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Where to Take Standardized Tests (2015)

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 high school.  Most high schools 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:

  • Grades 1 – 6: Monday, April 13th through Friday, April 17th
  • Grades 7 – 8: Monday, Tuesday, April 7th through Thursday, April 9th

Times:  approximately 9am to 12pm each day

Cost:  $50 per child

Forms due by:  Friday, March 20th, 2015!

Please contact:  Elementary school office ASAP  if interested.  215-969-1579 Ext 254 (An enrollment form will be mailed to you).


2.  Where:  Westminster Theological Seminary,  2960 West Church Road, Glenside, PA

What Test: Iowa Basic Skills Test

When is the testing: Monday, March 30th AND Tuesday, March 31st

Times: 9am to 12:45pm

Cost: $50 per child

Contact Laura Goldman by: March 1st

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 .


3.  Where: Seven Mile Road Church, 525 Welsh Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19115 Classical Conversations’ Northeast Campus

What Test: Stanford 10 Achievement Test

When is the testing: Wednesday, April 29th & Thursday, April 30th

Times:  9am to 1:30pm

Cost: $50; $55 if you register after April 5th

Register by: April 5th

Contact: More information can be found on this site:

including the contact person if you are interested. (You do not have to attend their co-op to take tests with them.)


4.  Where: with Audrey Johnson (certified teacher) in Northwest Philadelphia.  She is willing to test students at her home or travel to your home for an additional fee.

What Test: CAT California Achievement Test

Times:  Please contact Audrey Johnson to set a time

Cost:  Fees vary based on testing location.  (But are comparable to those listed here.)


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


5.  Where: Immanuel Leidy’s Church, 266 W. Cherry Lane, Souderton, PA 18964

What Test: Stanford  10 Achievement Test

When is the testing: Thursday, April 16th, & Friday, April 17th

Times:  8:30 am to 1:30 pm

Cost: $50 per child; $55 if you register after March 15th

Register by: March 22nd

Contact:  More information can be found on this site: including the contact person if you are interested. (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 many of these options require you to sign up with them by sometime in 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 February 2, 2015


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