How Many Times Can You Take the ISEE?

How many times can you take the ISEE when you are applying to NYC private middle and high school? The Educational Records Bureau, taking advantage of an easy source of additional revenue, has changed their testing rules so students applying to 5th - 12th grade can take the ISEE one to three times per admissions season. From … Continue reading How Many Times Can You Take the ISEE?

AABL Test Prep and KRT Test Prep Now Available for NYC Kindergarten

With the debut of the AABL test and the KRT test in 2014, NYC families applying for kindergarten are naturally seeking AABL test prep and KRT test prep for their preschoolers. Despite the claims from the test makers that the AABL and KRT tests are not preppable, as always, children who have been pre-exposed to … Continue reading AABL Test Prep and KRT Test Prep Now Available for NYC Kindergarten

AABL for NYC Private School Kindergarten Admission: How Did Kids Score?

AABL test scores, required for 2015 admission to NYC private school kindergarten at Horace Mann, Riverdale, Collegiate and Avenues, are coming in. NYC preschool directors and families are reporting AABL scores all over the map, with some surprised at children's doing poorly in specific AABL sections that they were thought to know well. Children receive … Continue reading AABL for NYC Private School Kindergarten Admission: How Did Kids Score?

Kindergarten Readiness Task (KRT): Now NYC Private School Kindergarten Applicants Can Be Testing Guinea Pigs

Introducing the KRT or "Kindergarten Readiness Task", the new iPad-administered test-in-development that will be given this fall to NYC private school kindergarten applicants at a number of Manhattan and Brooklyn schools. You've heard that NYC public school kids act as guinea pigs for testing companies; now private school kindergarten applicants will too! The 5-7 minute … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness Task (KRT): Now NYC Private School Kindergarten Applicants Can Be Testing Guinea Pigs

AABL / ERB: Smart Enough for NYC Private School Kindergarten?

AABL by the ERB:  Are You Smart Enough for NYC Private School Kindergarten?  Amy Zimmer of  DNAinfo New York wants to know in her brilliant piece:  QUIZ:  Are You Smart Enough to Get Into Private School Kindergarten? Taking linkbait to a whole new level, Zimmer asks you to try sample questions from BrightKids' prep materials … Continue reading AABL / ERB: Smart Enough for NYC Private School Kindergarten?

NYC Private School Kindergarten Admission 2014: Who Requires the ERB?

ISAAGNY, the Independent Schools Association of Greater New York, has published a chart for NYC private school kindergarten admissions, confusingly titled ISAAGNY ERB Chart. What ERB test are they talking about?  Is it the ECAA kindergarten test?  It seems so, because the columns are titled "ECAA".  ECAA stands for Early Childhood Admission Assessment (ECAA). What … Continue reading NYC Private School Kindergarten Admission 2014: Who Requires the ERB?

New NYC Private School Kindergarten ERB Test Announced for 2014-2015

Big news that the old NYC private school ERB--the WPPSI--is being replaced with a new ERB--the AABL (Admission Assessment for Beginning Learners) at Horace Mann and Riverdale.  As the summer approaches, we will see which other private schools will follow. From Horace Mann's site: Horace Mann School requires the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) Admission Assessment for … Continue reading New NYC Private School Kindergarten ERB Test Announced for 2014-2015

NYC Private School Kindergarten: Testing Changes–What You Need to Know

Many NYC private schools are announcing they will not accept ERB scores next year for kindergarten entry. Instead, they will step up in-school testing/interviewing, looking to evaluate students' readiness for kindergarten, both academically and socially. From one Manhattan girls' school:  Hewitt, as suggested by ISAAGNY, will not be requiring, or accepting, the ERB ECAA test … Continue reading NYC Private School Kindergarten: Testing Changes–What You Need to Know

Kindergarten ERB 2014-2015…Finally, the Decision for NYC Private School Admissions

Sophia Hollander of The Wall Street Journal broke the hotly anticipated news about what is going on with kindergarten testing since ISAAGNY announced last fall that they wanted to get rid of the ERB:  Decision Fragments New York City's Private-School Process To sum up:  The group's members can't make up their minds.  While the group studied multiple … Continue reading Kindergarten ERB 2014-2015…Finally, the Decision for NYC Private School Admissions

ERB Replacement Test for NYC Private School Kindergarten to Be Announced Late March

Diane Hess of Crain's New York breaks the need-to-know timing news that the private school organization ISAAGNY will announce a replacement test for the ERB in late March:  ERB Exam-prep firms cram for new test In her article, Hess recounts the dramatic birth and growth of NYC private school kindergarten ERB test prep.  Only five years … Continue reading ERB Replacement Test for NYC Private School Kindergarten to Be Announced Late March