- Choose Testing Administrator
You or FCA will need to administer testing. The publishers of both the Stanford and The Iowa Tests® require that those who administer testing become approved by submitting an online application. If you would like FCA to be your testing administrator, please contact us. You may also become a testing administrator by submitting the online application and meeting the testing qualifications.
- Order online or fill out the order form.
Orders should be submitted 4–6 weeks before testing date. Priority shipping is available for an extra fee.
- Send test in for review
Your standardized-test materials will be sent to the approved testing administer about 2 weeks before your test date.
- Return the materials.
The testing administer has up to 21 days after the test date to return all testing materials.
- Review test results.
Once testing materials have been returned to our office, the scoring process will be completed within 10 business days.* We will notify the testing purchaser by email when the results are ready for review online.
Diagnostic testing is offered year round and is highly recommended for first time home educators. Please contact the office to schedule this test. The cost is $150.00 to have an FCA staff member perform the test.
The test takes approximately 1-2 hours, is given one-on-one and is untimed.
Type of Test and Results
FCA administers the Stanford Achievement Test Christian School 10th Edition. The “Stanford” is an Achievement Test, not a Placement Test. It can be used as an indicator of weak academic areas which need to be strengthened. FCA offers Diagnostic Testing specifically designed for helping with grade placement and with choosing curricula. The Stanford Achievement Test is offered in the spring, usually between March 15th–April 15th.
The Stanford Corporation scores the tests and sends the results to FCA in June. FCA provides a date and time in late June for parents to pick up their test, reenroll, and receive bookstore discounts.
Testing Requirements & Recommendations
Students home educating with FCA are not required to take the SAT test. However, in order to graduate with an FCA approved diploma, students must meet the FCA credit requirements and obtain a qualifying score from one of the following tests during the 11th or 12th grade. High school Stanford Achievement Test – minimum stanine score of 4, College entrance ACT – minimum score of 20, College entrance SAT– minimum score of 500 verbal/500 math.
FCA recommends that students be tested at least one year in the elementary level (3rd), middle school level (6th) and every year in high school (9th-12th), unless your student is scheduled to take a college entrance exam. Letting your student have a testing experience periodically allows parents to monitor progress and keeps students practiced in the skill of taking tests. Testing is recommended every year for students that are on a college path and/or plan to return to the school system.
What the Test Measures & Provides to Parents
The test is an excellent tool to measure strengths and weaknesses on a broad range of subjects including the following:
Word Analysis (K5-2nd)
Reading Skills/Comprehension (K5-12)
Study Skills (4-12)
Social Studies & Science (K5-12)
The test provides to parents scaled, percentile grade-equivalent scores, and an ability/achievement comparison on combination test.
Length of Test
Grades K-8: 3 hours per day, 2 consecutive days
Grades 9-12: 2-3 hours per day, 2 consecutive days
Testing Dates and Locations
FCA offers testing across the state of Tennessee and in Orlando, FL. (See FCA Enrollment form D,to see a complete list of testing locations). FCA will assign your test location which will be printed on your student’s ID card. Site locations are subject to change due to availability, and FCA reserves the right for final site approval.
Tests are currently given in cities across the state of Tennessee and Florida. If you have a large support group you may qualify to have tests administered at your location. FCA suggests that you monitor our site and emails for specific information on testing dates and events.
It is the responsibility of parents to verify their student’s testing dates, times and locations. If you are not sure of your testing date or site, you must call the Records Department for that information or check the website. FCA is not responsible for missed test.
Parents may choose to have their student(s) tested by a certified teacher in the privacy of your home. If you would like your child tested privately by a teacher in your area, we ask that you arrange for a certified teacher to administer the test. We require the following:
Teacher must provide FCA with name, address, phone number and proof of certification within 30 days of enrollment.
The certified teacher may not be a parent or relative of the student.
FCA will mail the test to the teacher between February 15th and March 15th.
Any additional cost for this service will be the responsibility of the parent(s).
Administering teacher must follow all policies of FCA.
All testing deadlines must be followed. If the teacher is not sure he/she can complete and return the test within the time frame required by FCA, the teacher’s services should not be used.
FCA also offers private one-on-one Stanford Achievement Testing through our Madison office for a fee of $150.00. This fee covers the cost of test and teacher’s services.
Students who become married (male or female) and/or pregnant, after enrollment, are required to contact the school to test privately. Additional fees apply.
Deadline for all private testing registration is February 15th.
Registering and Paying for the Test
If you know that you want your child to take the Achievement Test it is best to choose a location and pay for it at the time of enrollment. It is less expensive to sign up for testing before January 1st.
If you decide to wait to sign up for testing, you must do so before the Achievement test deadline which is February 15th. Please contact the office or go to the bookstore to register.
FCA does not offer refunds on testing.
What to Expect the Day of the Test
Our testing policies are in effect to ensure a proper, fair and safe testing environment. Please help us maintain these policies so our students can have a good testing experience.
Students must test in the grade in which they are enrolled.
Parents are able to be in the room with K-2nd grade students testing.
Testing begins promptly at 9:00am each morning. Parents and students are asked to arrive at 8:30am the first morning to receive a brief orientation and classroom assignments.
Testing last from 9:00am-12:30pm for 2 consecutive days. Schedule varies by site, watch for details on your site location by web or mail.
Students should eat a good breakfast and come to test well rested.
Bring scratch paper, at least 2 sharpened #2 pencils, a ruler (with inches and centimeters) and a calculator for 4th grade and above.
FCA uses facilities graciously donated to us. Please take care of the property and be sure to stay within designated areas. Students are allowed in testing rooms, break rooms and bathrooms only.
Please realize we are all witnesses as home-educators. Instruct your children to obey all rules and teachers or they will be expelled from testing (and, possibly from FCA).
Parents must be able to supervise their children not being tested and students finishing early.
Parents are encouraged to bring juice, fruit or any other nutritious snack.
No student will be permitted to leave the premises before testing is over.