Frequently Asked Questions
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Why do I need to test my students each year?
Annual achievement testing provides a basis for
measuring achievement year to year to determine the academic
growth of students. Comparison
with national norms, indicates if students are performing
below average, within the average range, or above average.
Evaluation of test results aids in setting realistic
academic goals and expectations for each student.
Testing identifies weak areas needing remediation.
Also, test scores provide a self-evaluation for the
school to assess the academic excellence of their program.
What is the benefit of administering an aptitude test?
The optional Test of Cognitive Skills (TCS) is a series of
cognitive ability tests designed to assess the academic
aptitude of students. The
TCS indicates POTENTIAL for achievement and the Terra Nova measures ACTUAL
administered in combination, the score shows where the student
would be expected to place on the National Percentile Scale
based upon cognitive ability (IQ) and indicates if a student
is working at his potential.
The TCS also works
with CAT5 testing.
What is the difference in achievement tests, i.e.
CAT/5, CTBS Terra Nova, Stanford,
All of the above are nationally normed achievement
tests and measure a studentís acquired knowledge and skills
in one or more of the content areas common to school curricula
(reading, language arts, mathematics, science, and social
I have always used
the Stanford test but last year the company instituted a
policy requiring a school to be accredited in order to
purchase the Stanford Achievement or Metropolitan Tests.
What options do you recommend?
CTB McGraw Hill is the most reliable source for
Christian schools that do not have state recognized
is the largest publisher of testing materials in the world and
welcomes the opportunity to serve all educational markets.
What achievement test battery do you recommend?
The CTBS Terra Nova Plus
1st Edition provide the most comprehensive test
results to identify student mastery levels and educational
When is the best time to test?
The ideal testing window is March and April.
Materials needed to be ordered at least 30 days prior
to test dates. Reminder:
The course of study does not need to be completed
before administering the achievement test.
Scoring is adjusted to the month the test is
How do I know which test level to order?
Test levels are determined by chronological grade
levels; therefore, order the test level corresponding to the
studentís current grade level.
What accommodations can be made for students with
special needs functioning below chronological grade level?
Students may be tested off level, but if a student is
functioning more than one year off level the student test
should be coded ungraded.
When will I receive results?
Allow 6-8 weeks for processing and scoring.