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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 so glad to come across this resource. It was suggested by another homeschool mom and it was so easy to register and complete the testing for my kids. The results were sent almost immediately and have helped me to identify areas of strength and areas for improvement. I'm excited to have a baseline to compare to at the end of the year. Megan on 28th Aug 2019
This test is an excellent tool to help see where your child compares to others. This is great for parents who procrastinated and need to quickly get in the end of year standardized tests. This is not an in-depth personal analysis of the students skills, this is a standardized test. The computer does all the hard work, as an adult, you just have to make sure testing procedures are followed. Beth on 26th Aug 2019
This was a great experience as we tried testing for the first time rather than an assessment by a local qualified teacher. We have home schooled for a combined total (2 boys) of 16 years so far, and I felt like it would be a good thing to do the testing this year, since my older son is starting high school this fall of 2019. The tests were easy to work through in their layout and methods. I would recommend them to anyone else! We had a couple of issues with one of the boys' tests where a section was accidentally checked as though he had completed it when he hadn't. It was done by the company, and when I called, they reset it for him and everything turned out fine. Excellent response with customer service! SK on 13th Aug 2019
This was my first year testing my first grader and this test was perfect! We used the timed, online version and it was very user friendly! I loved the fact that we could preview a question from each section to know what to expect as well as know exactly how much time we would spend on each section. I also appreciated the reading aloud of each question, since my son is still learning to read on a basic level. I plan on using this test as long as I need to test my kids! Unknown on 6th Aug 2019
This was a great testing experience. Very simple to purchase and the kids started right away. Very enjoyable for us all. Steven Cartrette on 11th Jul 2019
Thank you for making standardized testing and scoring easy for us! Heather on 4th Jul 2019
Very easy to use. My son actually enjoyed the test and stayed more engaged by receiving the instant results.
Abigail & Jesse McGrath on 20th Jun 2019
This was our first time taking CAT online. We were excited to get quick results and the kids found it to be easy to maneuver through the test. Tosha McGirt on 17th Jun 2019
I had 3 children testing this year. The youngest was completing 2nd grade so took Grade 3 test. The oldest took Grade 12. We have used these tests for 3 years now and they never disappoint. My children actually enjoy taking them online, I get immediate results, and we both know how they are doing in the fundamentals. Unknown on 9th Jun 2019
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