For various reasons, you may choose to test your children at home with a professional proctor to provide instruction, structure and accountability with many similarities to an on-site testing event.
This test is the same Stanford-10 taken on-site, with the exclusion of the listening section. It is available for grades 3-12. Here, your children will call into a conference call from home while using a computer at home. The proctor will provide instructions to each scheduled section of the test. While untimed, a schedule is maintained with flexibility as needed.
Stanford-10 National Achievement Test is a nationally-recognized test used by educators across the United States, particularly in private schools and homeschools. As a norm-referenced test, the Stanford-10 not only offers the home educator information on their student’s achievement, it also provides comparisons based on nationwide test results. The first version of the Stanford Achievement series was published in 1926. Its history and academic excellence has earned its acceptance as a nationally normed achievement test, and meets most states’ testing requirements.
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WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER REGISTRATION:
When you order online, you should receive a confirmation via email. The online testing coordinator will send a link to register for the mandatory practice test the week before the actual test. Shortly before the actual test, you will receive instructions via email with your session numbers and testing schedule.
You must register for a practice test. The practice test is mandatory because many students will be testing simultaneously, and there will not be time to handle preventable technical and navigational issues on test day. Also, the delivery system is updated periodically, so previous tests still need to make sure their systems will work as well. This is mandatory for any child that is taking an online test.
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WHAT TO EXPECT THE DAY OF TESTING:
The week before testing, you should receive an email from your coordinator giving you all the details you need to know. If there are any questions you may have, contact her and she'll be able to help you.
While students are given extended time within each subtest to allow for delays, snacks and breaks, they are asked not to leave the premises during testing. Additional time may be provided at the end of the session as needed. Proctors will remain available until all students have completed all sections of the test.
THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO HAVE:
Do you remember taking tests? We have all been tested in a variety of ways in our lives. From our beliefs to a paper/pencil task, all tests help us grow. While there are physical things to bring, there are also mental aspects to testing. We hope your child will bring everything they need to make it successful.
Non - physical things to bring: A good attitude, Positive self talk, A good night sleep, Hearty breakfast in the stomach
Physical things to have: Calculator, Lunch/Snack, and Water
- A four-function calculator (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) is needed for students in ninth through twelfth grades taking the Stanford-10. Calculator apps or calculators on phones or electronic devices may NOT be used.
- Scrap paper
- Get a good night’s sleep and have a good breakfast: On testing day, please make sure your child is well rested and well nourished. Rest and good nutrition will help him or her concentrate better and perform better on the test.
- Don’t worry! Decrease test anxiety by encouraging your child to relax and do the best he/she can on the test. Do not let anxiety affect you or your child!
- Be bold: At the beginning of each section the test proctor will ask if there are any questions. Encourage your child to not be afraid to ask questions.
- Don’t get hung up on the unknowns: If your child does not readily know an answer, encourage him or her to try to eliminate the obviously incorrect answers. If that doesn’t work, temporarily skip the question and come back to it later. Sometimes thinking about other questions will resolve the knot. Because test scores are based on the number of questions answered correctly, it’s best to have an answer—even if it’s a best guess—on each question.
- Use the testing time wisely: Encourage your student to go back and check/review answers if there is time to do so.
- Remind your student that he or she can’t fail: Achievement tests are not “pass/fail” tests. Help your student to understand (and be assured, yourself) that these tests reveal how a student is progressing in different subject areas.
HOW TO READ/GET RESULTS:
A student's regular performance throughout the year is likely more valid than a single test score. Testing is only a snapshot of a student's skills, abilities, and knowledge. It is also affected by anxiety, fatigue, and disposition. Most importantly, it does not measure many of the best predictors of success, such as effort, tenacity, emotional intelligence, and creativity.