Overview of the Testing Process for Paper Tests
Step 1: Order the test.
Step 2: Administer the test.
Step 3: Return the test to Seton for scoring.
1. Order the standardized test, then Seton ships it with test directions.
2. Administer the test within the rental period.
3. Return all the test materials back to Seton immediately for scoring and test reports uploaded to your online account within about 2 weeks.
Norm-referenced tests report how test takers compare to a standard sample group of students of the same age or grade level, who have already taken the exam during a particular time period of the school year: Fall Norms (beginning of the school year), Midyear Norms, or Spring Norms (end of the school year).
How do I determine which grade level of the standardized test to order my student given the current norm period?
Generally speaking, get the grade level for the grade they are currently in or have just completed. So if you are testing during Fall Norms, you would get the test for the grade level your student is beginning. For Midyear Norms, order the test for the grade the student is in. During Spring Norms, get the test for the grade the student is finishing or has completed.
For norm period dates for the standardized tests we offer, please see the Scoring Reports and Results page.
By when do test answer sheets need to be returned in order to be scored according to a particular norm period?
To be scored automatically at no extra cost according to the standard that was set by a particular norm period, test answer sheets need to be returned to our facility postmarked no later than the last day of that norm period.
For norm period dates for the standardized tests we offer, please see the Scoring Reports and Results page.
PLEASE NOTE: Fall Norms are not available for grade K of the IOWA and TerraNova tests.
When you return the test materials, just 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.
For example: Let’s say it is the Fall Norms period and your student is beginning 7th grade, but you still want to test for end-of-the-year Spring Norms for 6th grade. Order and administer the 6th grade level test as usual, but when you return the test materials, just include a check for $15 and ask that the test be scored according to Spring Norms. That way the test will be scored according to end-of-the-year Spring Norms for 6th grade instead of beginning-of-the-year Fall Norms for 6th grade.
ORDERING STANDARDIZED TESTS
A standardized-achievement and/or abilities test can be used as a general guideline when admitting a new school student, but achievement tests should not be used alone to determine a student’s grade placement. Our diagnostic online reading & math assessments would be more helpful for determining a student’s grade placement.
Check with your state’s homeschool organization or education department.
To order standardized tests Seton requires that you create a user account. The first time you order the IOWA Form E, TerraNova, or Stanford Online you must also read and sign a Test Agreement Form BEFORE materials may be shipped or emailed.
We ask that you order 3 weeks to 5 months in advance if you are an individual person or family.
Please order at least 3-4 weeks in advance for a school or group order.
PLEASE NOTE: If you want your beginning test week to be 2 different weeks, you need to place 2 separate orders.
Seton Testing Services is open from 9am – 5pm Monday through Friday if you would like to place your order over the phone by calling 540-636-1250 or toll-free at 800-542-1066. We accept Visa, MasterCard, or Discover. You can also fax your order to 888-282-7806.
Seton Testing uses SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption when transmitting certain kinds of information, such as financial services information or payment information. An icon resembling a padlock is displayed on the bottom and top of most browser windows during SSL transactions that involve credit cards and other forms of payment. Any time Seton Testing asks for a credit card number during checkout for payment, it will be SSL encrypted. Therefore, the information you provide will be stored securely on our servers.
The price covers the rental cost of the student test booklet, test administration directions, answer sheet, basic shipping to you, scoring, and posting the test results.
Yes, we offer discounts for schools & groups. There is also a coupon for families fully enrolled in the Seton Home Study Program.
We ask that you order standardized tests 3 weeks to 5 months before your desired test date. We also ask schools or large groups to place their orders at least 3 to 4 weeks before their planned testing period. You select the beginning test week during check-out.
We ship the paper standardized tests about 2 weeks before the testing date you select during check-out.
Generally speaking, get the grade level for the grade the student is currently in…or has recently completed.
You may order the same test for the same student at the same grade level as frequently as every 3 months.
RECEIVING YOUR ORDER
Standardized test materials such as the IOWA Form E, CogAT Form 7, or TerraNova/CAT 6 are usually shipped via trackable Media Mail about 2 weeks before the testing date you select at check-out and usually arrive 4-8 business days after shipping.
Test prep products usually ship within 1 business day of placing your order.
