Iowa Assessments

Standardized tests help schools objectively assess students’ academic progress and potential from year to year. Accelerated Christian Education, through Houghton Mifflin Harcourt® (HMH®), offers one of the finest achievement and aptitude test combinations available.

The Iowa Assessments™ Form E Complete Battery (Iowa Complete) and the Cognitive Abilities Test™ (CogAT®) Form 7 measure how students are performing on nationwide standards. The Iowa Complete is a large-scale achievement test that assesses students’ skills in reading, language, mathematics, social studies, and science. The test measures both foundation skills and higher-order thinking skills. The CogAT evaluates the development of students’ reasoning abilities using verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal cognitive tasks. When the two are taken together, the scores are a valuable tool, relating a student’s actual achievement with his or her ability and providing a wealth of information to parents and school staff. The CogAT Form 7 is administered in Levels 2, 5, and 8.

The Iowa Assessments measure what a student knows and can do efficiently. Therefore, the subtests are timed. The times have been established to give a student sufficient time to answer the questions. All questions are in multiple-choice format. Staying within the timed guidelines will give a more accurate test result.

Iowa Assessments are only administered in campus-based schools that use A.C.E. curriculum and have a Ministry Service Agreement. The tests cannot be purchased by individual homeschool families. Students enrolled in Lighthouse Christian Academy, the distance education program of Accelerated Christian Education Ministries, will take these tests at no additional cost.