Nationally Standardized Testing Requirement

Conventional Private Schools

In accordance with G.S. 115C-549, 550 and G.S. 115C-557, 558, each private school must administer a nationally standardized test or other nationally standardized equivalent measurement selected by the chief administrator to all students enrolled and regularly attending grades 3, 6, 9, and 11 each year. The nationally standardized test or other equivalent measurement selected by the chief administrator must measure achievement in the areas of English grammar, reading, spelling and mathematics in grades 3, 6, and 9, and must measure competencies in the verbal and quantative areas in grade 11. The test results must be kept on file at the private school for at least one year thereafter, and the test records must be made available at the principal office of the such for annual inspection upon request by a DNPE staff member.

Please remember that students receiving the NCSEAA Scholarships and Grants must be tested every year and there may be requirements to report aggregate scores for your school. Only certain companies can provide aggregate scoring.

Below are tests conventional private schools in North Carolina use most often; however, there are other tests which qualify which may not be on this list:


  • The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) does not meet requirements for achievement testing in North Carolina.
  • Neither the PSAT nor the PACT meet the subject requirements for testing in the required grades and should not be used for grades 3, 6, or 9. This test may be used for the 11th Grade Competency Test according to G.S. 115C-550

11th Grade Competency Requirements

Each private school should establish a minimum score on an achievement test to be administered on or before 11th grade which ensures students possess a minimum of skills for high school graduation. Educational best practices typically mean that this score be roughly equivalent to the National Percentile average score range for 8th/9th graders on a standardized achievement test.

This score should be published to inform students and parents well before the year of graduation. This scores should also be indicated on the annual report submitted to The Division of Non-Public Education.

§ 115C-550. High school competency testing.

To assure that all high school graduates possess those minimum skills and that knowledge thought necessary to function in society, each private church school or school of religious charter shall administer at least once in each school year, a nationally standardized test or other nationally standardized equivalent measure selected by the chief administrative officer of such school, to all students enrolled and regularly attending the eleventh grade. The nationally standardized test or other equivalent measurement selected must measure competencies in the verbal and quantitative areas. Each private church school or school of religious charter shall establish a minimum score which must be attained by a student on the selected test in order to be graduated from high school. For one year after the testing, all records shall be made available, subject to G.S. 115C-174.13, at the principal office of such school, at all reasonable times, for annual inspection by a duly authorized representative of the State of North Carolina. (1979, c. 505; 1981, c. 423, s. 1; 2004-199, s. 30(b).)

Nationally Standardized Achievement Test Vendors

Listed below are some sources from which you may purchase nationally standardized achievement testing services.

This list is provided solely for your convenience in satisfying the North Carolina General Statutes' testing requirement for non-public school students. The information below (along with related links from it) does not constitute a recommendation or an endorsement by the Division of any one of these vendors or their other related services over any others not so listed.

Each vendor on this list has been providing standardized test services to the North Carolina non-public school community for more than five years.

Test Vendor Address Phone Number Website / Email
ATC Educational Services

Angie Cutlip
3700 Valley Pine Court
Wendell, NC 27591

Beverly Hardister
7740 Orchard Park Circle
Harrisburg, NC 28075

Allison Olds
4408 Woodcroft Ct
Wilmington, NC 28405

(Wendell location)

704 454-3140
(Charlotte location)

(Wilmington location)
Academic Success Testing Service 1130 Ashleybrook Plaza Ln.
Winston Salem, NC 27103
336-239-5529 Email:
American Association of Christian Schools

602 Belvoir Avenue East Ridge, TN 37412




Bayside School Services PO Box 250
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Bindrim Testing & Educational Services

1063 Carriage Trail
Rocky Mount, NC 27804

Bob Jones University Press BJU Press Customer Service
1700 Wade Hampton Blvd.
Greenville, SC 29614-0062
(for questions)
M-F 8am-5pm EDT

Brewer Testing Services 2853 Davis Road
East Bend, NC 27018

Test Questions:

Order/Grading Status Questions:

Covenant Education Services 1213 Queen Anne Road
Wilson, NC 27896


Foundations Educational Services LLC

2101 Piney Grove Wilbon Road
Holly Springs, NC 27540

Teaching Achieving Students Inc.

10237 Garrett Grigg Road
Charlotte, NC 282621 


The Cardinal Center for Behavior Analysis
(Special Needs Testing)

Sara Moser
Licensed Special Education Teacher.




The Cardinal Center provides four different
test for students with Special Needs.

  1. Vineland-3
  2. VB-MAPP
  3. ABLLS
  4. AFLS
Hewitt Educational Resources 2103 Main Street
Washougal, WA 98671

Homeschool Testing Services,
a service of Classical Conversations, Inc.

255 Grant St.
West End, NC 27376

910-673-0100 x1


Lighthouse Educational Services 1509 Beckworth Court
Garner, NC 27529


Professional Teaching & Testing

Penny M. Smelcer
1107 Fallen Oak Drive
Apex, NC 27502



Piedmont Education Services 1629 Turfwood Drive
Pfafftown, NC 27040
Seton Testing Service

1350 Progress Drive
Front Royal, VA 22630

800-542-1066 X200

FAX: 888-282-7806


Smoky Mountain Academic Resources
and Training (S.M.A.R.T.)


Western NC (WNC)


Hickory, Murphy



Glenna Toney
SMART Office
10 Rosscraggon Dr.
Asheville, NC

Renee Smith
3 Keel Street
Unit #5
Wrightsville Beach, NC

Asheville/WNC location
(828) 775-7949


Wilmington location
(804) 389-0076

Southeast Educational Associates PO Box MM
Saltville, VA 24370

additional essay subtest is required to count these test.
The PSAT/PACT does not fufill the testing requirements.

Please register online.

SAT Home-School code 970000

ACT Home-School code 969-999


High Ground Solutions
2100 River Haven Dr., Ste 210
Birmingham, AL 35244


Triangle Education Assessments, LLC

5512 Merion Station Drive
Apex, NC 27539