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2018 Iowa/Cogat Testing

BEECH Homeschool Community
is pleased to offer Standardized Testing Services
to its Members and the
 Homeschool Community in Forsyth County and Surrounding Areas.

For Spring 2018, the IOWA FORM C/COGAT 6 Standardized test
will be offered to ALL Grades between 3rd and 12th.  
GA Homeschool Law requires Mandatory
National Standardized Testing only in grades 3, 6, 9 and 12.

  • We wanted to be able to offer either the OLSAT or the COGAT to help parents better assess their child's learning abilities and achievements. Since we offered the OLSAT last year, this year we will offer the COGAT.
  • The COGAT 6 is only available for use with the IOWA Form C.
  • By ordering the Combination test of the Iowa Form C and the COGAT 6 you will get results that compare your child's abilities to their performance.
  • The IOWA test is timed.  For some students, a timed test can make testing more stressful.  Please make sure you explain to your child that it is ok if they leave some blanks.  They should just do their best in the time allowed.
  • The COGAT portion of the test is OPTIONAL.  However, those opting out of the COGAT, will still need to order the IOWA FORM C as ALL Students need to be taking the same test.
  • Please note, the Publisher has not released the COGAT 7 which is the one that provides the comparative results of abilities vs. achievement with the Iowa Form E.  Because of this, we are unable to provide testing for the Iowa Form E.  However, the Form C is still a good exam with relevant results.  
  • The COGAT provides insight into your child's learning styles.  There is a website you can go to once you receive results to get tips on teaching your child based on their results.  www.cogat.com
  • All Testers with BEECH are official approved Testers through BJUPress.
  • Since you will order your test directly from BJUPress, you are the ONLY one that will see your Child's Test Scores as they will go directly to you.  No one at BEECH will know how your child did on the tests.
  • Testing includes the GA mandatory subjects of English, Reading, Math, Social Studies and Science

Why do we alternate test types each year?

  • By alternating test types students get experience with different kinds of tests which helps to prepare them for the SAT, ACT, and College.
  • The Stanford is untimed, while the Iowa is timed.  Some students will do better on untimed tests as they don't function well with the stress of the timer.  Others students work better under pressure and don't like the longer breaks between tests that the Stanford sometimes requires in order for all test takers to complete a section.
  • While the Iowa and the Stanford both test the same types of skills, they do so in a different manner and by asking questions slightly differently.  Some students will score better on one vs. the other.
  • The Iowa and Stanford have different testing sections.  For instance, the Stanford tests listening skills through 9th grade while the Iowa only tests listening through 3rd grade.  The Iowa has a dedicated section for maps/references/sources while the Stanford incorporates these items throughout different testing sections.
  • By allowing students the opportunity to try different exam types, and both timed and untimed exams, it better prepares them for testing situations that they are likely to run into during their future endeavors including Dual enrollment, SAT, and college.  
  • While GA law only requires testing in 3rd, 6th, 9th and 12th grades.  We highly encourage parents to consider testing every year between 6th and 12th grade.  Remember, these tests are standardized off of the norms and with public and private schools that do much more testing than the average homeschooler in a year's time.  By giving your child experience and practice with different standardized tests they are much more likely to be successful.  There is, after all, a certain art to taking a standardized test, as anyone who has taken SAT classes can attest.

Test Dates, Time and Location:

  • Testing will be done on May 29th, 30th and 31st, 2018  
  • Students must arrive at 9:45 a.m. and testing will begin promptly at 10 a.m.  
  • Testing takes approximately 2-3 hours per day plus breaks.  
    • Grades 3-8 takes approximately 6 hours to complete and a total of 3 days
    • Grades 9-12 takes approximately 4 hours and a total 2 days.
  • Due to space limitations, parents may not stay during testing.
  • Parents need to pick their students up NO Later than 1 p.m. every day.
  • The COGAT 6 will be given on the last day - all grades may test together for the COGAT.
  • The COGAT 6 takes approximately 2.5 hours to administer in addition to the testing time of the Iowa.
  • Testing will occur at CFAF (Christian Fine Arts of Forsyth) 1479 Ventura Drive, Suite B, Cumming, GA 30040.
  • BEECH will have privacy at the CFAF building - no music classes, etc will be going on during test times.
  • Students will be tested in a group setting.
  • Students will be separated out in different rooms by appropriate grades that can be tested together.  Although 3rd-8th grade can be tested together for the Iowa, our intention is to test these ages together if we have enough space/students.
    • 3rd grade 
    • 4-6th grade
    • 7th and 8th grade
    • 9-12th grade
    • Word analysis and listening is only on the 3rd grade test.
  • Private testing and special testing accommodations for students are not available.

Testing Information and Cost:

  • All tests must be ordered and purchased by the parent on www.bjupress.com by April 23, 2018 according to the directions provided by BEECH in your registration email confirming your child has a spot testing with BEECH.  
  • Parents are responsible for ordering the Correct Grade and Level Test.
  • Tests ordered after April 23rd may not arrive in time for the BEECH test dates.  
  • Tests ordered after April 23rd MAY require you to pay 2nd day air shipping to arrive in time - 2nd day air costs $30.
  • Tests ordered after May 1st WILL require you to pay 2nd day air shipping to arrive in time - 2nd day air costs $30.
  • Please use the following Test Administrator # when ordering exams 77650210
  • Test booklets and answer sheets will be mailed by BEECH back to BJUPress for grading.  
  • Your test results should be delivered to your email within 30-45 days of your test being completed.  
  • You are the ONLY one that gets copies of your child's test results.
  • BEECH members do not have to pay a proctoring/tester fee.
  • Nonmembers will be charged $20 for the 1st child testing, $10 for the 2nd child testing and $5 for every additional child in the family testing.  
  • Postage for returning exams is included in your Proctoring/Tester fee.
  • IOWA tests cost:
    • 3rd grade Iowa $25
    • 3rd grade Iowa/COGAT $40
    • Grades 4-12 Iowa $25
    • Grades 4-12 Iowa $40
    • Iowa and COGAT practice tests are also available for purchase and cost around $15

If you are not a BEECH member, but are interested in testing with BEECH,

Please fill out the Standardized Testing Registration Form on the Website Here.

More information on the IOWA and COGAT tests:

The Iowa Tests are nationally standardized tests and meet most state requirements. The Iowa Tests cover a wide range of skills and knowledge.  Results include:

  • Norm-referenced scores: Standard Score, Grade Equivalent, Stanine, and National Percentile Rank
  • Graphed achievement percentiles
  • Content cluster skills evaluations
  • Skills performance ratings
  • Score interpretation brochure

Combining achievement tests and learning ability tests will help you develop reasonable expectations for your child’s progress, based on his or her abilities. Once you discern whether your child is reaching his or her academic potential, you can understand how to tailor your teaching to your child’s learning style.

The COGAT assesses developed reasoning and problem-solving abilities important for learning. Combination testing with Form C of The Iowa Tests® allows comparisons between a student’s ability and his actual achievement.

The COGAT measures three areas:

  • Verbal skills (verbal classification, sentence completion, and verbal analogies)
  • Quantitative skills (quantitative relations, number series, and equation building)
  • Nonverbal skills (figure classification, figure analogies, and figure analysis)

Examples of Iowa Results: