MSTP Can Help You Meet the MN Homeschool Testing Requirement
Minnesota homeschools are required to annually administer a nationally normed achievement test for each student age 7-17.
Only accredited homeschools are exempt from this requirement. A nationally normed achievement test compares students’ performance to other students in the same grade across the nation. MSTP offers two options that meet Minnesota's requirement, as well as additional assessments. Get started by choosing the assessment.
If you have not yet informed your district that you are homeschooling, please visit the Minnesota Department of Education website for more information. You must indicate your selected assessment on their intent to homeschool forms.
Step 1 - Choose your Assessment
Our office offers the Iowa Assessments and the Stanford Achievement Test Series.
Both assessments meet the Minnesota yearly testing requirement.
Note: The Stanford is available to Minnesota residents only.
We also offer a learning ability/learning style test (CogAT) and a career interest inventory (IDEAS).
Step 2 - Place your Order
When ordering by credit card, you will be redirected to a secure University payment portal. If ordering by check you will need to fill out a PDF order form. For group or district homeschool orders, please contact MSTP.
For paper tests please allow three weeks for your order to be processed and tests shipped. If you do not have access to a printer, please contact MSTP@umn.edu and we will mail you an order form.
Step 3 - Assessment Administration
Tests are administered according to the test and method you have chosen. CogAT administration details are the same as online Iowa.
Step 4 - Receive Results
Online results will be emailed within 1 week of completing the assessments.
Paper results will be sent within 2 weeks from the date MSTP receives all of your testing materials. Results will be sent by mail or email as requested on the order form.
Note: Beginning July 1, 2022, turnaround time for Stanford results will increase to 3-4 weeks. See FAQ for additional info