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Where to Take Standardized Tests?

It’s that time of year again!  Time to start signing up your kids for standardized tests.

Standardized Testing is required for all Pennsylvania homeschoolers in grades 3, 5, & 8.  Even though standardized testing is not required by law for grade 7, I would highly recommend that you sign your child up for testing if you are considering enrolling him/her in a magnet or private school for highschool.  Most highschools want to see 7th grade test scores.  Some magnet high schools want to see standardized test scores from 6th grade as well.

Of course, homeschoolers in Philadelphia always have the option to take PSSA’s at their local school, but for various reasons, many homeschool moms would prefer to send their children elsewhere.  You may be thinking “That’s us!  Where do Philadelphia homeschoolers go?”  Here’s a list of places I’ve compiled that may be an option for you:


1.  Where: Calvary Christian Academy, 13500 Philmont Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19116

What Test:  Stanford Achievement Test

When is the testing:  Monday, March 26th through Friday, March 30th

Times:  approximately 9am to 12pm each day

Cost:  $50 per child

Forms due by:  Feb 29, 2011.

Please contact:  Deb Jaconski ASAP at the elementary school office if interested.  215-969-1579 Ext 254 (She can mail an enrollment form to you).

2.  Where:  Westminster Theological Seminary,  2960 West Church Road, Glenside, PA in Van Til Hall, Rooms 1&2.

What Test: Iowa Basic Skills Test

When is the testing: Monday, April 2nd AND Tuesday, April 3rd

Times: 9am to 12:45pm

Cost: $50 per child

Contact Laura Goldman by: March 15th

Please contact:  Laura Goldman if interested with the following information: Your name, address, phone #, cell #, email address, student(s) name(s), grade(s).  Her email is .  For more information you can download Laura’s flyer:  2012 testing info-3 and her testing schedule: Testing Schedule 2012-3

3.  Where: Proclamation Presbyterian Church, 278 S Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

What Test: Stanford  10 Achievement Test

When is the testing: March 14 & 16th.

Times:  8:30 am to 1:30 pm

Cost: $50 per child

Register by: March 1st

Contact:  Dione Mitchell if interested:  More information can be found on this site:  (You do not have to attend their co-op to take tests with them.)

4.  Where: Audrey Johnson’s home in Northwest Philadelphia.

What Test: CAT California Achievement Test

Times:  Please contact Audrey Johnson to set a time

Cost:  $25 for each test; additional $25 fee paid to Audrey to proctor the test

Contact: Audrey Johnson if interested:  She will have you order your test through this site:

5.  Where: Immanuel Leidy’s Church, 276 W. Cherry Lane, Souderton, PA 18964

What Test: Standford 10 Achievement Test

When is the testing: March 29th & March 30th

Times: 8:30am to 1:30pm

Cost: $50 per child

Register by: March 4th

Contact: Dione Mitchell if interested:  More information can be found on this site:  (You do not have to attend their co-op to take tests with them.)

6.  You can also pay for your own test, but you will have to have someone else administer the test to your children.  For more information on Standardized Tests, Pennsylvania requirements, or where to purchase tests, please check out this website:

Hope this information was helpful to you!  Please note that most of these options require you to sign up with them by End of February or Early March!

This list is by no means exhaustive!  If your homeschool group allows homeschoolers to test with you, and you’d like to add it to this site, please email me at :  Thanks!

Posted by Gwen Fredette on Feb 8, 2011


3 thoughts on “Where to Take Standardized Tests?

  1. Thank you so much! The information you listed here was so helpful. This is my first year homeschooling my children in Philly and I missed the PSSA testing dates. Your list reminded me that there are a number of ways to meet the requirements and still enjoy homeschooling. Thanks again!

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