Standardized Testing Options

Don't Be Intimidated!

Standardized achievement testing is one method of annual assessment that fulfills the assessment obligation under Maine homeschool law.


Standardized testing isn't the best way to measure progress for every child. However, research shows that most homeschooled students do very well with standardized testing. Testing not only evaluates  how your child is progressing in various subjects, but also measures how effectively your teaching methods are working. 


Use standardized test results to adjust your curriculum and teaching style, or to evaluate your child’s individual needs. If you find your child is not well suited to the testing experience, give yourself plenty of time to choose another method of annual assessment.


Any nationally normed standardized achievement test is acceptable. Below are some options.


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Testing Services


Seton Testing Services offers the Stanford 10 Online 2-day test with Lexile® for grades 3 – 12. 


The Stanford 10 Online Achievement Test (SAT 10) is the ONLINE version of the Stanford 10, re-normed in 2018. This nationally normed, standardized achievement test is done online at your computer during a scheduled week you select at check-out up to 5 months in advance. The Stanford Online is an untimed, multiple-choice assessment that follows an easy-hard-easy question format where items are arranged to facilitate student engagement and test completion. No degree required. Seton is the Test Administrator. 


Hewitt Learning offers the PASS test.


The P.A.S.S. (Personalized Assessment of Student Success) Test is a standardized test that has been administrated over 350,000 times. Its popularity among homeschooling families is due primarily to two characteristics.
  1. It is a non-timed test. This reduces or eliminates the test anxiety often arising around standardized testing.
  2. Because not all students are at the same level in any particular grade, it incorporates a pretest to determine the most appropriate level test to administer in each of the three subjects (Reading, Math, and Language). When tests are scored, the student’s responses to the specific level tests they took are then used to generate a report, which includes a comparison of the student to others in their same grade, as well as some specific recommendations.