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.
Testing for Schools
Iowa Assessments are only available to campus-based schools that use the A.C.E. curriculum and have a Ministry Service Agreement. School administrators may download the Planning Guide for paper and online testing. If you are interested in obtaining a Ministry Service Agreement, please contact your Ministry Service Representative. If you don’t know your representative, you may contact A.C.E. School Services at 1-800-470-8991. For those schools with students enrolled in the Dual Enrollment program, testing is not provided by Lighthouse Christian Academy. Dual Enrollment Schools are responsible for providing their own testing.
Testing for Homeschool Families
Testing cannot be purchased by individual homeschool families. Students enrolled in Lighthouse Christian Academy, the distance education program of Accelerated Christian Education Ministries, will be offered these tests at no additional cost.