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:

“Over time, I have come to see the wisdom of the program, and how each piece, each year, builds onto something from the previous year and, in turn, provides the building blocks for the future. It is the most well thought out and integrated program I have seen, both among the homeschooling programs that I considered and the public and private schools that are an option for us....I have come to believe very firmly over the years that the MODG program, especially as implemented using the family consultants and the various other programs that are available, is easily the match of any other educational system, home-school or not, public or private. My husband and I each have degrees from both Harvard and the University of Chicago, and we value education very highly. We are fortunate, now, to live in an area with nationally ranked public and private schools within a short drive. We have chosen to continue to homeschool our children using MODG. I have no doubt that our children will be much better prepared for the rigors of college than my husband and I were, and I also have no doubt that they will be well prepared for whatever college they choose to attend, including anything in the Ivy League, should that be in their futures.”

Erna K
homeschooling mother of four, enrolled since 2006