Personalized Achievement Summary System
You may be concerned with the stresses involved in various testing programs and the destructive
labeling that sometimes follows. Yet you know that an evaluative tool is important in determining
whether your student is progressing and in judging what learning objectives still need to be met. For
the home-schooling parent there is an added area of concern. You sometimes question your ability to
teach your student or perhaps more accurately, to know whether your teaching methods are adequate to
meet his or her scholastic needs. Testing will identify strengths and weaknesses in your
student’s skills and can be a confidence booster for you and your student.
The PASS Test was developed specifically for home schoolers. It has certain similarities to other
achievement tests in that it measures student achievement in the subjects of reading, language, and
mathematics. But it has important differences:
- It was designed for parents to administer at home. This can greatly reduce
the stress level of testing. We do not require that a certified teacher
- It is untimed, which helps students relax.
- It consists of many test levels instead of one per grade. As a result, students take a shorter
test and find most questions challenging but not frustrating. By contrast, tests for an entire
grade must cover a broad range of abilities and therefore many items are either too hard or too
easy. A brief placement test is included with the PASS to help choose a test level of appropriate
- While the PASS results show personal achievement and national percentile comparisons like other
tests, they also include home school percentiles and improvement suggestions for each subject.
- Because of the inherent stress of testing and our informal approach to teaching lower elementary
grades, the PASS test is only available for grades three through eight.
The states of Alaska, New York, North Carolina, Georgia, Hew Hampshire, and Washington have
officially approved the PASS Test for purposes of state reporting. In these states and others which
require testing, you should check with your local school district to make sure it meets their
The most accurate measure of academic growth is achieved by testing both at the beginning of your
school year, and then again at the end. PASS Tests can be ordered at any time during the year, but
they must be at least six months apart. We request you administer the test and return it within four
weeks. Once the test has been returned, we will score it and send you a detailed analysis of the
student’s performance typically within two weeks.
You must be the student’s parent or guardian to order the PASS test online. If you are a third
party such as a grandparent, teacher, or coordinator of group testing, please contact our office and
we will be happy to take your order.
The price of each student’s PASS test including U.S. shipping is:
- $36.00 for one test
- $33.00 each for quantities of 2 to 9 tests
- $27.00 each for quantities of 10 to 19 tests
- $24.00 each for quantities of 20 or more tests