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August 14th, 2014
Preparing for the AABL ® Test
posted by Karen Quinn, The Testing Mom
The AABL® test, or Admissions Assessment for Beginner Learners®, is an early childhood test commonly given to children in pre-kindergarten through the first grade. Recently, it was announced that the AABL test will be used for admissions testing for NYC private schools. This test will take the test of the ERB test, which was discontinued by most NYC private schools within the last several years.
The AABL test is administered to children on an iPad and covers verbal and quantitative reasoning, early literacy, and math. The test has been in development since 2011, and was written by nationally recognized experts in the areas of gifted education, early childhood literacy and mathematics.
Even though the test is given to very young children – as young as 4 or 5 years old – it is important to prepare for the test given the high stakes that ride on a child’s score. Since the AABL test will be used for private school admissions, whether your child passes could determine whether they are able to make it into an elite private school in New York City or another jurisdiction.
TestingMom.com has hundreds of practice questions specifically devoted to preparing for the AABL test. It can also be helpful to purchase a practice workbook or work with games that cater to the skills tested on the AABL test. Since the test is given to very young children, it’s important to keep the test prep process light and fun, so as not to wear your child down or stress them out with intense drilling.
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