comprehensive test and scores were given within 5 minutes of finishing.
The only problem we had was the timer at the side of the screen, but a taped piece of paper took care of that distraction. Tara on 29th Mar 2021