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FAQ's - Testing Service

 

 

FAQ

I chose an online CAT test, but I have not received the authorization code. How do I start the test?

You will receive an email with the link to the testing website and an authorization code for your student to log in. In most cases we are able to send the information within an hour but there may be times where it takes longer - up to 1 business day.

Why does Christian Liberty use the 1970 edition of the California Achievement Test?

Reason #1

We still use the older version of this nationally normed achievement test because the newer editions reflect a lower academic standard. Most educators will acknowledge the fact that our nation's educational standards, as far as student achievement in the basic skills is concerned, have dropped considerably since the early 1970s. It is our professional opinion that the more recent versions of achievement tests simply do not demand as high a standard of achievement because too many of today’s students are ill-equipped to handle the level of evaluation that was common in the early 1970s.

 

Reason #2

We are convinced that the older achievement tests reflect a standard much more in keeping with the academic level of our curriculum.

 

Reason #3

The older achievement tests permit us to compare our students on a national level with students in the public and private schools who were tested prior to the period of the steady decline in student achievement in the government schools during the 1980s and early 1990s.

 

Reason #4

The older versions of the CAT still accurately measure the basic skill development of students in the time-honored subjects of Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Grammar and Composition, Spelling, and Mathematics skills. Therefore, state officials who insist that private home school students be tested to determine whether they are making satisfactory progress in the basic skills can still rely upon the 1970 CAT. After all, the supposed purpose for state-mandated achievement testing is simply to determine whether children are receiving an education that will permit them to be functionally literate and, therefore, not a burden to themselves or society. The simple fact is that the basic skills have not changed much since the 1970s. In large measure, reading, writing, and arithmetic are still the same as far as the basics are concerned.

 

Reason #5

To the best of our knowledge, there is no distributor of achievement test materials that will allow any homeschooler to use the latest editions of their tests. Most providers of current achievement tests must approve test administrators before shipping their tests. Suppliers of the achievement test materials most often utilized by homeschoolers and home school organizations will usually not permit their tests to be used without a government-licensed individual being directly involved in the testing process. In such cases, parents are often unable to oversee the testing themselves; they may be required to use proctors to administer the tests. We view this stipulation as an unnecessary intrusion into the privacy and sanctity of Christian home schools in general, and our testing service in particular. In conclusion, while we are not inherently opposed to using newer tests, we are not in favor of using more recent achievement tests that would be an inadequate evaluation of our customers’ students or require proctoring by individuals who are state sanctioned or licensed.

What is the TestPoint™ Placement Testing service?

TestPoint Placement Test helps determine whether a student has sufficient knowledge to enter a particular grade level. The results can also be used to help determine what materials should be used by a student within a grade level. The TestPoint Placement Test has been designed for and used by Christian schools around the nation. Its research, development, and field-testing took place over a six-year span beginning in 2002. TestPoint's development was guided by Joe Haas, Ed.D. Executive Director of the North Carolina Christian School Association, and master test authors. Students and faculty from over 80 schools participated at differing levels during the research and development of TestPoint placement tests. Our version of the TestPoint exam is designed to be taken online by students at home.

What is the difference between the online and paper CAT tests?

The original 1970 CAT tests have been placed into a digitized format for online presentation. The content of the online CAT is as close to the paper test as possible.

What is the primary difference between the CAT (both the paper and online versions) and the TestPoint exam?

The CAT is an achievement test, although it has also been used for placement purposes for over twenty years by the Christian Liberty Academy School System (CLASS) home education program and for the recommendation service of Christian Liberty Press. TestPoint is designed for use as a placement test.

What is the difference between a placement test and an achievement test?

Placement testing is used to help find out whether a student has sufficient knowledge to enter a particular grade level. The results could also be used to determine what materials should be used by a student within a grade level. An achievement test is used to determine the general skill or knowledge level attained by a student regardless of grade level placement. Its purpose is to evaluate what a student has learned over a period of time.