If you don’t receive your order within 8 business days of shipping, please contact us at 800-542-1066.
For the CAT, during check-out check-mark “Send CAT E/Survey Immediately.”
FROM July 1-February 28 ONLY: For the IOWA, CogAT, and TerraNova/CAT 6, you will have to choose a test date at least 3 weeks from now, but in the comments box on the last page of check-out at the bottom say, “SEND IMMEDIATELY”.
For the Stanford Online, in the comments box indicate the dates you actually want to test. After placing your order contact our Stanford personnel to confirm the change: Toll-Free Phone: 888-766-0029. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes. After placing your order call 800-542-1066 for an expedited shipping quote for your order.
What should I do if the test materials shipped to me are incorrect, damaged, or defective upon delivery?
Please contact us immediately. If an order error was made by Seton, we will gladly make the matter right by sending you the correct items. If you receive a product from us that is missing pages, printed improperly, or defective in any way, please notify us and we will send you a replacement at no cost.
No. We don’t have testing centers. We ship the tests to you so you can administer them in your own home. However, if you want or need someone else to administer the test, you could order the test and then arrange to have it administered at a testing center.
Yes. You do not have to wait until your selected test week to give the test to your student.
RETURNING TEST MATERIALS
Yes. Standardized test materials are rentals only. Due to legal considerations, all standardized test materials must be returned to us immediately after testing.
CAT Survey test materials may be kept for 30 days from the beginning of the testing week selected or 30 days from the ship date if no testing week is selected.
The TerraNova/CAT 6 test is a 21-day rental. Customers who do not return all TerraNova/CAT 6 materials within 21 days from the beginning of the selected test week will be charged $25 per student test booklet and $40 for each test administration booklet.
The IOWA Form E tests are 14-day rentals. Customers who do not return all IOWA Form E materials within 14 days from the beginning of the selected test week will be charged $25 per student test booklet and $40 for each test administration booklet.
ALL standardized testing materials (booklets and instructions) must be returned to us BEFORE your tests are scored.
Rental period extensions are $20 per test; 14 days for IOWA Form E, 21 days for the TerraNova, 30 days for the CAT.
No. Do not return test materials in separate shipments. Return all test materials in a single package.
You do. Please use a trackable and insurable shipping method such as USPS Flat Rate Priority. If the tests are not delivered back to us, you will be subject to fees. We recommend insuring for $25 per student booklet and $40 per administration booklet.
Seton Testing reserves the right to charge $25 per student test booklet and $40 for each test administration booklet that does not reach Seton or is returned damaged (ripped, torn, stained, folded, creased, written in, etc.). Tests will not be scored until lost/late/damaged fees have been paid.
Typically, once all test materials have been returned, checked back in at our facility, and (with the IOWA & Terranova) you receive a confirmation email, test reports are posted to your account within about 2 weeks and you will be sent an email notification. After being posted, hard copies of CAT results are also mailed. Stanford Online test scores are posted within about 2 business days after test completion.
If you do not receive your test results within 14 days, please contact us at your earliest convenience.
As of March 23, 2020 we are no longer offering Expedited Scoring until further notice. Yes. The IOWA Form E, CAT, and TerraNova tests are scored within 2 weeks of being processed after they arrive back at our offices, but if you need your test results faster, we do offer 1 business day expedited scoring for $25 per test. When you return your test materials, write “Expedited Scoring” on the outside of the package and include a note asking for expedited scoring and a check made out to Seton Testing Services for $25 per test. Once your test materials have been checked-in at our facility, we will score your test and post the results to your account within 1 business day. We can also fax or email the results to you at no additional fee.
Grading is done by the level of the test. Therefore, if two children are at different grade levels, you may receive the results at different times. If you have not received the results for all your children within one week of receiving one child’s results, contact us at our office.
Standardized tests are not pass/fail tests. They are meant to show proof of progress. The test results show how your student compares nationally to other students in the same grade level who took the same test at the same time of year (Fall, Midyear, or Spring) when the test was normed. Whether your student “passed” or not would depend on your local school district or state testing requirements. Reading this Explanation of Scoring Terms will help you understand the test report.
If a school is using a standardized test to determine whether a student passes or not, they usually only require a Composite Score or national percentile rank (NPR) of 23 or 24, and a national stanine (NS) of 4.