My name is Shanna and my boys tested with Heather on Friday, February 26. I wanted to send you an email to let you know how wonderful our experience was. This is our first year homeschooling and we were looking for a test to fulfill the standardized testing requirement for homeschooling. Through a search on the SMART website, I was able to locate Heather. She was absolutely amazing. My youngest is six and left the test telling me how much fun he had. She made my son feel very comfortable and was very encouraging throughout. My oldest is in 7th grade and has taken many standardized tests through public school and by far, this was his best experience. After the test, Heather went above and beyond. She was very thorough in reviewing the test results for me. My oldest scored above average throughout the test, and Heather was eager to provide recommendations for how to move forward in providing more rigor in our upcoming school year. We opted for the oral language portion of the test for our youngest and the results validated some concerns that I had. Heather met my concerns with encouragement and provided solid strategies to help work with my son as we finish up this school year. She also helped identify his strengths as well. I left the testing session thankful that I had chosen this standardized test for my boys. I also left with confidence that I can use this data to enhance our homeschool in the upcoming school year. It truly was amazing to work with Heather. We are looking forward to testing with her in the future. - Shanna N.
Excellent, thanks very much! The entire testing experience was better than expected, and I really appreciate the remediation advice you provided! I feel like having these results and your advice at hand is going to steer me in the right direction for the coming school year. Time will tell :-)
Glenna, Thank you for all your help today. I appreciate all the work you put into all this information. I look forward to having L. tested again in the next year or 2 and seeing how he’s progressed. I’m also looking forward to having D. tested in a couple of years. He’s very much ahead for his age, so I’m excited to learn more about where he is exactly and how he learns more in detail.
I used Heather’s services for the Woodcock Johnson test for my special needs son and could not be more pleased! She was friendly, professional, helpful and made him as comfortable as possible through the process. The testing went great and she went above and beyond, taking the time to answer my many questions, and giving us resources and suggestions for fun ways to strengthen and focus on areas that needed it. I would definitely use her again and highly recommend her!! - Laura G.
“My son told me on the way home that he has been nervous for 3 weeks about the test. He said it was so laid back and she was so nice! Way better than those school tests.”- Angela C.
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“Megan was fabulous and helped answer all of our questions. She made my son feel right at home during his first homeschool testing session!”- Heidi C.
“Megan was so wonderful with my son and put him right at ease!! It was his first time and I know that how she interacted with him eased his worries. I appreciated all the information and helpful websites given and learned so much from this experience. I highly recommend Megan and will be using her again to test my kiddos.”- Bethany L.
“We highly recommend Megan! She knocked out all three of my school-aged kids in one day and made it so easy for me.”- Megan G.
Glenna is amazing. She has tested all 3 of my kids since they were old enough to test. They never worry about test day and look forward to seeing Glenna each year. Even after we moved out of NC, she has still tested my kids. She will make your children feel welcome and comfortable and make the testing day so much easier. I have always used the WoodcockJohnson and highly recommend it as well. - -Dara Reppe
Thank you so much, Mary! I appreciate you taking the time to work with Chance, giving him breaks, etc. This was extremely helpful!
I'm so glad that not only do I know where to start with homeschooling, but I now have inexpensive curriculum options that don't seem as overwhelming. I'm looking forward to seeing you next year. -Amanda A.
We really appreciate your time in working with N and reviewing the results with us. We also really appreciate your thoroughness as well as the recommendations you provided that will help N with his more challenging areas. This provided much needed piece of mind and clarity on where N is in his learning and academic journey. -Melissa D.
Thank you so much! She got in the car and said, "Can we come back here tomorrow?" She loved spending time with you. The information I received was very helpful. And thank you for the encouragement. I've passed the smarttesting info on to several of my friends, so hopefully they will contact you soon. -Whitney W.
Thank you so much for working with the kids last week. They both said it was "fun!" So amazing job there! I was not expecting that to be their feedback from the day! And I also really appreciate you taking the time to share the apps and programs that have been helpful in your own homeschooling experience. I am very grateful for your feedback, and for the fact that you made it such a nice day for the kids. See you next year if not before!
