Up to this point in our homeschooling journey, we had not taken any standardized tests. Caroline did complete tests as part of her gifted/2e testing, but that has been it. When I had the opportunity to review the Stanford Achievement Test for homeschoolers with Homeschooling Testing Services, I jumped at the chance for a number of reasons.
In this post, I’m writing a review of my experience using this service for standardized testing. In a separate post, I have written about our personal experience with standardized testing and what we learned. So I encourage you to read this post first to understand the service we used. Then click over to read the follow-up post in which I get into the nitty gritty of what we learned as a result of the process: Standardized Testing with a Homeschooled Gifted/2e Child.
I received a copy of the test for free. I am being compensated for my time to write this review. I was not required to post a positive review.
Homeschool Testing Services
Homeschool Testing Services (HTS) offers At-Home Testing for families who wish to use standardized testing in their homeschooling. It is very easy to order your test and send it back for scoring.
You receive in the mail:
- the student test booklet
- the student answer form
- the test administrator book
- a special envelope for sending everything back
It really could not be more simple. The test administrator book explains how to administer the test, but if you are only testing one child and not a classroom full of children it’s pretty straightforward.
It does take a number of weeks to go through the entire process of ordering the materials, receiving them, sending everything back, and getting it scored. This is something you need to plan for. You won’t get it in two days, take it, and get the results back in three days. It involves more time than that. But the process is very simple.
Stanford Achievement Test for Homeschoolers
We used the Stanford Achievement Test 10 for 2018 (Stanford-10 or SAT10). This is a norm-referenced test which means you can compare your child’s results with all children across the country who took the same test. It has been around since 1926 and is widely utilized.
The test is not timed. It is all bubbles to fill in so there is no writing.
At this point I have to confess I have no pictures of Caroline taking the test. Around the time we were supposed to begin completing it for this review, she got sick. She was sick for almost two weeks so when we sat down to do the testing after she was better I was so focused on getting the test done and sent back in on time that it NEVER crossed my mind to take pictures until after the packet was already on its way in the mail. So that’s why no pictures of her taking the test. Sorry!
When you receive your results, they will look something like this sample the company shares online. (These are not Caroline’s test results.)
Along with your child’s results, you’ll receive a link to a helpful video that explains the different terminology and abbreviations. They break down all the numbers you see up above so you know exactly how to interpret the results.
They also go over how your child’s numbers work into this distribution curve. They explain what the normal distribution curve is and what it means.
They also explain the Lexile number your child will receive. This is a screenshot of what they use to explain it. The Lexile number is widely used in education and is helpful for understanding a child’s reading level and ability.
It really is that easy. You order the test, administer it over however many days you need to do so, and send it back. You get your test results and can go over them to see a snapshot of where your child is relative to other kids.
This is a very helpful service for homeschool families who want to do at-home standardized testing.