Homeschool Testing

MSTP Can Help You Meet the MN Homeschool Testing Requirement


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 this requirement. 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.


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.

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 - Receive and Administer the Assessment

Tests are shipped three weeks in advance of your planned test date.

Learn more about Recommended Testing Dates and Testing Durations


Step 4 - Return your Assessment

Tests will not be scored unless all materials have been returned. Return materials to MSTP 879 29th Avenue SE #103 Minneapolis, MN 55414

(test booklet, answer sheet, directions for administration, proctor qualification form if applicable)

Important: When returning materials to MSTP, use the correct postage. The post office does not deliver mail with insufficient postage.


Step 5 - Receive Results

Results take 1-2 weeks from the date the test materials are received.

The reports will be mailed or emailed to the parent/guardian as requested on the order form.

Important: Keep a copy of the test results for your records. This will serve as proof of administration. If you would like to request a copy of past results from the Iowa Form E please contact MSTP@umn.edu.


Step 6 - Get Reimbursed

Some school districts will reimburse homeschool educators for the cost of their assessment.

Contact your superintendent's office to request reimbursement