Purchase standard test to administer

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  1. Thinkingstuff

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    I have to conducted a standardized test and administer it to one of my Kids I would like to Use the Iowa Standardized test but am having a difficult time trying to obtain it to administer it. Does anyone know how I can do this? Thanks.
     
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    You may be able to get the local public school district to administer standardized tests for you.
     
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    You should be able to get the Iowas from Bob Jones but that's such a cumbersome test. We did the CAT test and it was SO much better, IMO. The Iowas took HOURS and HOURS to do - the CAT was only a couple of hours for my 3rd grader.

    I think we got our CATS from Seton Testing??
     
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    My wife and I decided to go with that one for now. Thanks I ordered it from Seton and I got it pretty quick. I will wait until my daughter is a little older to get the Iowas. Thanks.
     
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    How old is your daughter?

    I was pleased - I got the test back for Robby and he got a 91 percentile. :) So I think we're doing OK. I homeschooled my older girls and they always had similar scores. Robby's in third and this was his first year to be tested. The state law says that from 4th to 8th grades he will need to be tested every other year so I can get away without testing this year (and next year if I choose to test 5th and 7th grades) but I like to see where we stand for my own knowledge. I can see (which I pretty much knew) that we need to work a little bit more in math stuff but he got one 6 and two 7s on that so it's still not "bad". :)
     
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    She's 9. Her birthday is late September. My state has required testing periods as well and her 3 rd grade is one such time.
     
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    OK - I proctored 2nd grade but the 3rd grade was about the same amount of time. We started around 9:30, stopped for the day at noon then he had to go back the next day for a final 17 minutes to finish the test. So it should take you about 2.5 hours or so to do the test. (we did big breaks - a snack break and such). The Iowas take about 5.5 hours to administer. WAY different and from my understanding, the CAT is better. Don't know why but it is. Hey, for less time, I agree. LOL
     
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    Actually, I think thats probably a good idea. Large breaks and less testing time. But statistically are the CAT results comparable to the Iowa's
     
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    You know, I haven't looked but the teacher who administered the CAT prefers it over the Iowas.

    I agree about the big breaks - but I think the actual testing time for the CAT was about 3 hours?? MUCH less than the Iowas. I liked the test because it wasn't overwhelming for the young ones (there were no more than 20 questions in a section) and so it made for a much more pleasant experience. :)
     
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    We used Seton testing, worked out pretty well.
     
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    To my understanding, anyone with a bona-fide Bachelors degree can proctor these tests, as least that's how it used to be. {Things change.}

    I have a Master's (Christian Education) and would be glad to proctor these for anyone here in central Oklahoma.


     
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    It would depend on the test. The Iowas don't have the requirement of a college degree and I'm sure there are others. As for proctoring, I don't think there's any requirement like that at all. I proctored this year for the CAT test with our homeschool group and I don't have a college degree.
     

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