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.

Additional information about testing can be found at the DNPE website: Nationally Standardized Testing Requirement and FAQ Testing.  

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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 (CAT 6), 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. 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 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 Standardised 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

SAT
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

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.

 

Academic Excellence
Nashville, TN 36211
Telephone: 866-960-9331
Email: customer.service@academicexcellence.com
Web: www.AcademicExcellence.com

Test: California Achievement Test (CAT)


Achieve!
Cindy Hyde
705 Old Mountain Page Road
Saluda, NC 28773
Telephone: (828) 329-9921
Email: cindy@achievementtesting.info
Web: https://achievementtesting.info

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
Telephone: 919-792-8340
Email: rhelms@anchoreec.com
Web: www.AnchorEEC.com

Providing psychoeducational evaluations and annual homeschool testing– diagnosing learning disorders, dyslexia, ADHD, etc.
Tests: Woodcock-Johnson IV, 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
Web:  http://www.atced.com/

Test:  Woodcock-Johnson IV


Bayside School Services
P.O. Box 250
Kill Devil Hills, NC  27948
Telephone:  (800) 723-3057
Web:  BaysideSchoolServices.com

Tests:  TerraNova, CAT


Bindrim Testing and Educational Services
Tommy Bindrim
302 W. Washington Street
Nashville, NC 27856 (Greater Rocky Mount area)
Telephone: (252) 451-0118
Web: www.testingandeducationalservices.com/

Tests:  Woodcock-Johnson IV, career testing


Bob Jones University Press
Greenville, SC  29614
Telephone:  (800) 845-5731
Web:  http://www.bjupresshomeschool.com/content/testing

Tests:  Iowa, Stanford


Brewer Testing Services
2853 Davis Road
East Bend, NC  27018
Telephone:  (336) 699-3997
E-Mail:  pat@brewertesting.com
Web:  www.brewertesting.com/

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 III and IV, KBIT2 (IQ), OLSAT Online (IQ)


Christian Liberty Testing Service
Telephone: 800-348-0899
Web:  https://www.shopchristianliberty.com/special-service/


Classical Conversations Testing Services
255 Grant St
West End, NC 27376
(336) 295-3093
(910) 673-0100
Web: www.cctestingservices.com

Test: CTP (“Comprehensive Testing Program”)


Covenant Education Services and Testing
Kristen Eckenwiler, M.Ed
1213 Queen Anne Rd.
Wilson, NC 27896
Email: covenantedsvs@gmail.com
Web: www.covenanteducationservices.net
All appointments and payments can be made online

Tests: Woodcock-Johnson IV, Peabody Individual Achievement Test-Revised


ECHAD Educational Services
Angela L. Wilkinson, M.Ed.
307 Lancaster Avenue
Monroe, NC 28112
Telephone: (704) 441-0465
Email: wilkinsonsbyfaith@gmail.com

Tests: Woodcock-Johnson IV Tests of Achievement, Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Oral Language
Educational Specialist in Learning Disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Autism, Behavior Modification

 


Foundations Educational Services, LLC
Dawn Frink, MSW
2101 Piney Grove Wilbon Rd
Holly Springs, NC 27540
Telephone: 919-758-0811
E-mail: dawnfrink@foundationseducation.com
Web: www.foundationseducation.com

Test: Woodcock Johnson IV

 


Growing Scholars
Misty Spinelli
665 Belmorrow Drive
Charlotte, NC  28214
704-394-2165
E-mail: growingscholars@aol.com
Web: www.growingscholars.com

Test: Woodcock-Johnson IV


Hewitt Educational Resources
P.O. Box 9
Washougal, WA  98671
Telephone:  (360) 835-8708
Web:  http://www.hewitthomeschooling.com/

​Test: PASS


Lighthouse Educational Services
81 Kendall Drive
Clayton, NC  27520
Telephone:  (919) 302-5786
E-Mail:info@lighthouseedu.net
Web: http://www.lighthouseedu.net/

Test:   Woodcock-Johnson IV Achievement and Cognitive testing


Master’s Mark Academics:  Testing, Teaching, Tutoring
234 Spicewood Lane
Hendersonville NC 28791
Telephone:  (828) 699-1308
E-Mail:marji@mastersmarkacademics.com
Web: http://www.mastersmarkacademics.com

Test: Woodcock Johnson IV


Piedmont Education Services
1629 Turfwood Drive
Pfafftown, NC  27040
Telephone:  (336) 924-2494
E-Mail: service@pesdirect.com.
Web:  http://www.pesdirect.com/

Tests:  CAT5, Woodcock-Johnson III


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
E-Mail: glenna@smarttesting.net
Web: www.smarttesting.net

Jennifer Baker
Greater Hickory and Surrounding Areas
Telephone: (828) 381-7892
E-Mail: jennifer@smarttesting.net

Christy Plott
Haywood, Buncombe, Jackson and Far Western Counties
Telephone: (704)-477-6422E-
Mail: christy@smarttesting.net

Mary Oliver
Jackson, Haywood and Far Western Counties
Telephone:  (828)-508-8976
E-Mail: mary@smarttesting.net

Heather Ertzberger
Wilmington / New Hanover / Brunswick / Pender and Surrounding Counties
Telephone: (910)-367-5797E-
Mail: heather@smarttesting.net

Tests: Woodcock-Johnson IV, IOWA Test of Basic Skills, Brigance (especially helpful for severely special needs students and can be administered at home)


Triangle Education Assessments
5512 Merion Station Drive
Apex, NC  27539
Telephone:  (919) 387-7004
E-Mail:   info@triangleed.com
Web:  www.TriangleEd.com

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


Triangle Learning and Development Resources, PC
209 Lloyd St, Suite 230
Carrboro, NC 27510
Telephone: (919) 886-4437
Fax: (919) 928-5097
E-Mail: jamie@triangle-ldr.com
Web: www.triangle-ldr.com

Test:  Woodcock-Johnson IV