Why testing?

Achievement testing compares your student’s scores with other students’ scores across the nation, exposing academic strengths and weaknesses. These tests evaluate how well the student responds to questions related to concepts commonly taught at the test grade level.

In some states, and for most (but not all) college-prep activities, having mastery in the skill of test-taking can be advantageous. Many states require homeschooled students to take a national achievement yearly. In addition to state requirements or for those living in states that don’t require yearly testing, below are a few guidelines:

• K-2nd graders (5-7 yr olds) group test for the homeschool testing practice.
• 3rd-8th graders (8-13 yr olds) test for student practice, evaluation for parents planning academics, and to meet state requirements.
• 9th-12th graders (14-18 yr olds) test with the idea that they are preparing for college entrance exams.
• 9th-11th graders (14-16 yr olds) take the PSAT each October and P-CLT on April 5.
• 11th graders (16-17 yr olds) take the SAT in spring.
• 12th graders (17-18 yr olds) take CLT, ACT or SAT in fall depending on college or scholarship requirements

Parents of school-age children have several considerations when considering testing. Classical education, which focuses on the three stages of learning (grammar, dialectic, rhetoric), emphasizes test-taking skill development well beyond prescribing curriculum or courses of action based on results.

Any homeschool student, whether enrolled in a Classical Conversations community or not, may test with Homeschool Testing Services. We have been facilitating standardized testing for groups of homeschool students since 2008. In 2016, 10,000 students tested with us in 340 on-site locations, and 106 online testing events. Well-qualified and experienced Test Coordinators and Proctors contract with us to provide you a relaxed and easy testing experience.

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