The Educational Records Bureau (ERB) provides admissions testing for independent schools in the New York City area. The following tests are offered by the ERB. Please check individual schools’ websites regarding admissions testing requirements.
ERB (Educational Records Bureau)
470 Park Avenue South
Second Floor South Tower (between 31st & 32nd Street)
New York, NY 10016
Admissions Assessment for Beginning Learners
PreK – Grade 1
The ERB has released a new assessment for applicants, PreK – 1st grade, the Admissions Assessment for Beginning Learners or AABL. The AABL will be administered via iPAD and the cost will be $65. The AABL will be administered at the ERB office in a small group setting.
Parents can register for the AABL test beginning on September 15, 2014 and testing begins October 15, 2014. For more information about AABL, please contact AABL@erblearn.org
The following schools require the AABL for kindergarten admission:Horace Mann
Riverdale Country SchoolECAA
Early Childhood Admissions Assessment
Pre-K – Grade 4
Designed to measure the abilities of children, the ECAA is for students applying to Pre-K through Grade 4. The ECAA is administered individually and yields information about a student’s current level of development.
*After much consideration, ISAAGNY (Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York) has recommended that member schools no longer require the ECAA (commonly referred to as the ERB) test as part of the kindergarten and first grade application process for 2015.
The Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE)
Grades 5 – 12
The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) is an admission test developed by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB). The ISEE consists of five sections at three levels designed to measure the verbal and quantitative reasoning and achievement of students in grades 4 – 11 seeking admission to grades 5 -12 in independent schools. Students seeking admission to grades 5 or 6 take the Lower Level; students seeking admission to grades 7 or 8 take the Middle Level; and students seeking admission to grades 9 -12 take the Upper Level.
Grades 3 - 11
The SSAT is an admission test designed to measure a student’s readiness for a school program, To learn more about the test and to register, please visit www.ssat.org