Testing and Testing Services
With annual standardized achievement testing being required in NC, NCHE strives to help you fulfill this testing requirement. Below you will find types of tests and testing services.
About NC Homeschool Testing Requirement
The state law requires each homeschool to administer a nationally standardized achievement test, or other nationally standardized equivalent measure, to all homeschool students annually until they graduate. Homeschools that don’t administer an annual test to each of their students are not legally valid schools. If the homeschool is planning to issue a diploma they must meet the legal requirements to insure the diploma is valid. Some prospective employers or colleges want to see the test scores for all the high school years. The state does not dictate which test must be given or who is to administer it. Because of the NC compulsory attendance law, if your students are younger than seven, they are not required to be in school, therefore, are not required to be tested.
From the NC Division of Non-Public Education (DNPE) website:
“In accordance with G.S. 115C-564, the home school chief administrator is required to administer a nationally standardized test or other nationally standardized equivalent measurement to each enrolled student on an annual basis. The nationally standardized test or other equivalent measurement selected by the chief administrator must measure achievement in the areas of English grammar, reading, spelling and mathematics. The chief administrator is responsible for securing and scheduling the nationally standardized test. The test results must be kept on file at the home school for at least one year thereafter. Failure to retain test results may jeopardize your child’s proper grade placement when seeking enrollment in a conventional school. The test results must also be made available for annual inspection upon request by a DNPE staff member.”
Many local support groups organize group testing for their members. If you are interested in group testing, contact a local group leader. If you need help in finding the support group nearest you, contact your region’s regional liaison.
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 Cat/5®, the TerraNova (CAT 6), the Woodcock Johnson, the Iowa Test of Basic Skills and the Stanford Achievement Test..
Tests may also be ordered and administered individually.
Below are descriptions of commonly used tests.
The ACT college readiness assessment is a standardized test for high school achievement and college admissions. If the essay section is included, the ACT also meets the NC homeschool testing requirement. The ACT code for NC is 969-999. Cost: $70
California Achievement Test (Cat/5®)
The California Achievement Test®, Fifth Edition (CAT/5®) is a nationally standardized achievement test for grades K-12.
Covers: English, math, reading, science, writing Administered by Parent?: Yes Format: Paper and Online Is the test Timed?: Yes Time: 5.5 Hours Notes: The test was normed in 1986, The Not-Timed CAT/5® doesn’t comply with North Carolina statute Cost: ~$25
TerraNova (CAT 6)
The TerraNova test is a nationally-recognized, norm-referenced, standardized achievement test for grades K-12.
Covers: English grammar, reading, spelling, math, social studies, science. Administered by Parent?: Yes Format: Paper Is the test Timed?: Yes Time: 2 to 5.5 hours Notes: Social studies and science sections aren’t required per North Carolina statute. Cost: ~$40
BASI Basic Achievement Skills Inventory
BASI is a nationally standardized achievement test for grades 3-12.
Covers: English grammar, reading, spelling, math Administered by Parent?: Yes Format: Paper and on a computer in a testing center Is the test Timed?: Yes Time: 2 hours Cost: ~$35
Brigance Comprehensive Inventory of Basic Skills (IED III Standardized)
The Brigance is a nationally standardized achievement test for grades k-9
Covers: English grammar, reading, spelling, math Administered by Parent?: Yes Format: Some paper, but mostly given orally In person Is the test Timed?: Yes Time: 1 hour Notes: The main use of Brigance is to determine where a child may have learning difficulties or if a child may be above average. The BRIGANCE IED III and the IED III Standardized are often used together for a more in depth understanding of a child’s needs. The IED III Standardised complies with North Carolina statute. Cost: ~$85+
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.
Covers: English grammar, reading, spelling, math, social studies, science Administered by Parent?: Paper with a bachelor’s degree, online Yes Format: Paper and online Is the test Timed?: Yes Time: 2-6hours Notes: Social studies and science sections aren’t required per North Carolina statute. Cost: $40
Personalized Achievement Summary System (PASS)
The PASS test is specifically designed for homeschoolers and is for grades 3-8.
Covered: Reading, math, language Administered by Parent?: Yes Format: Paper Is the test Timed?: No Notes: The test should be administered at the beginning and the end of the school year Cost: ~$38 per test
The SAT college readiness assessment is a standardized test for high school achievement and college admissions. If the essay section is included, the SAT also meets the NC homeschool testing requirement. As of the fall of 2021, the SAT will no longer offer the essay section, and therefore will not be in compliance with North Carolina statute. The SAT homeschool code is 970 000. Cost $68
The Stanford Achievement Test (SAT-10)
The The Stanford Achievement Test is a nationally standardized achievement test for grades K-12.
Covers: English grammar, reading, spelling, math, social studies, science Administered by Parent?: Paper with a bachelor’s degree, online Yes Format: Paper grades k-12, online grades 3-12 Is the test Timed?: No Notes: Social studies and science sections aren’t required per North Carolina statute. Cost: ~$40
Woodcock Johnson Psycho-educational Test
The Woodcock Johnson is a nationally standardized test which is professionally given by a tester suitable for ages two to ninety-nine.
Coivers: English grammar, reading, spelling, math (Basic version includes fluency scores). Science and social studies also available. Administered by Parent? No Format: Some paper, but mostly given orally In person or online Is the test Timed?: Most of the test is untimed Time: About 1 hour Cost: Cost for English grammar, reading, spelling, math ~$60, Cost for basic achievement test ~$100
The Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP) assesses reading, listening, vocabulary, writing (and spelling), mathematics, and science for grades 2-11. The 1st grade test does not comply with NC statutes. Administered by Parent? Only online through CTP partners Format: Paper and online Is the test Timed?: Grades 2 and 3 are untimed, grades 4 – 11 are timed Time: Varies by grade level Cost: ~$65
For high school and college admissions testing, visit the Homeschooling High School section of our website.
Organizations Providing Tests
for North Carolina Homeschools
Following is a list of testing providers who have shared their information with us. We hope this list is helpful to you. NCHE does not endorse any testing service.
Test: California Achievement Test (CAT)
Tests: Woodcock-Johnson IV
Anchor Educational Evaluations & Consultations, PLLC
Rebecca Helms, LPA, HSP-PA, Psychologist NC #5339
207 West Chatham St, Suite B
Apex NC 27502
Providing psychoeducational evaluations and annual homeschool testing– diagnosing learning disorders, dyslexia, ADHD, etc.
Tests: Woodcock-Johnson, Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-V, Feifer Assessment of Reading, Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-iV, Conners Scale, BRIEF-2
ATC Educational Services
Telephone: (919) 266-2228
Test: Woodcock-Johnson, CTP (Comprehensive Testing Program)
Bayside School Services
P.O. Box 250
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Telephone: (800) 723-3057
Tests: TerraNova, CAT
Bindrim Testing and Educational Services
302 W. Washington Street
Nashville, NC 27856 (Greater Rocky Mount area)
Telephone: (252) 451-0118
Tests: Woodcock-Johnson, career testing
Bob Jones University Press
Greenville, SC 29614
Telephone: (800) 845-5731
Tests: Iowa, Stanford
Tests: Stanford 10 Online (normed in 2018), Iowa Forms A, C and E (Form E is new and was normed in 2017), TerraNova/CAT 6 Forms A & C, BASI Forms A & B, Woodcock-Johnson, KBIT2 (IQ), OLSAT Online (IQ)
Christian Liberty Testing Service
Classical Conversations Testing Services
255 Grant St
West End, NC 27376
Test: CTP (“Comprehensive Testing Program”)
Covenant Education Services and Testing
Kristen Eckenwiler, M.Ed
1213 Queen Anne Rd.
Wilson, NC 27896
All appointments and payments can be made online
Tests: Woodcock-Johnson, Peabody Individual Achievement Test-Revised
ECHAD Educational Services
Angela L. Wilkinson, M.Ed.
307 Lancaster Avenue
Monroe, NC 28112
Telephone: (704) 441-0465
Tests: Woodcock-Johnson, Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Oral Language
Educational Specialist in Learning Disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Autism, Behavior Modification
Test: Woodcock Johnson
Hewitt Educational Resources
P.O. Box 9
Washougal, WA 98671
Telephone: (360) 835-8708
Test: Woodcock Johnson IV
Tests: CAT5, Woodcock-Johnson
Smoky Mountain Academic Resources and Services (S.M.A.R.T.)
Glenna Toney, Owner of SMART
10 Rosscraggon Drive
Asheville, NC 28805
Telephone: (828) 775-7949
Greater Hickory and Surrounding Areas
Telephone: (828) 381-7892
Haywood, Buncombe, Jackson and Far Western Counties
Jackson, Haywood and Far Western Counties
Wilmington / New Hanover / Brunswick / Pender and Surrounding Counties
Tests: Woodcock-Johnson, IOWA Test of Basic Skills, Brigance (especially helpful for severely special needs students and can be administered at home)
Tests: Iowa E (paper and online), Iowa A, Stanford 10 (paper and online), TerraNova2 (CAT/6), BASI, Brigance, and Woodcock-Johnson in person or by zoom and practice tests