PreK, Kindergarten, 1st Grade 

Starting in 2014, private schools no longer require the ERB.  Instead, they conduct more extensive on-site child assessment. The AABL, administered starting in 2014 at Horace Mann and Riverdale, was phased out by the ERB in 2020.

To learn more about preparation for kindergarten assessment, click here.

2nd – 4th Grades

The ERB for this grade level is called the ISEE Primary.  It is an academic-based test. This test was brought in in 2018.

5th Grade and Up

For admission into middle school and high school, the private schools require an achievement, academics-based test: the ERB, known at this level as the ISEE.

To complicate matters, most private schools now also accept another test, the SSAT, put out by a competing company.

The ISEE and SSAT are paper and pencil tests. Many students nowadays take the test twice. in 2020, because of COVID, testing companies brought the tests online, to be taken at home.

 I connect students to top tutors.  Plan for a November or December test date and contact me early to ensure adequate preparation and availability for your child at his or her best times:  info(at)