How can I determine which grade level to use if ordering the CAT: at the beginning or at end of the school year?

If using the online CAT for placement purposes, you should select the grade level the student will be entering. This can help you determine what books to use with the student or even if the student is ready for the projected grade level. This is particularly important if you are also ordering our curriculum recommendation service. The CAT is scored as if being given at the beginning of a grade level. If you are using the online CAT to assess your student's academic progress, please consider the following:

  • If the student is taking the test at the end of a school year, then he should take the test for his next grade level.
  • If the student is testing at the beginning of a school year, he should take the current grade level's test.

How can I determine which grade level to use if ordering the TestPoint exam?

The TestPoint is designed as a placement exam. TestPoint can help you determine what books to use with your student or even if the student is ready for the projected grade level. You should select the grade level the student will be entering. This is particularly important if you are also ordering our curriculum recommendation service.

What subjects are covered in the CAT test?

The subjects are the same for both online and paper CAT: reading, language, and math.

How many components are there to a TestPoint exam?

TestPoint exams have three components or "tests"—reading, language, and math.

How many sections are in the CAT test?

Both online and paper CAT tests have the same number of sections as the paper tests. Level 1 has 10 sections, Levels 2 and 3 have 11 sections, and Levels 4 and 5 have 9 sections.

How many questions are there per TestPoint “test”?

The number of questions varies slightly from grade level to grade level. Here is a breakdown of each grade level license and the number of questions per test (reading, language, and math):

Kindergarten: 25 per test

1st and 2nd: 35 per test

3rd–8th: 50 per test

9th–12th: 40 math, 50 reading/language

How quickly will I receive the registration e-mail after ordering an online CAT or a TestPoint Placement Test for my student?

You will receive the registration e-mail, with a license key, within one business day after ordering an online test.

Once I receive the license key (for online CAT or TestPoint Test) or paper-based CAT materials, do I have to take the test immediately?

You do not have to take the test immediately, and online test licenses NEVER expire. However, bear in mind that both the CAT's and TestPoint's usefulness will decline markedly if you wait, for example, several months to give the test to your child.

Can I log in, review the content of the online CAT, and log out, then have my student take the test later?

You will not be penalized for logging in with the provided authorization code. Bear in mind, however, that the online CAT sections are timed. As soon as a "start test" button is selected, your student should be present and ready to take the section. Once a test section is begun, the timer starts and there is no pausing. The timer begins as soon as the student answers the first question or attempts to look at other questions. The timer will then begin to count down, and cannot be stopped. After the time expires, the section will be scored and will no longer be accessible.

Can I log in, review the content of the online TestPoint Test, and log out, then have my student take the test later?

TestPoint tests are not timed, so there is no time penalty against the student if the teacher would like to examine the test in advance.

Will my student be able to answer questions in a section in the online CAT when the time for that section expires?

No. Once the time expires for a section, your child will no longer be able to see or answer any further questions in that section. He will be directed to the "finish and grade" page.

Can a student exit the test when a section is completed and go back to it later?

No. If a student chooses to leave a section to move on to another, the timer is still running and will eventually expire. He should finish as much as possible and continue working on each section until completion or time runs out.

Is my student required to complete the entire online CAT in one sitting?

No, we have included recommended breaks in the authorization code e-mail. You may, of course, use your discretion at the amount of time per break as well if another break is needed to stretch, use the restroom, etc. You should follow the same protocol as you would with the paper-based CAT. To clarify, each section is timed, but there is no timer in between sections. Once a section is finished you may break as long as needed or move right along into the next timed section.

How long does it take to complete the CAT test?

The length of time to complete the CAT varies among the five levels. In general, however, they will take between two and three hours to complete. The time to complete the CAT will also vary depending upon the length of the break(s) taken by the student.

How long does it take to complete the TestPoint exam?

