How can tests help me?

One of the main areas of doubt for home educating parents, is how their child/children are progressing in their learning compared to where they might be in school. Though we may know and have chosen a tailored approach to each child in terms of the work set or subjects studied, there is still a desire to know that we aren’t failing our children, and that they are actually doing fine.
It may be helpful to consider using the Richmond tests in such cases, and it can also help to pinpoint if there are any particular areas that may need a little more focus.

How do they work?

These are a series of tests which can help you to evaluate how your child/children are doing in several key areas of learning. The service is free to our members but for non-members we charge £20
The tests themselves could be considered a bit old-fashioned and pre-National Curriculum, but they do seem to suit home educated children very well. They can give a good indication of the kind of GCSE results the child might be expected to get. There is a different level for each Year Group from Y4 to Y9.

We send you the books, instructions and answer sheets and you carry out the tests at home. These are done over 4 sessions of approximately one and a half hours each on 4 different days.

Children of different ages can take them at the same sitting because the timing is the same whatever the level. On completion you post everything back to us and we mark and standardise the results, sending you a profile of how your child has done in each subject, compared with children the same age across the country.

What topics are covered?

There are 11 separate tests:

  • Vocabulary
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Spelling
  • Punctuation
  • Capital Letters and Usage
  • Graphs and Tables
  • Map Reading
  • Use of Reference Materials
  • Maths Concepts and Problem Solving

For more information, or to take advantage of this service, please use our contact page and send a message to us with the names and ages of the children that you would like booklets for.

Do remember that though these tests will give you a guide to how your child is doing in certain academic areas, these are not the sum total of any education! The attributes in the meme above are also wonderful qualities produced through an education that fits a child’s aptitude and ability. We are not the sum total of our test results!