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Do you really know where your children are academically?  This is a common question of parents who participate in home schooling. There are several diagnostic testing services available to home school families.  When students participate in testing a few times each year, teachers and parents may evaluate progress and adjust programs to meet the child's needs.  

Testing Services:

Peterson's Online Academic Skills Course

The Peterson’s College Skills Training to diagnose your current level of academic readiness (in math/college math and English/writing).

If remediation is recommended, a free Customized Learning Path™ is provided to help you improve weaker areas before you enroll in college-level courses.

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Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator

This free career assessment evaluates what you are good at and what you like doing, so you can direct your education and pick a degree path to align with a career you will actually enjoy. 

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Diagnostic Testing from Kimber Academy:

Kimber Academy has made their diagnostic testing available to anyone, not just students of the academies.  K-12 testing.  $30.00 per test. Click here for more information.


Diagnostic Testing from EDUDPS (Educational Diagnostic Prescriptive Services)

Click here for diagnostic testing for K-5th grade for $15.98 per grade level.  Parents are provided test, answer key, and remedial strategies. 


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Peterson's Online Academic Skills Course helps you advance your career by building your math and verbal skills. You start by taking pre-tests which measure your current skill level. Then the course builds a learning path just for you — meaning you get just the lessons you need to improve your skills.

With lessons, quizzes, flashcards, activities, and practice sets, Peterson's Online Academic Skills Course will help you assess your progress and target your study time — all to help you qualify for the college or job you want.

Price: $195


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The National Testing Center from Kimber Academy offer diagnostic tests for all ages -- 4 through adult.  They will show you the strengths and needs of your student in every subject of math, science, language arts, history and writing skills.

There are 3 main things that parents need to know about the education of their children:

  • KNOWLEDGE: What their child knows about each subject -- his/her level of academics.
  • APTITUDE: How their child responds to the subject -- his/her interest. 
  • ATTITUDE: How their child feels about the subject, his/her comfort level.

There are VERY FEW tests available that give parents analyses in these important areas.  Most testing may give you an over-all understanding of the student's KNOWLEDGE in the five basic core subjects, but you still won't really know the strengths and weaknesses in specific subjects.  If your child scores 50% in math, for example, what does that mean?  What area of math needs to be improved?

The National Testing Center diagnostic tests will tell you the percentages in each AREA of the subject.  For math, you will see the scores for numeration, fractions, geometry, algebra, etc.  Then, with this evaluation, you as a parent can determine which PART of math needs more work and understanding.  Not only will you will know  WHAT your child knows,  you will know his/her APTITUDE about each subject, and his/her ATTITUDE about it.  

These affordable diagnostic exams will be priceless for your entire family's education and learning!

EDUDPS provides diagnostic testing for K-5th grade students in order to ascertain mastery of all subjects according to proper grade level requirements. Read more about these test at Understanding Testing and Tests. Their diagnostic tests sell for $15.98 per grade level. They come in six separate grades – Kindergarten through 5th. Each test is complete with its own answer key and remedial strategies section with remedies for weaknesses that are discovered through testing. They are complete in-house tests, meaning that you administer and score them yourselves. You don’t send them back to us for scoring or interpretation. They are very simple to give. Everything that you need is provided. Some parents use our tests as yearly pre-assessments to see what subjects need attention for the upcoming school year. Click here to learn more or to purchase The Diagnostic Prescriptive Assessment. 

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