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Standardized Testing

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

Since my family doesn’t “test” for subjects we have opted for sending the kids in 2nd grade for a “practice” run. Bubbles are a new thing to fill out! Then they go each following year. My kids actually ask when testing is coming and if they can go!! How’s that! I get a kick out of that all the time.

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:

WHERE TO TAKE STANDARDIZED TESTS in 2017?

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

What Test:  Terra Nova Achievement Test

When is the testing: Grades 1 – 6: March 27th-31st

Grades 7-10: April 3rd-7th

Times:  approximately 9am to 12pm each day

Cost:  $50 per child

Please contact:  Elementary school office if interested.  215-969-1579 Ext 254 or email cca@ccphilly.org  (An enrollment form will be mailed to you).

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2.  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, May 3rd & Thursday, May 4th

Times:  9am to 1:30pm

Cost: $50; $55 if you register after April 3rd

Register by: April 10th

Contact: More information can be found on this site: Seven Mile Road Church C.C. testing  (You do not have to attend their co-op to take tests with them.) or contact the Coordinator: Angela Chung angela.pfl.chung@gmail.com

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3.  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.)

Website: http://audreybjohnson.webs.com/

Contact: Audrey Johnson if interested:  wisdomsway@hotmail.com.  She will have you order your test through this site: http://www.setontesting.com/.

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4.  Where: Calvary Presbyterian Church, 405 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090

What Test: Stanford 10 Achievement Test

When is the testing: Monday, May 2nd & Wednesday, May 3rd

Times:  9am to 1:30pm

Cost: $50; $55 if you register after April 3rd

Register by: April 10th

Contact: More information can be found on this site: C.C. Willow Grove testing (You do not have to attend their co-op to take tests with them.) or contact the Coordinator: Courtney Dolezal jcdolezal@hotmail.com

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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: Ask Pauline Standardized Testing

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 or April!

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 : sarah@thelambertfam.com .  Thanks!

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