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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.
For students needing special accommodations, Academic Excellences offers the complete online achievement testing in an untimed format. Like the timed version, this test provides a comprehensive assessment across reading, language, and mathematics. Tests are divided into multiple sections that can be easily administered by parents or educators. These tests can be taken over as many sessions as necessary based upon the schedule of the student and provide total flexibility.
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 have 6 kids. 5 of them needed testing, but since 2020, my tester has no longer been testing. I was recommended this company by a friend. I love the untimed version. I always hated being timed on my tests. It just gave me an added anxiety that made it difficult to work through problems. So this was wonderful for all my kids, but especially for my son with dyslexia. I'd say between the 5 of them, the average time it took to test, was about 6 hrs. Because if this is on timed it could have been split up into multiple days, but I personally wanted to knock it out in one day per test. I will definitely be using this company again. This was the least expensive of all of them that I had looked at as well. Some of the questions were strangely worded, but overall I thought it was very good. Lisa on 12th Aug 2022
Best test to use for proof of progress! I tell all new homeschoolers about Academic Excellence's tests. Easy to use and quick results. Thank you! Michelle on 11th Aug 2022
This is the best way to end of the year test if you are a homeschooler. Its affordable and easy to use. This is our 4th year testing using this program. Heather Thompson on 10th Aug 2022
I’m so grateful for the no pressure approach for my anxious guys. Noelle on 10th Aug 2022
The test instructions were easy to understand. It was not difficult to browse through the site. I especially liked that we could stop and come back to it at a later time. Yadira on 8th Aug 2022
We have used this test 2 years in a row now, and it’s been such a great option for my children for their end of year testing! We will be using this every year that we test! Melinda E on 7th Aug 2022
We are so thankful for the non timed CAT test! We have use this for years with good success for students with challenges. Thank you for less tears and fears for them. Unknown on 4th Aug 2022
The untimed CAT is easy to administer and takes all the pressures of testing off both the proctor and the student. Kathy Barnett on 31st Jul 2022
I have been doing this online un-timed CAT test for years and plan to continue using it for the rest of our homeschooling years. It's a little clunky to navigate at first, but once you get through one, you are set to go. My son has a really hard time focusing. He's very fast when he takes a test, but he doesn't last long to complete multiple sections without getting squirrely. Being able to divide up his test sections over multiple days/sessions allows him to demonstrate his best abilities. We also like using the practice tests, so we can carefully go over instructions and how they are implemented on the test. This year we tried out the practice worksheets which were really really helpful to catch problem areas, so we could go over some things before taking the test. Unknown on 31st Jul 2022
I've used this product for 2 years in a row with all 3 of my kids. The test was easy to understand and easy to use. The results were easy to interpret and helped me to decide how to proceed (and where to focus) for the next year. Unknown on 29th Jul 2022