California Achievement Tests

Pricing and Grades

Grade Price
4 – 12 $29

Administration Requirements

  • No B.A. or B.S. Degree required
  • No Test Agreement to sign
  • Paper booklet test
  • 30-day rental period

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The California Achievement Test, CAT E/Survey (Grades 4-12), is a nationally normed standardized test that measures achievement in the areas of Reading, Language Arts and Math.

It meets most states’ requirements for an annual assessment for homeschool and private school use. This is a Core Battery/Survey Edition and takes approximately 2½ hours to administer.


CAT E/Survey Test Kit (Test & Prep)
Grades 4-8
CAT E/Survey Test Only
Grades 4-12

CAT - California Achievement Test

The CAT Evaluates:

  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension
  • Language Mechanics
  • Language Expression
  • Math Computation
  • Math Concepts and Applications

Test Administration

  • No Bachelor’s Degree Required.

Before Ordering the CAT E/Survey

  • Only homeschooling families, homeschool support groups, or private schools can order the CAT.
  • We fill and ship CAT orders the next day unless you choose a testing week up to 5 months in advance.
  • Tests are scored according to the below dates and norming data.
    September 1 – November 30 Fall Norms
    December 1 – Last day of February Midyear Norms
    March 1 – August 31 Spring Norms

Steps for Ordering the CAT E/Survey on our website

Step 1: Login to your Seton Testing account or Create an account.

Step 2: Add Test to Cart.

  • On the CAT page scroll down to the shopping cart area to add a test to the cart.
  • Click “Continue Shopping” on the shopping cart page to add more tests.
  • Step 3: Check out.

  • Select Test Week or select “Send CAT E Immediately”.
  • Step 4: Place your order using Visa, MasterCard, or Discover.

    Step 5: Receive a confirmation email shortly after placing your order.

    Step 6: Receive your CAT Test(s) approximately:

  • 7 to 10 days after placing your order if you selected the “Send CAT E Immediately” option.
  • 1 to 2 weeks before your test week if you selected the “Testing Week” option.
  • Administration and Completion Times


    Step 1: Open your testing packet immediately and review your packing list/invoice to make sure all materials are present. If anything is missing, call Seton Testing immediately toll free at 800-542-1066.

    Step 2: Review your Test Administration Directions.

    Step 3: Keep materials in a secure location until you are ready to administer the test.

    Administration: Completion Time:
    Grades 4–12 (Levels 14–20) may be tested together.

    Grades 4-12: 2½ hours

    Returning Test Materials

    Step 1: Follow the instructions for preparing and packaging answer documents for scoring contained in your Test Administration Directions.
    Step 2: Mail ALL the answer documents and ALL the testing materials back to Seton Testing. Return shipping is the customer’s responsibility so please return test materials in their original condition via a trackable and insurable shipping method to:

    Seton Testing Services
    1350 Progress Drive
    Front Royal, VA 22630

    Step 3: Allow 2 weeks for test results from Seton. Once your California Achievement Tests are scored, you can find the results in your online user account at


    Rental Period

    • CAT materials are 30-day rentals. Your 30-day rental period starts from the first day of your selected testing week or upon receipt of your test materials if your selected “Send Immediately” at check-out.
    • 30-day rental period extensions are $20 per test.


    Return Shipping

    • Return shipping is the customer’s responsibility.
    • DO NOT return test materials in separate shipments.
    • Return all test materials in a single package via a trackable and insurable shipping method within the rental period unless special permission is obtained from Seton prior to the due date.
    • If any test materials are lost, or returned late or damaged (ripped, torn, stained, folded, creased, written in, etc.), the customer is responsible and will be charged $25 for each student test booklet and $40 for each test administration booklet that does not reach Seton or reaches Seton late or damaged. It is the customer’s responsibility to contact the shipping carrier for a claim on the materials.
    • Tests will not be scored until all test materials are returned and lost/late/damaged fees have been paid.

    Scoring Reports and Results

    • Tests will not be scored until all test materials are returned and lost/late/damaged fees have been paid.
    • Norm-referenced scores: raw scores, stanine scores, percentile ranks, and composite percentile ranks.
    • Here is a sample California Achievement Test report.
    • Year-round machine and hand scoring at our facility.
    • We mail scores to you within 2 weeks of the date we receive your returned testing materials.
    • One copy of the test report per student will be mailed.
    • Test scores are also available online in your user account.


    • By default, we score tests between the following dates according to the following norming data.
      September 1 – November 30 Fall Norms
      December 1 – Last day of February Midyear Norms
      March 1 – August 31 Spring Norms
    • To be automatically scored at no extra cost according to a particular norm period, return the tests to our facility postmarked no later than the last day of that norm period.
    • If you want a test scored for a norm period different from the current one, when you return the test include a check made out to Seton Testing Services for $15 per test for off-norm scoring and indicate the norm period (Fall, Midyear, or Spring) for which you want the test scored.


    Additional Scoring Services and Fees for CAT-E Survey

    • Replacement fee for lost or damaged consumable test booklet – $25 per booklet
    • Replacement fee for lost or damaged answer document – $10 per answer document
    • Rental period extension – $20 per test per 30 days
    • Off-season scoring/norming – $15 per test
    • Handscoring of damaged, non-scorable test – $50.00 per test
    • Additional Score Report – Emailed is $10 per report; Mailed is $15 per report.
    • Expedited Scoring – Scoring of tests within 1 business day of delivery to our offices – $25.00 per test (applicable to walk-ins as well, no exceptions)

    Policies & Procedures for the California Achievement Test (CAT)


    • Creation of a user account is required to order the California Achievement Test.
    • Place your order online at the CAT product page or by phone at 540-636-1250 or 800-542-1066.
    • You can also email your CAT order to or fax it to 888-282-7806.
    • Seton accepts MasterCard, Visa, Discover Card, check or money order. If you pay with check or money order, tests will not be shipped until we receive your check or money order.
    • Prices are subject to change without notice.
    • If your order is incorrect, and we made the error, we will gladly correct it. Please call us as soon as possible at 800-542-1066 and notify us of the error. After we verify the error, we will then send you the correct items and a prepaid return label if you need to return something. Please Note: Returns without our prepaid return label will be at your own expense, so please call us before sending anything back.

