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FAQs - Test Administrators

May testers administer achievement tests to their own children?

Approved testers may administer tests to their own children (or children related to them) as long as their state law permits it and there is no conflict with any other entity that may require test results for admission, award-granting, etc. In these cases it is the parents’ responsibility to ensure that they are following the guidelines required by their state or other entity.

See the question below for information about grouping options.

What grades (test levels) may be tested simultaneously?

IOWA (Spring Testing)*

  • K5–Grade 2 (Levels 5–8) must each be administered separately by grade and may not be grouped.
  • Grades 3–8 (Levels 9–14) may be administered together.†
  • Grades 9–12 (Levels 15–18) may be administered together.

†Please note that the Level 9 test contains two subtests, Word Analysis and Listening. These will need to be administed apart from the other levels.

Stanford (Spring Testing)*

  • K5–Grade 3 (SESAT2–Pri3) must each be administered separately by grade and may not be grouped.
  • Grades 4–6 (Int1–Int3) may be administered together with minor modifications.†
  • Grades 7–8 (Adv1–Adv2) may be administered together with minor modifications.†
  • Grades 9–12 (TASK1–TASK3) may be administered together.

*For fall testing, please refer to the test level rather than the grade level.

†Please note that the Listening subtest must be administered to each grade level separately.

What are the qualifications for becoming a test administrator?

Qualifications for Administering The Iowa Tests®

Testers must be pre-approved with us for this series by completing an online application and have/be one of the following . . .
  • A Bachelor of Arts or Science degree or
  • Teacher certification by a state department of education to teach in a public school (homeschool or local association certification does not qualify) or
  • A current (or former) full-time academic classroom teacher in a conventional school (not a homeschool)

If you have questions about your eligibility as a tester, please contact BJU Press Testing & Evaluation at 800.845.5731 or

Qualifications for administering the Stanford Achievement Test Series

Testers must meet the following criteria
  • Be listed with us as a pre-approved Stanford tester by completing an easy online application
  • Have a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree
  • View the BJU Press Stanford 10 Administrator Training video*
  • *Instead of viewing our video, you may have full-time teaching experience or current state certification in addition to standardized-testing experience.

If you have questions about your eligibility as a tester, please contact BJU Press Testing & Evaluation at 800.845.5731 or

What is the difference between a tester and a proctor?

Unapproved adults (proctors) may assist only in distributing pencils and scratch paper and during breaks but may not administer tests. Every individual who does ANY of the following must be a pre-approved tester:

  • Reads directions
  • Times the test
  • Is in any way solely responsible for the student(s) at any point during test administration

Every tester must also sign the Tester Sign-Off on the Student Roster to be returned with the completed tests.

What do the Public/Limited/Private address privacy settings mean?


This address is public and will be viewable in the Test Administrator Directory for those searching for a local test administrator in their area. Assigning the public status to one of your addresses is the best way to advertise your testing services to people in your area. Anyone who searches our online database for a tester in your general area will see your name and this address.


This address is not viewable in the Test Administrator Directory but can be used by those who wish to select you as their test administrator. Anyone who knows your tester account number will be able to ship tests to you at this address, but if someone searches our online database for a tester, this address will not appear.


This address is not visible to others. If you want to test for others, you must have at least one Limited or Public address so that others can ship materials to you.

How do I advertise my testing services?

If you want to advertise your testing services, (1) go to your Test Administrator Profile, (2) indicate that you are interested in administering tests for others (the first option in the Contact Preferences section), (3) list at least one contact method, (4) assign one “public” privacy setting to an address, and (5) designate which address you want to use for shipping.

What information do I fill out on the answer document?

See links to sample answer documents for the Stanford and ITBS®/ITED® achievement tests. The actual format may vary slightly for different test levels. The blue Checklist sent with the tests will also provide small images of these sample pages.

My child has special needs. What accommodations are available during testing?

Children with diagnosed disabilities may qualify for certain accommodations during testing. Generally, the child's IEP will list the appropriate modifications. For further details, consult this info from the publisher or contact us.

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