Typically, the student will take two hours to complete an exam (reading, language and math), however, since there is no time limit set the student can take as much or little time as needed. Also, since the higher grade tests are more in depth (more reading/working out of problems) these will, on average, take longer to complete in comparison to the lower level tests.

How will my results be sent to me?

Results may be obtained by loggin in, navigating to the test taken located in the top left corner, then clicking on "view test results" in the top right.

Online CAT Scores & Report Info

NOTE: If there was a discrepancy in the scores report email vs the report found on the testing site please do not worry. The Report found online is the final grade report.

 

To see your official grade report

There is an official report available at the top right of the student's test welcome screen. Simply click the link "View Report" under the text "CAT Scores" on the top right. It takes a few minutes for the site to load all of your recent scores. Note this is fully printable and generates a report on our letter head.

 

If your scores are not showing

There are two very common causes for this. First, the most common, if the test is interrupted for any reason before the student clicked on "Finish and Grade" the scores will not show. Test sections can be reset if some unknown technical reason has causes an interruption.

Secondly if you just finished the test section and immediately check for scores it may take several minutes to show.

How soon after completing the paper-based CAT will I receive my results?

Please allow a week for processing the results once we receive them from you. We will send them to you by first-class mail.

How soon after completing TestPoint will I receive my results?

Each TestPoint exam will be scored immediately after its three component tests are completed. Within a few moments an e-mail with these results will be generated and sent to the parent/teacher.

In what format will my child's CAT scores be reported?

CAT scores are reported in terms of grade equivalents, stanines, and percentiles.

In what format will my child’s TestPoint scores be reported?

Your child’s results will be reported as raw scores, grade equivalent, scaled score, and percentile rank.

How long do you store online CAT results and how long will I have access to my results?

The online CAT results will always be available to you at http://christianlibertyonline.com. An online database stores the online CAT results, past and present. If you are unable to access them online for any reason, contact Christian Liberty. We will e-mail or mail the results directly to you.

How long do you store paper-based CAT results and how long will I have access to my results?

We have stored the paper-based CAT results since 2000. Therefore, any past test results since that time will always be available to customers.

How long do you store online TestPoint results and how long will I have access to my results?

TestPoint results will always be available to you at www.mytestpoint.net. An online database stores the TestPoint results, past and present. If you are unable to access them online for any reason, contact Christian Liberty. We will e-mail or mail the results directly to you.

What should I do if I need to obtain past CAT results?

If you need to obtain a copy of your child's past CAT results, you have two choices:

 

  • If you took online test, you can obtain the results directly from http://christianlibertyonline.com. Use the student's authorization code and login on the Web site. Click on the past score reports to access past CAT reports.
  • If you have problems obtaining past results directly from the Web site mentioned above, contact Christian Liberty Press to have those results re-sent to you. Call us at (800) 348-0899 and press 6, or e-mail us at custserv@christianlibertypress.com to make the needed arrangements.
  • If you took paper-based test, contact Christian Liberty Press for a copy of your student’s past results, and we will mail the results directly to you.

What should I do if I need to obtain past TestPoint results?

If you need to obtain a copy of your child's past TestPoint results, you have two choices:

 

  • You can obtain the results directly from www.mytestpoint.net. Use the student’s authorization code and login on the Web site. Click on the past score reports to access past TestPoint reports.
  • If you have problems obtaining past results directly from the Web site mentioned above, contact Christian Liberty Press to have those results re-sent to you. Call us at (800) 348-0899 and press 6, or e-mail us at custserv@christianlibertypress.com to make the needed arrangements.

Who will have access to my results?

Only selected Christian Liberty administrators and High Ground Solutions personnel will have access to results.

Does the CAT test meet my state requirements?

Many states accept the 1970 edition of the California Achievement Test as a suitable achievement test. However, we make no guarantees that your state will do so. You will need to check with your local school authorities or with your statewide home education organization for further information. The online CAT test has the same content as the paper version, except that it is digitized for online presentation. Therefore, if your state accepts the paper version of the 1970 CAT, then it should also accept the online CAT.

