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Peabody Individual Achievement Testing
The Peabody is a standardized, nationally norm-referenced achievement test. It must be individually administered by a trained examiner, with assessment completed in the following content areas: Reading, Math, Spelling , Science, Social Studies and Humanities. The subtests and composite scores are calculated immediately- no waiting for results. The test is oral in format and almost conversational in tone. Testers strive to keep the test experience casual and unintimidating for your child. It takes 35-45 minutes to administer the test, but the exam is not timed. Testing is available year round and will assess K - 12 grade levels.
Each child is assessed using the material appropriate to their age and level of accomplishment, working toward higher material until they answer incorrectly a target number of consecutive items. This stopping point establishes their learning threshold, and errors in the critical range are subtracted from the peak score. This allows children to rise to their level of ability without restricting their test level to a grade-specific range.
How Does it Work?
Testing can be done at your home (depending on your location), a library, church or other location. Or with skype! Wherever you feel your child would be most comfortable. If I don't test in your area, I'm happy to get you the contact information of a tester who does. If testing at your home, it is typically done at the kitchen or dining room table and the house does not need to be perfectly quiet. The usual amount of household activity is normal for your child and not a distraction. You are welcome to sit with your child during the testing, but you may observe only. After the testing portion of the appt, we will go over your child's scores any questions you have. Your child does not need to be present for the scoring portion, if you'd prefer the child not know his/her exact scores. If you are having more than one child tested, I will meet with them each individually and do the scoring and discussion with you after all of the assessments are completed. Children typically find this test format enjoyable, but if your child has test anxiety, be assured I will do my best to put him/her at ease before we begin. Please feel free to ask within your homeschool group to find someone familiar with the Peabody Assessment who can share their experience with you.
How to Schedule
If you are interested in arranging an appt for testing, you can email me on the contact page of this website. I test Monday through Friday, mornings and afternoons. I am typically booked a month or 2 in advance. It is harder to get appts for Spring testing, as that's the busiest time of the year for me. I can usually add new families to my schedule July through January, no problem. If you prefer Feb through June, we can see what can be worked out. Skype testing is $45 per test. In person testing is $55.
Face to face testing is an option in the greater Rochester area and in SE MN communities as part of a testing cluster in the area. You're welcome to test in Rochester if you have connections in the area or would like to visit the city. Skype testing is an option from any location with wifi service!
If you're in the Morris, Alexandria, Sauk Centre or Willmar MN areas, I can connect you with a tester who comes to those communities each spring. I can also provide contact information for testers who work in the Great Twin Cities area.
Testing via video conferencing is here! If you have a high speed internet connection and a webcam (standard on most newer laptops), contact me about this convenient and mileage friendly option! With video conferencing, we can interact as though we are in the same room without the usual travel time. Testing fees for video conference testing are my lowest rate... saving you money and saving us both time and travel. This exciting option will make testing available all around the state (even nationwide!) without the logistics difficulties. Obviously, it's not for everyone, but let me know if this might be an option for you! I now do most of my testing this way.
Skype testing is very much like face to face testing. Each child takes a turn at the computer completing their testing session with me. Then I go over those scores with you and email you the full scoring sheet and testing notes at the conclusion of your session. You can pay your testing fee through a paypal account or mail your check in advance (I'll hold your check until your testing appt). Let me know if you have questions. It's really very user friendly. Most of my client families are choosing to skype test now.