Testing Support

There are varying views on the subject of testing and it’s importance to a students progress. I believe that it is true that your child can be successfully home educated without ever taking a test. However, in order to interface with the established educational institutions of our culture a test may inevitably be required. I say “may be” because there is a growing trend of colleges that do not require a college entrance exam. Recently, the Google firm published that it’s hiring practices is not keyed on college achievement as most if not all of it’s leaders are not college grads.

The danger with testing is that parents may put the wrong value on test results. On the other hand, if your child’s first encounter with standardized testing is with a college entrance exam you may have done them a dis-service.

We tend to know our childs gifting and their academic ability before ever testing. The test often validates what we already know about our child. Standardized testing is an opportunity to challenge your child and gain understanding from the experience.

Standardized Testing is like a meter; you use it to take a measurement. The measurement provides a point of reference from which you gain insight. For most it provides confirmation and insight to potential strengths and weaknessess.

For most students, standardized testing will provide some proof or validation of what you have accomplished while home schooling. Please note that despite your standardized test results, many public schools will still require additional testing based on their academic scope and sequence.

What is listed below are some of the more common testing resources.

ELEMENTARY GRADE LEVEL TESTING (testing not recommend prior to 3rd grade level)

California Achievement Test CAT (may be administered by Parent at home)

Comprehensive CAT Exam
CAT test w/o science and social studies

Stanford Achievement Test (must be administered by a qualified Test Administrator)
May be sponsored locally by our organization or another home school community group

SETON TESTING offers the Stanford test online, test administrator provided online.
Stanford 10 Testing Online

HIGH SCHOOL TESTING (grades 9 thru 12)

The CAT and Stanford Tests taken at the 11th grade level may also be used as an exit exam for a WHCS Diploma.

SETON TESTING offers the Stanford test online, no test administrator required.
Stanford 10 Testing Online

COLLEGE ENTRANCE TESTING

ACT
ACT w/writing evaluation (some colleges may require this portion of the ACT to be included)

SAT
SAT Subject Tests (some colleges may require the applicant to take one or more subject tests.