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

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

The Kindergarten ERB is Dead? Long Live the ?

Today Javier C Hernandez of The New York Times wrote what is sure to be the most hotly discussed  article of the fall:   Private Schools Are Expected to Drop a Dreaded Entrance Test Is the ERB indeed dead?  This is HUGE NEWS. Uncertainties abound: How many New York City private schools will actually drop the … Continue reading The Kindergarten ERB is Dead? Long Live the ?

The ERB Explains How to Prep for the ERB

The ERB's booklet, What to Expect on the ECAA, makes fascinating reading. In the booklet, the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) maps out explicitly what is on the WPPSI and WISC (confusingly, also known as the ECAA), revealing to parents the tests' content.  The company goes on to recommend preparation strategies, going so far as to … Continue reading The ERB Explains How to Prep for the ERB

Changes to the ERB (WPPSI IV) Test for Admission to NYC Private School Kindergarten and PreK

The ERB changed on April 1st.  If your child is applying to New York City private school kindergarten and to many prekindergartens, you will want to know what the ERB (also known as the WPPSI IV or the ECAA) looks like this year. How much did the ERB change?  Not much.   Two subtests, one verbal … Continue reading Changes to the ERB (WPPSI IV) Test for Admission to NYC Private School Kindergarten and PreK

The Kindergarten ERB is Changing April 1st

I've known for over a year that the ERB (WPPSI) is being revamped, but Pearson, the company that constructs the ERB test used for NYC private school admission, hasn't announced when. Finally, Jenny Anderson of the New York Times gives clarity to the issue:  New York City Schools Struggle to Separate Gifted from Merely Well-Prepared The … Continue reading The Kindergarten ERB is Changing April 1st