As a service to our members, CHEMPA
administers the Stanford Achievement Test, ordered through Bob Jones University
Press. The Stanford Achievement Test is nationally recognized standardized test
that measures the academic progress of your child compared to both public and
private school students of the same level. Some of the areas included in testing
are: Mathematics, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Spelling, Language
Mechanics, Listening, Science, Social Studies, and Critical Thinking. You
receive a PRIVATE report that shows you the number of possible answers compared
to correct answers, the grade equivalent, and the percentile rank of your
This test is offered for grades K-12,
but most homeschool families choose to wait until at least 1st grade
to start the process. It is not a timed test, and each student is given as much
time as needed to complete each section. All of our testers are homeschool
mothers or grandmothers who have a bachelor’s degree and have completed the
necessary training to become certified testers. A relative may not administer
this test unless they are certified and there are at least two other students
present, therefore you may not purchase it for private home use. There are other
tests available for home use, such as the Iowa Test of Basic Skills and the
California Achievement Test (CAT) if you are interested in pursuing this route.
Standardized tests serve several functions:
To help parents objectively
assess students' academic progress from year to year. (Never fear! The results
are sent only to the parents!) There is great peace of
mind to be had by knowing your child is progressing on target.
To provide any government
entity or other interested party (dubious grandparents?) with proof of your
student’s academic performance. The Stanford Achievement Test is nationally
recognized throughout educational realms and has excellent credibility. Tests
performed by the parents at home may be helpful, but will not be viewed with
the same respect as the Stanford. If you think you will ever consider the
option of returning your children to public or private school, I highly
recommend you test your child at least every other year.
To provide your student with
an opportunity to experience testing in a formal setting with supportive
homeschool moms as testers. Like it or not, testing in education is a fact.
Don’t let test anxiety strike for the first time when the results are
really important. We try to provide a very professional, positive and
encouraging environment for your child.
When, Where and How:
Testing usually occurs the
third or fourth week of May.
We use the facilities of a
Test times are from
9:00 am - 11:30 am for three consecutive days.
The costs of the tests vary
from year to year, but begin at about $40 plus shipping. There is an
additional fee paid to the test administrator of $20. You pay for the test
when you order, but the fee isn’t due until the first day of testing. So the
total cost is usually around $65.00 per child.
You may also visit Bob Jones online at http://www.bjup.com/services/testing/ for more information and to order, or call 1-800-845-5731.