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Frequently Asked Questions

What is NCCA?
NCCA stands for New Covenant Christian Academy and is the educational branch of Basic Skills. Homeschooled students utilize the NCCA program to meet their educational needs through academic support, quarterly meetings with an advisor, achievement testing, transcripting and grade reports and other services.

What services do you provide?
In short, we provide:
Achievement Testing
On-Site Classes
Curriculum Consultations
Supervised Home Schooling
Help with Special Needs Students
Test Preparation Materials
Educational Advising
And much more! To find out more, browse through our website or call us at 503.650.5282.

Where is Basic Skills located?
Our office is in Oregon City. We travel all over Oregon and in parts of Washington testing in the spring time. 
Our office is located at 19146 S. Molalla Ave, Oregon City, OR 97045

How much does the Diploma Program cost?
The yearly tuition for the DP program is $378. Most clients will break this amount into 9 monthly payments of $42.00 starting in September and ending in May. There is also a $63 non-refundable application fee.

Can 7th and 8th graders be in the Diploma Program?
Yes! Students can enroll in the Diploma Program when they are in the 7th or 8th grade. Students in 7th and 8th grade can take classes that can be counted toward high school credit.

I have an 11th grader. Can I enroll him in the Diploma Program?
The 11th grade year is the last year we will accept students into the Diploma Program. To ensure credibility and accuracy of grades reported, we typically prefer to have a student enrolled in the Diploma Program for two full years before we would present a diploma.

My student attended a public or private high school before being home schooled. Will those courses show up on her transcript?
If you have school records and/or transcripts, we can incorporate those courses into the student's NCCA transcript. If the student has not attended public or private school but has done high school level course work, this can also be shown on a student's transcript if the work is accurately documented.

Will course work done through the NCCA Diploma Program be accepted at the college or high school level?
Basic Skills has been working with college bound students for many years, and we have never encountered an instance where the transcript, along with a ACT or SAT test, has not been accepted by a college.

High schools vary by district and even from school to school regarding what they will and will not accept. We suggest contacting the school counselor and discussing with them what they will and will not accept if you know that your student is planning to enter public school.

Is Basic Skills accredited?
We are not state or federally funded, nor is our diploma accredited or regulated by government standards. Taking this position ensures that the academic and religious freedom we and your children enjoy is not compromised. Our intent is to assist parents as they educate and train their students toward academic and vocational excellence, allowing the Bible to inform all subjects. We are pleased to note that students graduating from NCCA have been accepted at both public and private colleges and universities nationwide.

How much does tutoring cost per session?

Costs range from $35.00-$45.00 per hour and session frequency and lengths are specialized to the desire of the client. Billing is done on a monthly basis with refunding for sickness and prearranged absences only.

What subject areas are offered?

A wide variety of assistance in most subjects is available based upon the needs of the student. Single subject tutoring or home school management of all subjects is available.

What is the commitment and when is tutoring available?
Tutoring can be both short and long-term and is available Monday-Thursday by appointment. When you come in for your first appointment, we will discuss the best schedule for you and your student. We will then outline a contract stating the fees and meeting times. You will be billed according to this contract.

What happens if my student is sick or we have to miss an appointment?
We understand that illness and unexpected circumstances arise. We ask that you notify us at least 24 hours in advance if you need to cancel an appointment. In this case, your account will be credited for that missed appointment. If you do not notify us of a cancellation on your part, you will be billed.

What is the typical class size?
A typical class size is about 15 students. Some classes will fill and be closed at 25 students, but only a few classes will actually get this big. Due to the small class size and low student-to-teacher ratio, students benefit from more specific and individualized instruction.

What are classes at Basic Skills like?
Most classes at Basic Skills meet once or twice a week for about one and one-half to three and one-half hours. Students will complete homework and many tests at home. In class, they will receive instruction and feedback and participate in activities to increase learning. 

Teachers are eager to develop one-on-one relationships with their students. They encourage students to call or e-mail them at home if students have questions or comments.

What is a typical student who attends classes like? A typical student at Basic Skills attends 2-4 days a week for several classes, but also does some school at home or at another location, such as the local community college. A typical student probably spends about 2-3 hours a night doing homework and tests and consistently works at an average to above-average level.

Students are respectful of their elders and of other students, creative, energetic, and for the most part enjoy attending classes here.  

Who are the teachers?
The teachers at Basic Skills represent 50+ years of home schooling experience. All of our teachers have, in some way, been involved in home schooling. Some have taught their children at home, some have been home schooled, and all have worked with homeschoolers.

All of our teachers are committed to excellence in education. They love what they do and are qualified, either through formal education, life experience, or both.

At what grade levels are classes offered?
Classes meet Mondays through Friday and are available for grades 3-12. 

