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IOWA Tests Administration is available for students in Grades 4-12. All tests meet the annual North Carolina homeschool testing requirement.

IOWA Tests Form E is a Nationally Normed Standardized test that must be administered by someone with a Bachelor’s Degree. SMART Associates are available to help you by purchasing test materials and administering IOWA Tests to your students. (Costs of testing materials are included in our prices)


Tests are all given in person and students answer with paper and pencil (multiple choice questions), and must be sent off for scoring. Scores are often received back within 3-6 weeks.

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Test Date: May 3rd, 2024

Registration Deadline: April 3rd, 2024

Testing Location: Asheville, NC (Details to come)

Registration Limited

Text or e-mail Mary Oliver to Schedule or with Questions 828-508-8976

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SMART offers a Group Iowa Test Session in Asheville for students in 4th - 12th grade.

It will be a one-day testing format.

Appropriate breaks and lunch will be built into the schedule.

Date: May 3rd, 2024

Grades 4 - 8: 8 am to 4:30 pm

Grades 9 - 12: 8 am to 3 pm

Cost: $80 per student for Core Battery which meets state testing requirements.

$100 per student for Complete Battery, which adds Science, Social Studies, Maps and Diagrams, and Reference Materials.

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) may be added for an additional $55 when administered with the IOWA Core or Complete Battery. The Cognitive Abilities test is an accepted placement test entry into many programs, including early enrollment (as a rising 9th-10th grade student) in NC’s Career and College Promise Program.

IOWA Group Test sessions are pre-scheduled and open for registration. Registration is limited, so please register ASAP. Private Group IOWA Tests Sessions are also available upon request. Please contact Mary Oliver ( if you would like to schedule a group testing session for your Homeschool group or co-op. Individual administration of the IOWA test and the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is available upon request for an additional individual fee.

Scores will be sent to the parent/guardian by email only 4-6 weeks after the test date. Parents will receive a digital copy of the scores only and not a paper copy of the scores. 

Group testing sessions must consist of 8 or more students for the group pricing below.

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For interested Freshman and Sophomores wanting to enter the Community College, Career and College Promise Program; SMART Testing (, is providing an appropriate and accepted test to help you with the entrance process. In order to have your test results back when you are ready for placement into this program, it is important to plan ahead as you set up an appointment with SMART Testing. Plan on taking your test at least five weeks before the Community College program is scheduled to begin. The test (CogAT) usually takes around 2 & 1/2 hours and must be taken with the IOWA Core or Complete tests. Please use the contact information below for scheduling a time to test and test cost.

Contact Person:

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How to Prepare for an IOWA/CogAT Test Session

The IOWA test is a traditional nationally normed standardized test where students will read questions and answer multiple choice questions by bubbling in the correct answer on an answer sheet. The IOWA Core tests reading, written expression, and mathematics while the IOWA Complete adds science and social studies tests. The CogAT, which is a Cognitive Ability test, can be added to the IOWA tests. The CogAT is often used and accepted for placement into gifted programs or early enrollment (at 9th or 10th grade) into college programs like the NC Career and College Promise Program.

During all of these tests students should be aware that they are not allowed to write in the test books but will be provided scratch paper to work out problems or make notes as needed. All answers must be marked clearly on their answer sheet. Directions are given at the beginning of each subtest and students are expected to read and answer questions independently within the time given for each section.

Before taking the IOWA students should be prepared to:

  • Be able to sit and focus on the test for a 4-6 hour period with appropriate breaks provided between subtests. Subtests' time limits range from 15 minutes to 60 minutes depending on tests and grade levels.

  • Be able to keep a good pace to be able to finish each subtest within the time limit.

  • Be able to fill in the appropriate circle, neatly, on an answer sheet that will be later electronically scored.

  • Be able to track on their answer sheet to make sure they are filling in each question’s answer on the appropriate line.

  • Be able to remain quiet if they finish a subtest early while other students are working (if in a group session)

  • Be able to work through questions they know first, make educated guesses on problems or questions they do not know, and go back to work on more challenging questions after completing all the other questions of each subtest.

  • Be able to attempt to answer all questions. However, they should be encouraged that there will be a mix of easier and challenging questions so they likely will encounter questions they do not know.

We do not feel that a Practice test is always necessary. However, practice tests for the IOWA and CogAT tests are available for you to purchase. This may be helpful if your student is taking the IOWA and is hoping to achieve a desired score for placement into a particular program. Some resources that have practice tests available to purchase are listed below. These practice tests and resources could be a good way to practice pacing and good test taking strategies with your child.

Seton Testing IOWA Practice Test Kits IOWA Test Sample Questions (Provides some sample questions free) CogAT Practice test online

Test-Prep Online CogAT Sample Questions

TestingMom.Com CogAT Practice Test (Provides some sample questions free)

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