Mother of Divine Grace School recommends that students take a standardized test each year. Families can order standardized tests from:

The TerraNova Test 2nd Edition (CAT/6) Complete Battery Achievement Test is offered to grades K-12. This is nationally-recognized, norm-and criterion-referenced standardized test administered to public, private, and home schools students across the country. The test costs $45 and is available from Kolbe Academy and Seton Testing. TerraNova 1 (CTBS) test is available for grades 1-12. This test costs $42 and is available from The Family Learning Organization.

The IOWA Tests are offered for K-8 (ITBS) and 9-12 (ITED). These are nationally normed standardized tests. These tests costs $29-$39 and is available from Seton Testing. Please Note: a bachelor’s degree is required to administer the IOWA Tests.

The CAT/5 (California Achievement Test, Fifth Edition) Full Battery Test is offered for grades K-12. This test costs $37 and is available from The Family Learning Organization.

The CAT-E Survey Test is offered for grades K-12. This is a shorter and less expensive version (essentially an "overview") of the CAT test. This test is particularly good for younger students, K-3, for example. This test costs $25 and is available from Seton Testing. The CAT/5 Survey Test is offered for grades 2-12. This test costs $37 and is available from The Family Learning Organization.

The CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) is offered for grades 3-12. This is an aptitude test measuring general and specific cognitive abilities. This test costs $29-$65 and is available from Seton Testing. Please Note: a bachelor’s degree is required to administer the test.

The BASI (Basic Achievement Skills Inventory) is offered for grades 3-12. This test costs $37 and is available from The Family Learning Organization.

The PASS Test for grades 3-8 is an untimed test that measures basic reading, language, and math skills. The PASS test is particularly good for students who do not do well with time limits. This test costs $29 and is available from Hewitt Homeschooling Resources.

Most testing materials are rentals and students are given two-three weeks to take the test and return undamaged testing materials to the supplier. Please be aware that there are some test restrictions, states where some of these tests are unavailable. Keep this in mind when considering which tests to take or which company to use.

College Entrance Exams

Students in high school should plan on taking one or more of the college entrance exams. Note: High School students who are preparing to take the ACT or SAT should contact the college or colleges that they are interested in to ascertain which test they require.

The College Board's and the ACT's web-sites contains a wealth of information about how to register for these tests, practice testing materials, as well as information about colleges, college applications, financial aid and scholarships.

Hear from Our Families:

“Thanks to Mother of Divine Grace and its caring and supportive consultants and teachers, our children are flourishing both academically and spiritually. [My son] has truly become an active learner and an independent thinker. Additionally, though no less important, his faith life has also flourished. He regularly shares what he learns with other teenagers and even occasionally helps in teaching our parish’s religious education program. All of our children are very active in our church and our oldest is often one to take a leading role due to strong communication skills. All those schooling years full of narrations, copious number of books, and challenging papers have led him to become quite a strong analytical thinker who can express himself confidently in almost any situation. Even my husband and I have grown through our years with Mother of Divine Grace School. At one time, we viewed our children’s success in life based primarily upon their academic achievements. Now, we realize there is so much more to that picture. Not only have our children been able to grow academically with this program but they have also become better individuals both in our family and as examples to others. They are clearly growing in their faith life and are learning what it means to truly be a child of God.”

Donna G
homeschooling mother of five, enrolled since 2001