Does TestPoint meet my state’s requirements?

At this point, there are no state requirements for the TestPoint placement tests. In addition, the TestPoint exam does not meet the requirements of any state that compels home school students to take an achievement test.

Will CAT or TestPoint test work for special needs children?

The CAT test and TestPoint are not designed for special needs children.

What are the system requirements for the online CAT testing service?

It is imperative that you have a high speed Internet connection if you wish to use the online CAT testing service. If you only have a dial-up Internet connection, you should order our paper-based CAT testing service. In addition, if you need online CAT tests for second grade (Level 1) or third grade (Level 2), you will need to make sure you have speakers. You may use either the Windows or Macintosh operating system on your computer; the operating system is irrelevant. 

What are the system requirements for the TestPoint testing service?

It is imperative that you have a high speed Internet connection if you wish to use the TestPoint testing service. If you only have a dial-up Internet connection, you should order our paper based CAT achievement testing service. You may use either the Windows or Macintosh operating system on your computer; the operating system is irrelevant. Any commonly used web browser can be used with the TestPoint testing service. We suggest the following:

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0+

Firefox 3.0+

Google Chrome 4.0+

Safari 3.0+

What do I do if I am having a problem with Internet speed or connectivity while taking the CAT or the TestPoint exam?

First, contact your local Internet provider to determine if there is anything wrong with your local network. If your local Internet provider cannot resolve the issue, you should contact Christian Liberty Press at custserv@christianlibertypress.com or (800) 348-0899 (press 6). We will provide you with a full refund. You can then order our paper CAT testing service.

If after ordering the online CAT testing service, I decide to enroll my child in Christian Liberty Academy School System (CLASS), does my student need to retake the online CAT?

If you decide to enroll your student with CLASS within six months after receiving the test results, the cost of the test will be deducted from your student’s tuition fee. However, if you enroll your student in a grade level using a different test than the one he or she originally took, we will NOT deduct the test cost from your student's tuition fee.

If after ordering the TestPoint testing service, I decide to enroll my child in CLASS, does my student need to retake TestPoint?

If you decide to enroll your student with CLASS within six months after receiving the test results, the cost of the test will be deducted from your student’s tuition fee. However, if you enroll your student in a grade level using a different test than the one he or she originally took, we will NOT deduct the test cost from your student’s tuition fee.

May a home school group or school make a bulk purchase of the online CAT test?

No. Each online CAT license must be purchased separately for an individual student.

May a home school group or school make a bulk purchase of the paper-based CAT test?

Yes, we allow group or bulk purchases of the paper-based CAT test. In fact, if the group or school buys 150 or more tests, the price for each paper-based CAT will drop from $25 to $22. Group purchases cannot be made through our Web site. Call us at (800) 348-0899 and press 6, or e-mail us at custserv@christianlibertypress.com to make the needed arrangements.

May a home school group or school make a bulk purchase of the TestPoint exams?

No. Each TestPoint license must be purchased separately for a single student.

If after ordering the paper-based CAT testing service, I decide to enroll my child in Christian Liberty Academy School System (CLASS), does my student need to retake the online CAT?

If you decide to enroll your student with the Christian Liberty Academy School System (CLASS) within six months after receiving the test results, the cost of the test will be deducted from your student’s tuition fee. However, if you enroll your student in a grade level using a different Achievement Testing Level than the one he or she originally took, we will NOT deduct the cost of the test from your student’s tuition fee. Please use the CAT Level Chart below to determine if you are eligible for a refund when enrolling your child with CLASS.

 

 CAT Level     Entering Grade Level   
 Level 1  Grade 2
 Level 2  Grade 3
 Level 3  Grade 4, 5, and 6
 Level 4  Grade 7, 8, and 9
 Level 5  Grade 10, 11, and 12