Tools to evaluate your religious education programs

What We Offer

NCEA IFG (Information for Growth) offers tools designed to assess the effectiveness of school and parish religious education programs over time. Offering both a student and an adult survey, IFG allows for data-driven decisions regarding student catechesis and adult faith formation.

NCEA: Information for Growth

Adult Faith Formation Survey

This religious education program tool is designed to assess and identify the on-going formation needs of adults.

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ACRE (Assessment of Child/Youth Religious Education)

Helping Catholic schools and parishes assess how well their religious education programs are forming committed Christian disciples.

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Online Assessments

Online assessments fit the needs of both modern learners and organizations,
here are a few of the reasons they prefer the online format.


Ease of Use

Assessments can be accessed any time, any place, and from any device. Virtually thousands of users can participate simultaneously.


Online Reporting

Users and administrators appreciate the rapid feedback provided through online reporting. This reporting tracks progress and identifies strengths, or weaknesses.


Saves Money and Trees

Save money by not printing paper assessments. Save even more by making quick updates and changes online; no outdated print materials.

Common Questions

Everything you need to know before you get started

Can I pay by Purchase Order?

Yes, when you check our you can pay by credit card or Purchase Order. If you choose PO, an invoice will be sent to you with instructions for payment.

Can I use my existing answer sheets?

No, this year we have new answer sheets that are unique to each level. You can get credit for existing answer sheets (Credit instructions). You can use the existing Test Booklets for each level.

Are my test books still current?

The current edition for the test booklets is the 2013 edition. Level 1 - Form 13, Level 2 – Form 23, Level 3 – Form 33.

Do I need a header sheet?

The old header sheet is not needed any longer, but please be sure to include the new cover sheet with your answer sheets.

Where do I send my finished Answer Sheets?

Send your answer sheets to: My Catholic Faith Technologies
12603 Hemlock Suite C, Overland Park, KS 66213
(Make sure to include a cover sheet)

I still have questions, how do I contact you?

You can email us at any time and we would be happy to help. You can also call us at: 1-800-707-NCEA (1-800-707-6232).

Online Registration Links

We provide a signup page that quickly gives access to the online assessments for students and adults. Click the appropriate button to start taking your survey. If you are taking the Adult Survey and you are logging back in to finish, click the blue LOGIN button at the top of the site.

NCEA: Information for Growth

Adult Faith Formation Survey

The Information for Growth (IFG) survey is designed to assist individuals in assessing their personal level of religious knowledge and spirituality. It also provides parishes, schools, diocesan offices, and adult faith formation program leaders with group data to use in planning ongoing faith formation initiatives. The 2006 Revised IFG bases its blueprint on the Six Dimensions of Adult Faith Formation Content as outlined in the U.S. Bishops' document, Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us: A Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation in the United States.

Online Assessment $6.00
Offline Test Booklet $2.00
Offline Answer Sheet $7.00

Adult Survey Instructions and Demo Code


NCEA IFG Adult Survey Assessments
NCEA: Information for Growth

ACRE (Assessment of Child/Youth Religious Education)

ACRE is designed to assist in the evaluation of catechetical/religious education programs in Catholic schools and parishes. As a multilevel, age appropriate tool, NCEA ACRE is used in grade 5 (Level 1); grades 8 or 9 (Level 2); and grades 11 or 12 (Level 3).

The NCEA IFG: ACRE edition is based on the Catholic Church’s expectations for an organic, systematic, and comprehensive education in Christian discipleship. Currently, it is the only tool that provides national scores for comparison and processes for tracking religious education program data over time.

Online Assessment $3.50
Offline Test Booklet $2.00
Offline Answer Sheet $4.00

ACRE Level 1 Instructions and Demo Code
ACRE Level 2 Instructions and Demo Code
ACRE Level 3 Instructions and Demo Code


NCEAIFG ACRE Assessments
NCEA: Information for Growth

Credit Instructions

To receive credit for existing answer sheets follow these instructions carefully: If you have ordered ACRE/IFG answer sheets in the past/have any left over from last year, please note that the old answer sheets are no longer compatible with the new ACRE/IFG scoring format. NCEA will accept any old ACRE/IFG answer sheets for a refund up to the amount that have been ordered from NCEA’s new partner My Catholic Faith Technologies. We will refund them at $3 per answer sheet and a .20 cent premium over the purchase price to cover the shipping costs to return them. This offer is only valid until 6/30/2019.

Please send answer sheets along with school contact information to:
National Catholic Educational Association
Attn: ACRE/IFG Answer Sheet Returns
1005 N. Glebe Road
Suite 525
Arlington, VA 22201

* Be sure to download the Credit Cover Sheet (PDF) and include it when sending answer sheets to NCEA.