In Maine, homeschooled families are NOT required to test. Many families, however, find testing to be beneficial. Homeschoolers of Maine is happy to partner with BJU Press Testing and Evaluation in 2023 to offer the Iowa Assessments from home.
You'll be helping to protect homeschool freedom, too! This year, when you test with Homeschoolers of Maine and BJU, HOME will receive a group report (based on ANONYMOUS student data), allowing us to showcase to legislators the success of home-educated students. Here are some unique benefits for participants:
Choose Online Testing for Even More Benefits!
BJU Press Testing & Evaluation is offering faster results with fewer requirements. Benefits of Online Testing include:
PROTECT HOMESCHOOL FREEDOM
Establishing a Maine database of compiled scores lends credibility to the educational excellence of homeschool students. Because homeschooled students historically score very high, the larger the number of students tested, the more convincing our scores become to both legislators and the public.
Your participation is encouraged, not only for your own information, but to continue to safeguard our freedoms.
LEARN TEST-TAKING SUCCESS
Following directions, relaxing under pressure, pacing oneself, and completing work in an allotted time are all great skills that can be honed through taking tests. Testing also provides valuable preparation for college entrance exams, such as the ACT and SAT.
PROVIDE A BENCHMARK
Standardized tests indicate how your child compares academically to other children at his grade level.
While we do have the privilege of seeing our children learn on a day-to-day basis, it is beneficial to assess a child’s year-to-year development of learning.
WE PROTECT YOUR PRIVACY
The charts of test scores shown to Maine legislators are combined scores of homeschool students statewide, never individual scores.
YES! There are many good reasons to maintain a portfolio of your child's work and use the portfolio review method to fulfill the legal requirement for annual assessment. Participation in the study does not require you to submit your child's test results to your local district for annual assessment purposes.
Step One: Make a Testing Plan
Choose your dates and your type of test (online or paper/pencil).
Step Two: Order Your Test
ORDER BY PHONE
COST - Cost will vary depending on the testing option you choose. Cost information is available at BJU Testing and Evaluation. Be sure to use the BJU Parent Portal above for ordering to receive your 10% discount!
Step Three: Take the Survey
Online testing dates and directions for ordering can be found below. Place your order two weeks before your desired date. Use HOME's ID number to order: 3QUZ9URF.
Online Testing - Iowa Assessments Form E and COGAT Form 7
Testing Dates Start End
MT 5/15-5/16 1:30 pm 4:30 pm
RF 6/8-6/9 8:30 am 11:30 am
Orders MUST be placed at least 2 weeks ahead of desired test date.
To order, call (800) 845-5731: