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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 suggest that everyone use this site for your academic testing needs. The testing results are very easy understand, and gives us good outlook on the areas in which your pupil has difficulty in. The practice test is a blessing, it also gives you exactly what’s on the test. Marla E. on 2nd Aug 2022
The nice thing about this test is that once you purchase it you have immediate access to begin. Be sure to disable your pop up blocker ahead of time, however. Also, you can test on your own schedule. No need to go in a particular order or compete it all in one day. The reporting is thorough as well. Easy to print records as soon as your finished. Unknown on 19th Jul 2022
I was pleased with this Achievement test program. My son liked being able to see how much time was left, and had an easy time navigating the test. We both liked that he could do parts and come back to it to finish the other parts the next day. Jean Tyler on 11th Jul 2022
We needed to take tests in our state to show where our kids homeschool education level is. My kids are not on computers or tablets at all, but these tests were easy for them to figure out right away and complete. Just click your answer and "next". No popups, no ads. We have used it 2 years now and we will continue Mandy on 22nd Jun 2022
I buy these tests to see where my child needs to focus and also to see if they know enough to pass onto the next grade. I have been using these tests for the last 3 years. I have never had an issue. LOVE IT!! Rose Bell on 5th May 2022
We have been using Academic Excellence for our testing needs the past four years. The online CAT assessment is easy to administer at home. We spread the sections over three days with breaks throughout. It is simple to pick up right where you leave off. Results are immediately available for viewing, as well as stored on AE servers. Final results are emailed once the entire assessment is complete. AE customer service is always friendly and willing to answer questions.
Thank you for your commitment to the homeschool community! Tonya Wiseman on 16th Feb 2022
I purchased this for my son to take for home schooling purposes - the directions were clear, everything worked smoothly, and he received his results within minutes. Unknown on 30th Nov 2021
The practice test and instant feedback made it stress free. He knew what to expect in each section and instantly knew how well he did. Unknown on 7th Oct 2021
It was really useful to use this test and see if my daughter progress in her home education. I was surprised and delighted with the results. Unknown on 15th Sep 2021
Very pleased with how easy academic excellence has made it to choose, purchase, take and examine test. It takes a huge weight off shoulder. It is very convenient to pay and print out instant test results to hand over to school for enrollment and placement. Thank you Jonathon N Spenceley on 30th Aug 2021