Thank you so much for helping us with our testing - at such short notice - late in the game! It really was a timely blessing to have your insight on the children. And it's been on my heart and mind ever since. We've started some of the tips you suggested and taken your insights to help navigate the rest. Thank you SO much.
This was our first year testing and we chose Smart testing after many high recommendations. Jennifer Baker exceeded our expectations. We had a family fun-filled evening after the test. I asked my son, “What was your favorite part of the day?” I was expecting him to say family time at Bo’s. He said, “The test with Ms. Jennifer, when can I do that again it was fun. “ I am thankful for the experience for him and the feedback that I received as well, we are both learning and growing each year. Thanks again!!
Tracie Miller Forrest
I just wanted to let you know, you were such a blessing to me today. I appreciate all your wisdom and advice. Understanding my son’s learning style and achievements has given me an abundance of hope and encouragement. It was so hard not to break down crying on you because you were honestly an answered prayer. It was just what I needed and perfect timing. Thank you again. - Stephanie K.
We loved our testing experience this year. We just finished our second year of homeschool and had a much better testing experience this year. We used a different group our first year for testing and were given very little feedback. Jennifer was so helpful. She gave thorough results for each kid and curriculum suggestions for the subjects they may need extra help with. Jennifer is wonderful! I would highly recommend Jennifer with SMART!! - Shauna Wyatt
Jennifer is a blessing to the students she tests and their families. We drive from Murphy, NC to Lenoir NC so that we can have her test our son. She is kind and patient, my son says. We think she is engaging to the family and she recommends further avenues of study for us as a family, to pursue, which are helpful and practical. Thank you, much, Jennifer, from the Brown family! - Deborah Brown
Your services have been invaluable to Madelyn’s education and to us as a homeschool family. It has helped us navigate the many resources and curriculum that are available to us. Knowing how Maddy learns also helped us make wise financial investments in her education. We cannot thank you enough!
With much appreciation, Tracey
Thank you so much for making this first experience with the Woodcock-Johnson such a positive one! Both kids seemed relaxed and admitted that they might prefer it to the usual paper test. I know that this is largely because you made it such an encouraging and relaxed atmosphere. Thank you! I will recommend you to others and use you again if we continue to do the Woodcock-Johnson in the future! - Kathy
I would like to comment about my child being tested today. I have always known my child walked to the beat of her own drummer. After almost a year in public school, I just knew something was also different about the way she learned things. I was told by numerous teachers, friends, and parents that the changes in education during COVID put so many children behind in learning. I was also told that my child's deficits also had to do with her age. In my gut, I knew there was something else going on. After having my child tested with Heather and Smarttesting I finally learned to listen to my gut. Heather made it so much more clear to me where my child needed help. She had so many suggestions that I know will be helpful. She took the dark cloud away that was over me and my child and brought the sun back. She has made everything so much clearer for me. I am so excited to now be able to help my child more in her learning journey because of the explanations given to me today through testing and explanations from Heather. I could go on and on but am trying not to be long-winded. Again, Thank you so much for helping me to see my child's learnings more clearly today. I was almost in tears from finally getting some clarity. - Anndrea C.
Good afternoon. We recently went to Heather for our end-of-year testing for the second year. Both times we have had a wonderful experience. My children felt comfortable and confident testing with her. I really appreciate how thorough she is when going over their results. She takes the time to make sure you understand the results, makes helpful curriculum suggestions, and shares her personal input on topics she is knowledgeable about. We will continue to go to her for testing each year. - Emma Efird
My family had a wonderful first experience with Smart Testing. Heather responded quickly to all of my emails and walked me through the process of setting up our testing day. Our in-person experience was even better. Heather is kind, helpful, and very knowledgeable. We are new to homeschooling and I felt welcomed and empowered by my experience with her. I look forward to my future experiences and I can tell Heather will be an invaluable resource on our homeschool journey. - Valerie
We just wanted to say thank you for making Winston’s first experience a pleasant one. You made him feel comfortable from beginning to end and supplied us with so many options we didn’t even realize we had. Winston left the testing site feeling confident about what his choices could be and how the test was broken down. We really appreciate everything you did for us today. Thanks so much!! - Hillary L.
