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    I'm thinking about having DS take a standardized test this year (it hurts my head and heart to even consider it), and I'm hoping for some suggestions. It won't be submitted to anyone, and I want to administer it myself at home. It's purely for practice and self interest, so I really don't want to pay much for it. It doesn't even need to be an official test--are practice books representative? Can that kind of thing be found at a bookstore or online? There are so many tests out there and I'm not exactly sure what I need.

    Advice? Direction?

    Thanks!
    Mama to one son (12)

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    Here's an article that I've bookmarked. While I'm not fond of the organization, this was really a pretty informative read.

    How to Choose an Achievement Test | North Carolinians for Home Education
    Karen

    B1 - 11 (6th grader)
    B2 - 15 (10th grader)

    Homeschooled for three years, but due to various circumstances, we put them back into public school. Still here because I feel like I found my tribe.


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    Grade level(s)?
    Carolyn
    caretaker for quirky DD (hatched 2006)

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    I am sure you'll get a lot of responses.

    I got curious so I had my daughter take the science portion of the California Standardized Test for 5th grade (at the beginning of her 4th grade year). They released a 2008 version of the test so I downloaded it as a pdf. She did surprisingly well (my hunch was she would because she's serious science nerd material). I downplayed it as a test, though.
    http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sr/documents/cstrtqscience5.pdf

    Here is the portal for the other California testing. This link will take you directly to sign in as a GUEST. Once you click through, you select the grade you wish, and voila, take a test or two.
    https://sbacpt.tds.airast.org/student/
    Eclectically homeschooling 8th grade dd, who likes science as much as art...

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    Sorry, he'd be grade 5 in ps. No idea at home! So, grade 5.

    Thanks ksb--off to read!
    Mama to one son (12)

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    Do you want to know if he can get the questions right or how he compares to his peers? If it's the former, I think the practice test from a cheap book or even one you find online can be fine. But if you want something norm end, I'd spring for the Stanford or Iowa. Probably the Stanford.
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    Both of my kids took the PASS Test. I administered it at home. This test was about half the price as some of the others. It was interesting to see how they compared to other homeschoolers in their grade as well as public school peers.
    ​​~ DD-13 homeschooled
    ~ DS-17 formerly homeschooled, now attending private school

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    Quote Originally Posted by farrarwilliams View Post
    Do you want to know if he can get the questions right or how he compares to his peers? If it's the former, I think the practice test from a cheap book or even one you find online can be fine. But if you want something norm end, I'd spring for the Stanford or Iowa. Probably the Stanford.
    Just if he can get the questions right. Thanks.
    Mama to one son (12)

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    I used the PASS test too. It's nice because it's made for hs-ers, and it's not timed. The results tell you how strong the child is in different areas.
    Kara

    Mom to one, 18 year old son.

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    We have to do a test every year and submit to the school superintendent, we are looking at doing the CAT. It seemed like the one that best fit him, and I did not want to administer it myself. My BFF is a teacher so she agreed to do it, plus it was an excuse to drive the 4 hours to see them. The CAT can be done by the parents or a teacher.

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