Is Basic Skills accredited?
We are not state or federally funded, nor is our diploma accredited or regulated by government standards. Taking this position ensures that the academic and religious freedom we and your children enjoy is not compromised. Our intent is to assist parents as they educate and train their students toward academic and vocational excellence, allowing the Bible to inform all subjects. We are pleased to note that students graduating from NCCA have been accepted at both public and private colleges and universities nationwide.


Which test do you administer? 
We provide the  CAT (California Achievement Test)/TerraNova 2 for grades K-12 in both group and private settings. This test is approved for home school families according to the Oregon Administration Rule, OAR 581-021-0026. The test lasts about two hours and consists of 80-87 questions broken into two sub-tests. Questions are multiple choice and students are provided with pencils and scratch paper. Calculators are allowed on one portion of the math test.  

When do I have to test? 
The Oregon State Law states that students who are home schooled must test for grades 3, 5, 8, and 10. We recommend that you test your students every year to get an accurate picture of their progress and to keep them familiar with the testing process. The law states that students in the required grades, mentioned above, must test by August 15th of that school year.

Do you send test results to the ESD for me? 
We do not send anything to the state regarding your student. We believe that it is your right, responsibility, and decision to provide information to the ESD. After your student has tested with Basic Skills, we will process the test results and create three copies of the test report. We send two of those reports to you, one for your own records and one for ESD, should they request results. The final copy we keep on file at our site until December 31 of the following year, for future reference or in the event that your results get lost.

I have a 12th Grader. Do I need to test? 
According to the Oregon law, home school students must be tested by the end of grades 3, 5, 8, and 10. After tenth grade, there are no testing requirements, not even for the CIM/CAM. Diplomas are not awarded to home school students by the state so whether or not your student has earned a diploma is left up to your discretion. We do, however, suggest that your student take either the GED, SAT or ACT. 

The GED will be required by most employers if your student is not college bound; they just want to make sure that they are hiring a person who has completed high school. The SAT or ACT are more for college bound students. Almost without fail the college your student is applying to will request these test scores. This is to assure that the student is working at the caliber they require, and is also quite helpful for getting scholarships. If your student knows where he/she wants to apply, we would suggest calling the office of admissions there and asking which test they would prefer, some lean more toward the ACT, some prefer the SAT.

Do you give the SAT or the GED testing? 
We do not. To find out how to sign up for these tests you can visit the following websites: 

I missed the group test that was in my area, and your site in Oregon City is too far away. Is there any other way I can still get tested without coming out to Oregon City? 
We have examiners in many cities and towns throughout Oregon and Southern Washington. These examiners often times will come to your house, administer a private test to your student and then send the results to us for processing. Fees vary for these private examiners. To find out if there is an examiner in your area, call our office.

I have had my student tested. How long before I get the results? 
For group tests we promise a two week turn-around time. That means that if you tested on June 15th, you should have the results by no later than June 29th. For private tests, you will receive the results about 20 minutes after that test has been completed.

I just received my results, and I have some questions. What should I do? 
First, please read through the Interpretive Guide that was included with your test results. This guide will answer many of the basic questions you may have. Secondly, read the rest of these "Frequently Asked Questions."

If you still have questions after reading the Interpretive Guide, please call Basic Skills (503.650.5282) if you would like someone to help you interpret your test scores.

I don't understand the national percentiles on the test report. What do they mean? 
The national percentiles are not a grading scale of your student's performance, they are a ranking scale. In other words, if your student received a 65% on his Reading Comprehension test, that does not mean that his grade would be a "D." It means that if there were exactly 100 students who took the Reading Comprehension test and then were placed in a line according to their scores (100 being the 1st place and 1 being the last place), your student would be in the 65th spot in line.

My student's score on one of the subtests was 20/20 but their national percentile was 98. Why didn't they get a 100?
Please read the question and answer above first to better understand this answer. Often times many students will score high on a particular test. This means that the highest national percentile rank goes down because students are essentially sharing the highest rank. For example, if four students score 20/20 on a test, those four student share the top spot in the national percentile so the highest percentile would be 96.

What is the Grade Equivalent and what does it tell me? 
The grade equivalent shows the theoretical grade and month in the school year for the student based on the norm level. It represents placement in the thirteen years of school, kindergarten through twelfth grade. So, for example, 4.6 means that your student, for that particular test subtest is working at the fourth year, sixth month. This score does not mean that a student has mastered all of the skills taught up to the grade level indicated. Grade equivalents are not intended to be used for placing students in grades.

What is the Performance Evaluation Report (PER)?
The Performance Evaluation Report is an additional report that will provide more information about your student's performance. The general test report will give you your student's raw score and national percentile for each of the sub-tests. The PER will tell you specifically which concepts were presented and which ones your student got correct and which ones your student missed. This report is $10.00 (when the Survey Only is taken) and can be ordered at the time of the test or after you receive test results. Please click here to view a sample of the Performance Evaluation Report.

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