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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 have used AE for the last two years for my kids, both online and paper tests. The actual tests are straight forward and as the kids get older I don't have to help them much in figuring out what the test wording means. However, both years I have had some trouble logging in to the individual child's test and also accessing the tests has been hard on occasion too. As soon as I send an email the customer service representative is always very quick to respond and fix the problem though, so I've been very happy about that. Allison A Bolander on 4th Jun 2019
Used to order a paper copy and have to send off ,love the instant response off doing online. I love knowing where my home schooled child is doing and what we need to work on. Worked perfectly. Amelia Boaz on 24th May 2019
I love how easy it is for my kids to log onto the computer and complete their testing online. The kids love that they get their results back right away, too. No more waiting for the paper tests to be delivered and then waiting again for the scores to arrive. As a mom with 6 kids, I appreciate the flexibility of being able to test whenever is convenient (or quiet) for us and in the comfort of our own home. Rose on 21st May 2019
My homeschooled children , grades 2 and 3, have taken other standardized tests in the past administered by a trained professional. It was always a nerve racking time. This test was simple for me to use as a parent. Less intimidating because we were at home. We were able to take short breaks in between each segment. My children actually said they loved it. Results delivered immediately. Will use it again. Unknown on 20th May 2019
I am so grateful to have this test format available to me and my kids.I homeschool, and to be able to test them, and not have the work of grading myself was fantastic.Then to have the in-depth analysis of the scores was a bonus. Unknown on 17th May 2019
I wanted to make sure we covered all that was required for the school year and this untimed test allowed us to see just what we needed to work on without the stress. Thank you! Unknown on 13th May 2019
Easy to purchase. Affordable. Simple to administer. Straight forward layout. Accurate reflection of content mastery. Linda on 9th May 2019
I was very pleased with the CAT test from Academic Excellence. It was affordable, easy to use, and a good level of challenge for my students. The results were sent to me very quickly. Thank you, Academic Excellence! Jessica Rath on 7th May 2019
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