Testing Options

Normally, GWCHE offers Stanford testing administration in May for families who would like their children to be tested.  Since we lack coordinators for this position, GWCHE will not be offering Stanford testing services this year.  Here is some information on alternative testing options that may suit your homeschool.

A great resource to help you make testing decisions for your homeschool is: http://www.hslda.org/earlyyears/Testing.asp  Also, both BJU and Abeka have great FAQ pages that can help, here and here.

Testing options:

a. Don’t test. It is not required in the state of Texas.

b. Test at home using Bob Jones or Abeka. GWCHE has always used BJU Press, so returning testing families will already have an account set up. Parents must be certified to test at home and to certify, they must have a bachelor’s degree. Parent testers who have tested before must update their profile by January 31st. More info here: https://www.bjupress.com/testing/customer-support.php#homeschool.  Abeka also has the Stanford test available for testing at home (in addition to testing online).  It looks like you also need to apply to be an approved test administrator. Abeka information can be found here: http://www.abekatesting.orgPay attention to each company’s testing window and order tests according to their timeline.  

c. Test online. Options include using http://www.setontesting.com/ or http://www.abekatesting.org/StanfordOnline.aspx. Testing done online is for 3rd-12th grades and can be either Stanford or ITBS. Stanford, which is what GWCHE has used in the past, is an option through Abeka and Seton. Parents do not have to be certified to have their kids tested online.

d. Test with Classical Conversations. Any family (CC or not) can test through Classical Conversations. While there is currently no somewhat-local testing showing up on their calendar, more testing sites may be added in the Spring. You can read more at: www.cctestingservices.com

e. Get together with other families and test with them. Any parent with a bachelor’s degree can certify through BJU and test other children along with their own in a group setting. Grades 1, 2, and 3 must test separately. Grades 4, 5, and 6 can test together with slightly different instructions in the listening sub-test. 7th and 8th can test together with slightly different instructions in the listening sub-test. Highschoolers can test together. http://www.bjupress.com/testing/faqs/testers.php  BJU also offers a test administrator directory as a way to find local testers who might be willing to offer test administrative services.

f. Create another way to assess your children.  Formal evaluations by a professional evaluator, informal evaluations , portfolios, etc.

We hope the information provided here can help you find another option that suits your homeschool during this interim. Please note the January 31 deadline for parent testers who have tested before to update their profile at BJU Press.