General Test Information:


$45 per test

– For test appointments contact Cathy’s daughter, Natalie Jucewicz:

  • Cathy Muscara will not be conducting testing this school year.

-CAT testing is available online:  $25

From the PA State Homeschool Law:
Pennsylvania’s law governing home education programs requires standardized testing in grades 3, 5, and 8. Families have the option of participating in the tests administered to public school students in these grade levels or taking one of the nationally normed standardized achievement tests in reading/language arts and mathematics approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. As of July 1, 2009, the Department of Education revised the list of approved tests as follows:

  1. California Achievement Test
  2. Comprehensive Testing Program (CTPIV)
  3. Iowa Test of Basic Skills
  4. Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
  5. Metropolitan Achievement Test
  6. Peabody Achievement Individual Test – Revised Version
  7. Stanford Achievement Test
  8. Terra Nova
  9. Woodcock-Johnson Revised Tests of Achievement III
  10. Woodcock-Johnson IV
  11. Wechsler Individual Achievement Test III (WIAT-III)***We offer the Peabody Individual Achievement Test with Revised Norms.  (PIAT/R-NU).  The PIAT can be taken at anytime as the score is based on the child’s age, not his/her mastery in the grade level or curriculum. There is no practice test available for the PIAT, and there is no real way to prepare your child or review to increase scores.  Most of the tests listed above are traditional fill-in-the-little-circle type tests that require the child to complete booklets filled with questions over a few hours or days.  The PIAT provides the child with a much more pleasant testing experience, in a one with one setting.

From a distributor:
Peabody Individual Achievement Test-Revised-Normative Update (PIAT-R/NU) is an efficient individual measure of academic achievement. Reading, mathematics, and spelling are assessed in a simple, nonthreatening format that requires only a pointing response for most items.

  • Reading Recognition—100 items measure recognition of printed letters and the ability to read words aloud.
  • Reading Comprehension—82 items measure reading comprehension. The student chooses one of four pictures that best illustrates a sentence.
  • Mathematics—100 multiple choice items test knowledge and application of math concepts and facts.
  • Spelling—100 multiple choice items measure recognition of correct word spelling.

The entire test is completed without the child using a pen or pencil…all verbal responses.  The child is not required to answer all 382 questions…the same test can be administered to students in grades K-12, so the total number of items scored is based on the child’s ability and age.

The test can only be administered to one child at a time because it is so individualized.  A one hour time frame covers the administration and scoring of the test and also the report with the parent.  A family of two may be able to complete 2 tests in 90 minutes.  Families are able to take test results home with them that day.  $40 (payable by cash or check) covers the test, its administration and the results.



  1. How do we schedule a test? My daughter is in 3rd grade. Our first year dealing with the reporting paperwork, testing, etc. Freaking out a little here. -Lisa C.


    1. Hello! The Math portion is multiple choice answers. The questions are formatted to only require quick mental math and/or problem solving. Four answer choices are given.


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