Oh my goodness, the Peabody test was wonderful. I can’t believe how easy and fun it was. Much, much better than the hours long Iowa test. The lady I found that uses Skype is really great. She made it so comfortable for my shy kids.
They tested high in reading and comprehension (yea books!!) and pretty much grade level in math, just like I thought. But one child did surprise me on her math and scored higher than expected. I am really excited to have found this. I definitely recommend it.
Thanks so much! I still need to make my appointment. About how long did the test take?
Can you share how much it costs?
HEre’s the link:
It’s $40 for the Skype testing.
It took close to half an hour for each child.
Yes, it was $40 for each child for doing it on Skype.
I live in MN and ours is $40 a child also. I will note that it can take as little or as long as the child continues to do well. My children will take about 45 to an hour for the older ones to do this test. Basically, which you probably know, they just keep going till they get a certain number wrong in a row. We do ours on Saturday, pray for my kiddo’s that they are focused and ready! MIsty
We live in TX, where testing is not mandatory. I was just curious, and testing might be something I’d be interested in some time in the future, just to see where we’re at. I assume you all are required to test?
Thanks for this info. I’m in FL and required to have a Portfolio Review or test each year. We’ve always opted for the review, but I’ve never heard of Peabody as there are no local testers for it. It’s cheaper than what I pay for the PR at $75/kid. Worth considering.
Wow, Christie….my homeschooling friends and I have paid in the range of $30-$50 per child (some evaluators offer a discount for larger families) for our portfolio reviews here in Ohio.
I have an interesting, praiseworthy story about that. Last August, I was getting nervous because we had to have our first portfolio reviews in a few years (since we had been enrolled in an online school until 2010-11), and my budget was so tight I nearly had to borrow the money to pay for the reviews. I asked around and was given the name and number of someone who usually charged $25 or $30 per child, with the suggestion that I mention my friend’s name to see if the teacher would offer me a discount. Turns out my friend had copied down the wrong phone number. I was confused upon hearing a different name on her voicemail but left a message anyway.
When the lady called me back, we both realized I had contacted the wrong person, but she graciously closed the phone call by saying, “Well, if you still need an evaluator, call me back. I charge $15 per child.” (Actually, if I recall correctly, she further discounted my second and third children’s portfolio reviews.) I ended up saying, “Oh….well, maybe I ought to just schedule it with you, then.” Praise God, I actually had the money for the reviews!
She was very nice and it all went very well. She told me that she only has one child left in high school and she offers her reviews at a steep discount mostly as a ministry to larger families. She has one mom who has 7 children and lives about 90 minutes away but whose sister lives nearby, so she just schedules a family visit to combine with the evaluation appointment and saves a lot of money on that!
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