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Do I order the CAT for my child's current grade, or the one they are going into?

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I could swear it says to order the grade one is currently in or has just completed. I can't find that. Anyhow, that is what I ordered.


twinmamai01, I think I would contact them. I don't see why they would be tested on a grade they aren't yet in.


Some tests--and the CAT may be one of them--have two versions: one for the beginning of a school year, one for the end. The first is to determine placement, the second is to determine progress. :-)


My vote would be to order the grade level just completed.

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Hm! I actually tried the CAT online from Christian Liberty Press like a week ago and I'm certain they *do* say to order for the grade the child is going *into.* But after torturing my ds10 with a few sections and realizing it was WAAAAY harder than last year's paper CAT that I ordered from Seton, I decided to waste that 25 bucks and order the paper CAT from Seton again.


Sidenote (maybe?): I know that the CLP online CAT is the 1970 edition, whereas the paper CAT from SetonTesting.com is the CAT-E/survey edition. CLP did say that the 1970 version had a bit "higher standards" but I didn't think it would be THAT significant... Yowzer. A dramatic difference, I'd say.


Anyhoo, I don't want to confuse the issue, but these are definitely different editions, so maybe Ellie is right? I can't find on Seton's site where they say what grade level to order. Wish I knew for sure.


I am also sending results in to our school district this year (I'm in NY) so I don't want to have him take the whole test and find out it's the wrong grade level! grr I *think* ordered the grade my kids were in from Seton last year, but I'm not 100% positive. But last year I didn't have to turn it in so it didn't really matter...

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Ellie, do you or anyone else know what "survey" edition means? Does "CAT-E/survey" version indicate an end of the year test, or a placement test? I don't really know what the title means, lol.



A survey is not as comprehensive as a complete battery.


And I was wrong: it isn't only a placement test; it's also a beginning-of-the-year-so-we-have-something-to-compare-with-at-the-end-of-the-year test.

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