Testing Requirements

In North Carolina, an annual standardized test should be administered to all Homeschooled students from the age of  until their graduation from your Homeschool Program.

Those tests must measure achievement in the areas of :

  • English Grammar
  • Reading
  • Spelling
  • Mathematics

According to the HSLDA Website:

“Parents must administer an annual standardized test (§ 115C-564) any time during the school year which must be made available on request “for inspection” by the state. “For one year after the testing, all records shall be made available … at the principal office of such school, at all reasonable times, for annual inspection by a duly authorized representative of the State of North Carolina.” (§ 115C-549 or § 115C-557).

Although the Division of Nonpublic Education has attempted to perform home visits under this provision, the law gives its officials no right to enter homes or to inspect any records besides test scores. There is also no statutory requirement for parents to attend regional meetings arranged by the Division of Nonpublic Education for the purpose of reviewing their records. Copies of testing results can be simply mailed to the Division of Non-Public Education upon request. “


The NC Statutes that pertain to Homeschools can be read here:


Review the “Links” section of North Carolina’s Homeschool-ology website (Page one), you can find companies that provide testing materials that meet the standards of the NC statues.


Additional Testing Information Can be Found on our Website:

Forsyth County

 Wake County

Raleigh Testing

Woodcock-Johnson Testing- Sean Hill

PES Direct- Testing in the Piedmont 


15 comments on “Testing Requirements
  1. Lance Abbot says:

    Hi everyone. With our state requirement for achievement testing I am always searching for the best available option. I just used http://www.academicexcellence.com for the first time and it is by far the best I’ve found. I found a discount code too (FIRSTCAT) that made my test only $20. I’m really amazed that they’re offering it so inexpensively. It was so day to take that I think they could charge a lot more (but don’t tell them that!). I’m not sure how long that coupon code is good for, but their site says even if you buy now you have a year to use the test. Hope this helps!


  2. yve says:

    Hi what do I do if I missed the end of the year test this year? Will I get in a lot of trouble? How can I make this up?


    • Merit K says:

      Hi there- The NC laws require annual testing. It is my opinion that the law is saying you need to test within one year of your submission on the Notice of Intent to Homeschool. Many homeschoolers think they are late because they use the end of the school year as their testing date. It is fine to pick a testing date each year, but check the date on your NOI- you may not be late at all yet. If you are, just get the tests done quickly and keep the record available in case the NCDNPE wants to see that you have met the requirement. You can even take the tests online at Christian Liberty Press, who offers CAT tests. The tests results are quick (by email) and then you can move into your new school year without worry! The NCDNPE reps seem very considerate and understanding and I have never heard of anyone getting into “trouble” for getting overwhelmed and a little behind on yearly testing. I am pretty sure that they will be reasonable if for some reason they need to check your records and they see the date is off by a bit- but do go get them done ASAP so that you can meet the laws requirements and so that it is off your mind :)


  3. Audra Clyne says:

    I forgot to ask..what grades do homeschoolers in nc test at or is it all grades?


    • Merit K says:

      Hi Audra- Please just know that it will all be fine. NC Homeschoolers do need to test once a year. Use a nationally normed test. You can order standardized tests from several testing services (see our sidebar on this website under testing) including PES direct http://www.pesdirect.com/Products/CAT5.html (CAT5) or BJU http://www.bjupress.com/testing/. They will mail them right to your home. You can even get a test online at http://www.shopchristianliberty.com/testing-service/. Even though you may have missed last year’s testing, I am sure your kids will do fine. The NCDNPE website can be hard to read, but the employees are very understanding. If you are asked by them about your testing, you just need to explain your situation. Let me know if you have questions.


      • Audra Clyne says:

        Thank you for your advice and help. I was worried about missing that first test, especially since my son has been at college level since he was 13.. The schools refused to pass him up even though he completed all work for his grade, the grade above and the next grade. When they ran out of work to give him, they just let him read in class. He was apart of the talented and gifted program and was suppose to meet the president but I pulled him out of school since the school insisted on keeping him at the same level. He has since been given college course work from the college courses I take to keep him interested in school. He wants to attend college now but the college says he must be at least 16, which he will be in April. I have been worried out of my mind on making sure he stays ahead of the game since he refuses to do anything he finds to be remedial. Also, do you know how I go about getting him his license? How do I homeschool drivers ed and get him a permit?


      • Merit K says:

        Hi again Audra- Driver’s Ed question: contact your local public high school and have them direct you to whoever is in charge of their DE. Once he is signed up for their classes, they are really helpful in figuring out which steps to take and when. When you are ready to apply for your Driver’s Eligibility Certificate you will go here : http://www.ncdnpe.org/DECRequestForm.aspx – you need your homeschool ID# to get one sent to you.


    • Merit K says:

      Testing must be done annually for homeschoolers.


  4. Audra Clyne says:

    I didn’t know about the tests so missed lasts years and am late for this years.. I just started teaching next level up automatically. I did private testing with free eogs released online to make sure I was covering everything..once at the beginning, once in The middle and once at the end of ths school year to make sure they stayed on track. Where can I get home tests from? I need for 5th 6th 8th 9th to make up for last year and this year. I started homeschooling in January of last year so figured the school EOG counted but was told it does not even the they tested out of their grade level. I didn’t get a whole lot of help with being a first time homeschooler..everyone acted like it was a state secret and gave me vague advice or sent me to the god AWEFUL ncdnpe site which makes little to no sense to me. I. Dyslexic so I teach I a unique fashion. It affects comprehension when there is just to much information jammed I to tiny print. I prefer strait forward lists of what I need to do.


  5. Karen Dew says:

    I am confused about where to have my 6th grader tested so she can proceed to the 7th grade and will most likely be returning to public school in the fall. I need help!


    • Merit K says:

      Hi Karen- Your student can be tested anywhere, including in your own home for the end of her homeschool year. The tests home educators are required to give yearly are Standardized and Nationally Normed tests and are not a PASS/FAIL test such as the end of grade (EOG) testing in NC public schools. If you are planing on her returning to public school for 7th grade, you might want to consider having someone else test her, so that the schools may be more likely to put her back on grade level. They trust the “objectivity” of an outside testor more than they do the testing of a parent. You need to have the test done annually to fulfill the requirements of our state to homeschool, but remember, the public schools may require additional placement exams anyway. With all that in mind, if I were in your situation, I would look for an independent tester in my area for her year end test and choose one that the schools do use and trust such as the Woodcock-Johnson III. Depending on how friendly your school district is to home educators, you might be able to find out from them if they will accept your year end independant testing in lieu of other entrance exams for her 7th grade. I hope this gives you some guidance and help- I wish her well in her return to Public School this fall :)


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