Commonly Used Nationally Standardized Tests

All homeschooled students are required to receive a yearly nationally standardized achievement test. By law, this test must measure achievement in the areas of English grammar, reading, spelling and mathematics. The most commonly used achievement tests are the California Achievement Test, the TerraNova, the Woodcock Johnson, the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, the Stanford Achievement Test, and the Metropolitan Achievement Test.

Tests may also be ordered and administered individually.
Below are descriptions of commonly used tests.

ACT

The ACT college readiness assessment is a standardized test for high school achievement and college admissions.

  • The ACT code for NC is 969-999.

California Achievement Test (Cat/5®)

The California Achievement Test®, Fifth Edition (CAT/5®) is a nationally standardized achievement test for grades K-12.

TerraNova

The TerraNova test is a nationally-recognized, norm-referenced, standardized achievement test for grades K-12.

Iowa Test of Basic Skills and Iowa Test of Educational Development

The Iowa Test of Basic Skills is a nationally standardized achievement test for grades K-8. The Iowa Test of Educational Development is a nationally standardized achievement test for grades 9-12.

Personalized Achievement Summary System (PASS)

The PASS test is specifically designed for homeschoolers and is for grades 3-8.

Woodcock Johnson Psycho-educational Test

The Woodcock Johnson III is a nationally standardized test which is professionally given by a tester suitable for ages two to ninety-nine.