Have you received your test results yet? Even if you’re still waiting for your child’s testing materials, there are a few things to know about the test results that will inevitably come. Last month, I covered a few test results terms; today, I’ll share some other things you should know before receiving your results.
Access to Test Results
The access you have to your test results will depend on which company you purchase your materials/scoring from. The BJU Press Testing & Evaluation Department provides electronic test results that are sent to whoever purchased the testing (usually the parent). As the purchaser, you have access to your digital test results at any time and don’t have to worry about losing a paper copy. So check with your test provider and see if they offer print or digital copies and if there are additional fees if you request a paper copy.
Availability of Consultations
Does the company providing your results include a consultation as part of your purchase? If not, check to see if your test administrator will provide a consultation at little to no extra charge. For example, both our Testing & Evaluation Department and our local Testing Center offer their customers test results consultations (via phone) for achievement and abilities testing. This allows parents to ask questions about their child’s test results and better understand them. If you think that you will need a consultation, make sure you know if that option is offered by your test provider.
Advice from Family Members or Friends
If you have relatives or friends who are educators or testers, they may be able to walk you through your results. It doesn’t hurt to ask. Just be sure to see if they will expect you to reimburse them for their time. Some may not ask for any compensation, but something small—say, a gift card to their favorite coffee shop—would be a nice gesture. Others may expect payment, especially if they have an established client-base that they provide consultations to.
Other Helpful Resources
- “Test scores are here! Now what?”—an article from our Testing & Evaluation Department
- Testing Solutions eNews archive—a collection of past articles and emails that have been sent to Testing Solutions subscribers from BJU Press
What other resources have you found helpful when looking at your child’s test results?