    Discount Policy

    • Orders of 10 or more California Achievement Tests of any level get a 10% discount.
    • To qualify for these discounts, orders must be placed and score reports must be sent to the group coordinator or school.

    Test Administration

    • NO Bachelor’s Degree required.
    • California Achievement Test materials are 30-day rentals.
    • 30-day rental period extensions are $20 per test.
    • Some states may not permit parental administration of the test. It is your responsibility to check your state’s testing requirements.


    • Standard Service. We do not ship California Achievement Test orders with tracking. Alternative shipping methods are available for an additional charge.
    • We fill and ship California Achievement Test orders within 24 hours if you check off “Send CAT E Immediately”. Otherwise, we ship it 1 or 2 weeks prior to your selected testing week.
    • Orders should arrive within 7 to 10 business days after we ship them.


    • Tests will not be scored until all test materials are returned and lost/late/damaged fees have been paid.
    • Please completely fill-in the answer sheets and check for errors before returning.
    • We mail California Achievement Test reports to you within two weeks of receipt of all your testing materials. Test reports are also available online in your user account, if one was created.
    • Seton does not send test results to third parties unless directed to by the account holder.


    • Before returning any unused tests for a refund or exchange, please call Seton at 1-800-542-1066 and speak to one of our Customer Service Representatives.
    • Unused tests (along with any accompanying answer documents and/or directions) that are received within 30 days of the test date will be given a full refund less a 25% restocking fee if received in saleable condition. There is also a 25% restocking fee for exchanges.
    • Seton Testing reserves the right to give partial credit for incomplete and/or partially damaged returns.
    • Seton Testing will not be responsible for any loss or damage incurred in return shipments so returns should be sent via a trackable shipping method.
    • The customer will not be reimbursed for shipping costs when returning materials for a refund or exchange.

    Ordering the CAT for a Private School or Group

    • Pricing for the CAT is $29 per test for grades 4-12. Grades K-3 for the CAT are unavailable.
    • Orders of 10 or more California Achievement Tests get 10% off.
    • To qualify for these discounts, orders must be placed and score reports must be sent to the group coordinator or school.
    • The price covers the cost of the student test booklets, test administration directions, answer sheets, basic shipping to you, scoring, and posting the test results.
    • If you want to send a Purchase Order to pay by check, please fill-out this credit application, fax it to 888-282-7806, and call us at 800-542-1066 with your credit card information to keep on file.
    • Creating an online account is required for ordering standardized tests.


    Ordering Steps

    When you are ready to order 10 or more CAT tests for your private school or group, please…

    Step 1: Email with the name of your school, contact information, & the number of tests needed for each grade so we can add the data to your account & then contact you.

    Step 2: Login to your account by clicking here to verify the accuracy of the information and pay for the order. We can’t ship the tests until the order has been paid.

    Step 3: CAT orders are usually filled and shipped within 24 hours after they have been paid.

    After you administer the tests, send ALL test materials back to Seton Testing for scoring.


    Score Reports

    • Test reports include individual student reports with raw scores, stanines and national percentile rank.
    • No school or group reports.
    • The test score reports will be available within two weeks in your online account.
    • Hard copies of test results will be shipped to the school or group coordinator to distribute to the group.

    How to Place a School or Group Order

    CAT E/Survey FAQ

    Is the CAT E/Survey timed? How long does the CAT take to administer?

    Yes, the CAT is timed and takes approximately 2 to 2½ hours to administer depending upon the grade level. There are five to six sections within each test booklet and each section usually has a time limit of 20 minutes. No more than 2 or 3 tests should be given in one day. The tests should be spread out over two or three days.

    See what is tested at each level & the completion times for each section.

    What subjects are tested on the CAT E/Survey?

    The CAT tests the basics– Reading, Language Arts, and Mathematics– which meet the standard requirements. Click the following link for a detailed document of the CAT Scope & Sequence.

    What type of test is the California Achievement Test (CAT E/Survey)?

    The CAT Survey Form E is a nationally normed standardized test that is accepted in most states. The CAT offers testing for grades 4-12. Your child’s scores are compared to the scores of other children who have taken the test. There is no direct correlation between the number of correct answers and the percentiles reported. For example, the 57th percentile indicates that a student scored better than 57% of students who took this test at this grade level, not that the student got 57% of the questions correct.

    California Achievement Test Kit – Test Prep & Test (Grades 4-8)

    *Note: CAT E- Survey Level 10, Kindergarten test no longer Available. Substitute CAT 6 Level 10. Click here
    *Note: CAT E- Survey Level 11, 1st grade test no longer Available. Substitute CAT 6 Level 11. Click here
    *Note: CAT E- Survey Level 13, 3rd grade test no longer Available. Substitute CAT 6 Level 13. Click here
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    California Achievement Test – Test Only (Grades 4-12)

    *NOTE: CAT E/Survey tests for Grades K-3 are no longer available.
    >SUBSTITUTE:  TerraNova 2/CAT 6 for Grades K-3.
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    California Achievement Test – Test Prep Only (Grades 1-8)

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