Tips, encouragement, and practice for the big day

Preparing Your Child for the Test

The most important thing to remember about preparing your child for a test is to relax! Some homeschool parents feel that everything is riding on their evidence of progress, an most of the time, this isn’t the case. Below you’ll find resources to help you prepare your child.

Testing Tips

A list of tips for both the parent and the student to help you prepare for taking tests.

Administering Tests

Here are some important guidelines to follow when administering a test to your child. 

Sharpen Your Child’s Testing Skills

Learn some simple tips to help your child do his best when testing.

Gearing Up for Assessments

Is there a parent anywhere that approaches assessment time without the slightest trepidation? This article by Janice Campbell will help homeschool parents put testing in a proper perspective and understand how to both prepare and interpret the results.

Test Preparation & Review

A website offering free online practice tests.

Varsity Tutors

Varsity Tutors offers free practice test, flashcards, and classroom assessment resource.

Evaluation Tools

Essential Learning Objectives Quick Assessment

Are you considering home education, but you’re not sure where to begin with curriculum? Or are you taking your child out of school because he’s struggling academically, and you don’t know what level curriculum to purchase? Perhaps your child is advanced in one subject, but you think he may be behind in another subject–how can you find out?

If you want to know where to start with the basic-skill subjects, Essential Learning Objectives Quick Assessment can give you the information you need to start homeschooling at your child’s level of success. Read a review of this evaluation tool here.

Test Preparation Materials

Achieving Peak Performance

Why wait until testing day to find out if you have covered the right stuff? If you’d like to know how your child may score on a standardized achievement test, Achieving Peak Performance is a great resource. It can help both you and your student be ready and confident on testing day! Read a review of this test-preparation resource.

Scoring High

Scoring High comes in a variety of versions designed specifically for different tests, including for the CAT, ITBS, and SAT.


250 Old Wilson Bridge Road, Suite 310
Worthington, OH 43085

Triangle Education Assessments

Apex, NC 27502

Test for Success

Can use to prepare for any test; designed to teach testing strategies and reasoning skills. Available for grades K-8.

Bob Jones University Press

Greenville, SC 29614
Cost: $31

Triangle Education Assessments

Apex, NC 27502
Cost: $30

Practice Tests

Previews or practice tests are also available for many tests. These tests, unlike other test preparation materials, focus mainly on introducing a particular test’s format rather than on general strategies/content. They are not complete tests, but rather provide samples of the type/format of questions on the test. Many places that sell the test will also sell a preview or practice test.