I cannot thank you enough for all of this (and the numerous detailed reports)! I know that takes a lot of time away from your family and I appreciate your expertise, feedback, and resources more than you know! We ALL had a sigh of relief after that test! I’m anxious to look into these resources below and if I find anything else beneficial I will pass it onto you too! We will definitely keep in touch and look forward to testing again in the future! Have a wonderful summer! - Jessica H.
I wanted to share some amazing news we received this week. Glory to God (and my amazing son) Matthew was offered a full-ride academic scholarship. I'm completely in awe of this amazing opportunity and amazed and proud of all he's been able to accomplish. Out of 250 applicants, he was 1 of 15 who received the scholarship. I will always miss my home school days with my boys but am so very thankful and was honored and privileged to do so. I think of you fondly, I looked forward to our annual testing/meetings. You will never know how much you helped me you gave me the confidence to do another year, then another until it was time for their next chapter, high school. You gave me peace of mind that we were on the right track and doing well. I always took all your recommendations on what to focus on to heart and had the confidence to switch things up when needed. I can't thank you enough for all the time, care, and kindness you showed us. You're the best! - Tania
This is our first year of homeschooling and we were looking for a test that was comprehensive and child-friendly. We are so thankful we found Heather Ertzberger to administer the test for our two boys. Our youngest is six, and all he could talk about was how much fun he had "playing games" with Ms. Heather. My twelve-year-old absolutely enjoyed the format as well and had a wonderful experience. After testing, Heather went above and beyond to explain the results and help guide me with practical strategies as we prepare to navigate our second year of homeschooling. We couldn't have asked for a better experience and we are already planning to test with Heather again next school year. She is absolutely amazing! - Shanna Noel
This was our first year (2020-21) homeschooling our daughter, who is 8. She had a mix of teachers and programs and online options that we chose, and during the pandemic, we were pretty stressed out about how she would measure up later. We also worried that testing would be problematic because she had not had a standardized test since departing public school. The website for Smarttesting was easily accessible; the registration online was easy, and when we were not sure about how to pay the invoice Heather Ertzberger walked us through that (via text message no less!). She prepared a COVID-safe environment for the testing, gave us results, and called us to review them the same day, and now we feel very confident that our child is doing well according to the test, not just our hearts and minds. This is a testimonial for Ms. Ertzbeger’s work but also one for her enterprise. We plan to use the same service to retest this summer and again before the next school year to make decisions about the 2021-2022 school year. Our daughter enjoyed hearing about her test results in a gentle environment and is excited to keep learning. - Helen T.
Jennifer is very patient with the student and you can tell she cares about each and every student she tests. She wants them to succeed and excel in all areas. Thank you for always being so kind. - Kelly S.
Hi! I thought you’d like to know that I really do appreciate (& take!) your advice! I haven’t written you since E’s testing...but I wanted to thank you for the actual (practical) feedback that was SO much more helpful than what I received through my years of doing to Iowa or Stanford. I’m not knocking those tests. I just really liked this method. THANK YOU so much for your help! I’ll take any advice/tips/follow-up you ever want to offer. Take care, Glenna, & enjoy your summer!
This is Alicia K. you did testing for my daughter P. recently. I just wanted to write to you and say thank you. I have taken all your suggestions to help P. with her math and her spelling, and she is doing great. Today we finally got the pre-primer dolche word list completed without her missing any. She is doing really well at learning cursive and it is helping with her print writing as well. I was asked about our experience with you (from Dr. Love), I told him we had a great experience and would definitely recommend you to anyone and will be using you in the future.
She has improved in her math adding and subtracting up to ten and yesterday in 3 minutes got up to 42. She is so proud of herself for getting all her words right today and we are treating her to a special dinner tonight for all her hard work, then Monday we will start on the primer list and do the same as you suggested
I am sorry this is so long but I just wanted to thank you and let you know how well she is doing thanks to you and your suggestions.
Sincerely, Alicia K.
