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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.
I was surprised at how easy this was to manage. My 6th grader was able to do everything on their own. I opened the account, showed them how to get started on the first test, explained the process, and away they went. Before I knew it, they were done with the whole thing.
Customer service was super fast, super easy, as well. We did encounter a problem with the website on one of the tests. My child didn't think to tell me and submitted the test. That test section got a really low score. Once I realized what happened, I emailed and got a response in minutes. That test was open again and my child was able to do it again without issue.
The scores are available in minutes! There's no scheduling the test for specific days or weeks ahead of time. No waiting for results as you can access the simple scores on the account almost immediately. Premium scoring really helped me understand what I was seeing, too. We highly recommend this test to locals who want a quick test with fast results. A Thomas on 8th Mar 2019
This was a very simple way to test, and we got the results right away. Thank you! Unknown on 7th Mar 2019
We've been using the CAT for years. Every year I appreciate the ease in being able to take care of our testing obligation. The customer service at Academic Excellence is top notch. They are polite and prompt. Heather Erickson on 26th Oct 2018
So impressed with the ease in giving my children this test. The scoring turnaround time was immediate & customer service is amazing. I will recommend this testing site to others proudly. Unknown on 10th Aug 2018
I ordered three tests in tress grades for the first time this year. Everything was explain very well and I received the links very quickly. We had an issue with our Internet kicking one of my kids off during one portion of the test. I called customer support and someone called me right back and reset the test. I was so impressed! We will definitely be doing this every year! Unknown on 7th Aug 2018
For a first time user of this site, this was the fastest, easiest process for end-of-the year testing I've experienced. My questions were answered as soon as I discovered them. We used the timed and untimed tests. Unknown on 4th Aug 2018
This was my 1st time doing a CAT test for home schooling. I'm very pleased that it was easy & got test results in 20 mintues. I will definitely be using this again next year. Shirelle on 1st Aug 2018
Great Service! Aisha Saleem on 18th Jul 2018
This was our first time using the cat grade 3 online test and it was easy to use and made testing a breeze. We'll definitely be using it again next year. Stacie on 15th Jul 2018
Though I detest Standardized Testing... this is by far the easiest way to complete the requirements for my state. I’ve given the paper version before and NEVER again!!!!
I’ve used this two years now & will continue to come back. :) Amber on 11th Jul 2018