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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
◦ 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'm in my last year of homeschooling, and I am so thankful that the CAT test was an option for me (not having a bachelor's degree) to give to our children throughout their homeschooling experience. It was great to choose the paper test in their elementary grades. Later we upgraded to online testing and then timed online testing in their middle and high school years. Thank you for providing this test option! LEVS on 22nd Oct 2023
We have used the CAT test from Academic Excellence for years. It is so quick and easy, especially when you have 5 students testing together. It can be time consuming, overwhelming, and expensive. It shows where there strengths and weaknesses are and how they stand in the national average. Amanda on 24th Aug 2023
I’ve been using CAT for the last 4 years and it works great for our family. The timed version is helpful to give kids the chance to practice monitoring their pace and focus in an exam environment but definitely gives enough time for completion (even for the slower areas). So east and fast to use - would highly recommend. The expectations for grade level are very basic but it’s helpful to know how the kids are learning in relation to their peers. Lauren on 28th Jul 2023
I was unsure about buying the timed test since my child typically needs a bit of extra time on exams. I decided to have her try it, as an experiment to see how she would handle the pressure of managing her time. The format was visually helpful and allowed her to monitor her progress. She completed each section within the amount of time given. She did not have time to revisit the questions and check her answers, but still scored above grade level. We have also tried the Stanford 10 in previous years but felt this test was a better fit for our family. Unknown on 18th Jul 2023
We have been using this test for seven years. It is easy, fast, and very convenient for us to meet our state requirements. It also gives peace of mind seeing how our children are learning year to year. Ruth on 11th Jun 2023
We’ve used the online CAT for years. Super easy to use. Nice comprehensive test. Unknown on 11th Jun 2023
My student who has never taken a timed test before found this to be easy to go through and not stressful. It was perfect! Nicole M. on 18th May 2023
When you order the online tests, you have immediate access, or you can wait indefinitely to administer.
The test itself is easy to administer, start, pause, restart, and submit. The test is broken up into several parts and sections, making it simple to spread the test out over several days.
The results are delivered immediately upon completion of the entire test, very informative, and easy to read. Tonya Wiseman on 8th Apr 2023
I find that this test is cheap, easy to use, and available when my children and I are ready. It seems to do a good job testing the needed areas, but I wish it included a section on science and social studies. Unknown on 18th Dec 2022
Great experience! Easy process to purchase the CAT timed test. Results were provided quickly. Unknown on 20th Oct 2022