This was the first year we’ve done actual standardized testing with my boys.
In the past, we’ve always taken the teacher based assessment option that Washington state allows homeschoolers. It has worked well, shown what they know, and the reports we get back from the assessment company, Family Learning, have been very helpful for planning.
This year, I decided it was time for them to try a regular standardized test.
They are 7th and 9th graders, so they “should” be taking a standardized test, right? I had visions of them going to a group testing, spending the days quietly reading and filling in the bubbles along with a couple dozen of their peers. They would be wonderful test takers and their tests would give an accurate picture of what they know.
Then I woke up from the dream and realized there was simply NO way that was happening. Not the long days. Not the sitting. Not the filling. Did I say not the sitting?
Just. Not. Happening.
My boys speak the language of mice and screens, pixels and radio buttons. Thankfully, the Stanford 10 is available online through Seton Testing as well as through Abeka! A pencil and paper fill-in-the-bubble test isn’t something we HAVE to do.
Registering was a matter of choosing a preferred testing date and paying the fee. A return email assigned a testing date, which turned out to be about 10 days later than I had requested but worked out fine.
Testing took place over two days, untimed but for the window of 9-5 Eastern time on the test days. The sections assigned for the first day had to be completed by 5pm Eastern (2:00 my time, eek!) Day 2 was the same.
The open testing time gave the day a low-pressure feel, which was nice. They were able to take breaks between each test throughout the day, so the sitting part was made much easier for D1. The testing days were much less awful than I thought they were going to be.
Test results came back just two short days later! I was happy and nervous about them, of course. They didn’t do what I would call AMAZING, but they didn’t do terribly either. Except that D2 somehow managed to skip ALL the language arts sections but one. He has no idea how he did that, nor do I. Ah well, what’s done is done.
The scoring was explained and really I didn’t learn a whole lot that I didn’t already know. The important thing is that we met that requirement and it’s done now. The results are mine to use, ignore, treasure or scorn. I haven’t quite decided which yet.