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Ordering Tests

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Who can order tests?

Parents or legal guardians of homeschooled children can order from FLO. On occasion, we work with small private schools or with homeschool support groups, as long as the order is accompanied by the parent/guardian’s written consent.

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What tests does FLO offer?

FLO offers the California Achievement Test, Fifth Edition (CAT/5 - 1992), the CAT Survey (CS – 1992), the TerraNova 1st Edition (T – 1996), the Basic Achievement Skills Inventory (BASI - 2002/2003), and the TerraNova, 2nd Edition (TN – 2005). These are standardized, nationally-normed tests. Please research specific state or local requirements to determine whether a particular test is acceptable, by visiting www.hslda.org. This information can also be found on the state education department website in some states.
Please see our Test Comparison Chart to compare the different tests we offer.

Timing: Tests are divided into sections that are timed. Higher grade levels need more time than the lower grades.

  • The CAT/5 requires from 1 hour and 28 minutes to 5 hours and 16 minutes depending on the grade level.
  • The CAT Survey takes roughly 2 hours and 30 minutes.
  • The TerraNova 1st Ed. requires from 3 hours and 30 minutes to 5 hours and 15 minutes depending on the grade level.
  • The TerraNova 2nd Ed. (CAT/6) require from 1 hour 30 minutes to 5 hours and 15 minutes depending on the grade level.
  • The BASI takes approximately 2 – 2 ½ hours to administer.

The testing process should be spread over a 2-3 day period and should include several brief breaks.

Subjects: The CAT/5 and CAT Survey cover Vocabulary, Spelling, Reading Comprehension, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. The CAT/5 and CAT Survey tests for Grades 4 – 12 also contain an optional section called Study Skills. The BASI covers Reading, Vocabulary, Spelling, Language Arts, and Math. The TerraNova 1st Edition and TerraNova 2nd Edition (CAT/6) cover Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Spelling.

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How much do the tests cost?

California Achievement Test, 5th Edition (CAT/5)$40
CAT Survey (CS)$40
Basic Achievement Skills Inventory (BASI)$40
TerraNova 1st Edition (T)$30
TerraNova 2nd Edition (TN)$43
The price includes Priority mail shipping to customer, please note that return postage is required.
FLO occasionally offers special periodic discounts. For current prices, visit our web site

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How can I place my order?

Online – use shopping cart at http://www.familylearning.org

Phone – 1-800-405-8378 or 509-467-2552

Mail – Send orders to:
Family Learning Organization
PO Box 1750
Mead WA 99021-1750

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Can I order in advance for a later ship date?

You may order in advance and request tests to be shipped at a later date. We especially recommend this if you wish to test from March through June, when certain tests might not be available for more than 2-5 weeks, due to high demand and short supply. We recommend that you place orders at least 4-6 weeks before the desired testing week. Billing information will be processed immediately in order to reserve the appropriate shipping date.

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What forms of payment does FLO accept?

Online or Phone: MasterCard, VISA, Discover

Mail: MasterCard, VISA, Discover, Check, Money Order

Note: Please mail orders to be paid by Check or Money Order rather than phoning them in. Processing will not begin until payment is received.

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How long will it take to receive my order?

During the busy testing season from March through June, processing times of 2-5 weeks are common. (Certain grades may be in high demand and short supply.) For this reason, we encourage parents to order in advance if testing during this time. Advance orders may be placed for shipment later, if desired. Place orders at least 4-6 weeks before the desired testing week. Billing information will be processed immediately in order to reserve the appropriate shipping date.

If testing in the fall or winter months, orders can usually be shipped within a few days or placed in advance for a later shipping date. Whenever possible, we recommend testing at a time other than our peak season. This allows us to give you prompt service and diminishes the chance for delays.

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What about group orders for families or other groups ordering together?

We try to accommodate group orders whenever possible. This is sometimes difficult to arrange during peak testing months – March through June. Please visit our Resources page and print off a Group Order From. All Group Orders must be received in writing. You can mail them to us or e-mail them to homeschool@familylearning.org. They cannot be placed by phone or on our website. For the 2017 testing season groups with 10+ students will receive a $3.00 discount per test.

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How can I check on an order I have placed?

For order status, call our office at 800-405-8378 or 509-467-2552. We update scoring status on the "Status" page of our web site on a regular basis. If the information is not available there, call our office at 800-405-8378 or 509-467-2552.

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PO Box 1750
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509-467-2552 or 800-405-8378
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