Glenna! It’s (testing) always a time I look forward to each year! Bless you, on all your journeys through the summer.....stay safe & thanks for taking such great care of our kids!! - Cathy Osmear
Glenna has done our testing for years!!! She does a wonderful job and we plan to stick with her. I am thankful for her flexibility, her gentleness, and my children trust her and look forward to their testing. They are no anxious or stressed about it at all! - Jonelle Davis
This was my daughter's first and my son's second time testing, and both of their first time testing with SMART. Jennifer was exceptional with both of them. Right from the start, she had them feeling at ease and eager to work with her. She was very thorough, even to include things about their personality that I hadn't picked up on, and gave me great suggestions on how best to work with them and their particular learning style. We have been implementing so many of her suggestions and recommendations that the last several weeks have been an absolute blessing with my children, leaving us with significantly less frustration and better relationships. My children left their testing with smiles, giggles and hope for our future in homeschooling. I can't begin to tell you what a blessing you have been to our family. Thank you so very much! - Sarah Wojcik
This post goes out to all the parents with kids in school. I have a contact based in Asheville, North Carolina that travels to test children. She provides huge insight in your child’s learning style, tests to their ability, not to their grade level, and you get a report moments after the test is taken. This test can be for public or homeschool children.
Do you have a student who is scoring differently than you think they should on their end of the grade tests? Do you have trouble teaching your kid the way you learned? Do you think you have a gifted child I need documentation for that? Check out the comment below and message me. I will hook you up with my testing lady. She’s rocked my world and can do the same for yours. - Emilie
Thank you, Glenna for spending time with us yesterday. I asked the kids when I got in the car, “Who enjoyed doing their test?” They all chimed in, “I did!”
Dear Glenna, Thanks you so much for your testing service. Last year was such a blur for our family. Using your testing service and your encouragement, gave me the boost we needed to keep homeschooling. Many blessings to you and your family.
Thank you so much, Jennifer! It's really great to see where I can make some changes to facilitate her growth and to see some of my initial reasons for choosing homeschooling after last school year validated! - Kristen
To all my friends with kids... public school, private school, or homeschooled.
Once a year we do a formal testing with a lady who offers one on one testing with children. This test is so insightful. I get to meet with the testing lady after the children are finished and she delivers me a comprehensive review of their skills, their abilities and their deficits. She also gives me insights into their learning styles. Which helps me select my teaching style for them, each individually. It’s been worth it every year and I’m honored to be one of her clients. I’m going to put her link in the first comment. Feel free to message me for more information. The testing lady comes from Asheville, to our hometown of Murphy. She also travels to Florida, the East coast of North Carolina and all around.
Our little one tested this year for the first time and was so excited that he earned a toy frog afterward. It’s nice to have good feelings about test day. Not to mention; I’m meeting North Carolina requirements for homeschooling.
This is a great test if you need help with an IEP in public school, more information for your gifted child, or are interested in gifted programs such as Duke TIP. - Emilie Gates, Murphy, NC
We have been using SMART testing since we began our homeschool journey. Glenna is so good with my kids. She keeps them calm and confident during testing and her suggestions for curriculum have been invaluable. I can't say enough good things about it!! - Debbie Fredell
Glenna was fantastic! I recommend her testing services to everyone. She put my son at ease for his first testing experience, provided high-quality service, and was a wealth of knowledge. She provided so many tips, recommendations, information, and practical advice - my consultation with her was priceless and unbelievably helpful. Bonus - she was such an encouragement to me and my son!
We used Jennifer Baker for the Woodcock-Johnson for end of year testing. It was a great experience. It was our daughter’s first time to be formally tested and Jennifer put her at ease. The feedback was thorough and I appreciate the time Jennifer took with me explaining results. Thank you! - Melody Jenkins
The info that you shared with me during Eli’s evaluation has had an enormous impact on his learning and on our relationship, btw. Thank you so so much! - Lorrie
I have enrolled C in the Duke TIP program. He will be taking the ACT in February. I have been able to focus my work with L better and have been able to meet her needs as a kinesthetic learner and that has lessened my frustration with teaching her. Your testing really made a difference in our day to day lives this year. - Rosemary