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Home School Testing

MSTP provides testing materials for home school educators in Minnesota. The program’s services meet the State of Minnesota yearly requirement for nationally norm-referenced standardized achievement examinations for home schools.

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Home School Order Forms

Achievement Tests

The Iowa Assessments measure student achievement and growth across a continuum of next generation learning standards from Kindergarten through Grade 12. Iowa Assessments enable administrators and educators to monitor growth, indicate college and career readiness, and evaluate student mastery.

Find out more about the Iowa Tests with information containing testing purposes, types of scores, and score interpretation.

Abilities Tests

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Form 6 measures three cognitive domains — verbal, quantitative and nonverbal — for a comprehensive perspective on a student’s reasoning abilities. Students receive an ability profile that can be used to help teachers better meet the needs of individual students.

Career Interest Instruments

OMS offers three career interest instruments for home schools.

Interest Determination, Exploration and Assessment System (IDEAS) (Grades 7-12, adult):

The Interest Determination, Exploration and Assessment System (IDEAS) is a self-scoring inventory that helps introduce middle school, junior high, and high school students and adults to career options and the world of work. Brief and easy to score and interpret, IDEAS identifies interests that can affect educational and vocational planning and direction.

Career Assessment Inventory - (CAI) enhanced (Grades 10-12, adult; home schools only):

The 1986 Career Assessment Inventory (CAI) enhanced version provides scores on a broad range of occupational scales that encompass a wide spectrum of professional and vocational-technical careers. It covers careers that require little or no postsecondary education, some community college or technical college education, or graduate school education. Designed to represent a broad spectrum of careers, the CAI is well suited for high school and adult populations.

Campbell Interest & Skill Survey: (CISS) (Grade 12, adult):

The Campbell Interest and Skill Survey (CISS) combines an assessment of an individual's interest and self-reported skill. Generally, the CISS covers careers that require post-secondary education. Even though the items are written at the sixth grade level, the content of the interest and skill items is more appropriate for adults who have had some work-related experiences. However, there is sufficient item content to which high school seniors could relate, especially if they are considering post-secondary education and have some knowledge of the world of work, to make it a viable tool for high school counselors.


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