AABL® Test (Admissions Assessment for Beginning Learners®)

The AABL Test (Admissions Assessment for Beginning Learners) is an iPad-administered, child-friendly assessment of a child’s development in the areas of verbal and quantitative reasoning, early literacy and mathematics skills. It was developed for children, ages 4-6, in Pre-K, Kindergarten and Grade 1 by national experts in early childhood literacy, mathematics, and gifted and talented. AABL assesses constructs that are deeply grounded in theory and research to identify a child’s ability and achievement levels. The AABL has been in development since 2011 and has been extensively field-tested during that time.

AABL assesses a child’s verbal and quantitative reasoning, early literacy, and mathematics skills and compares them to other children taking the test at the same level throughout the United States. It is an important tool because it gives parents, teachers, and administrators the opportunity to learn what a child’s academic needs are and how best to address them.

The iPad interface uses vibrant graphics to present engaging activities that provide an enjoyable testing environment for your child. Professionals administer the AABL through the iPad, but first give applicants a tutorial on how to use the iPad to respond to test items.

AABL (Admission Assessment for Beginning Learners) was developed with the help of national and local experts in the field of early childhood development and gifted education. AABL is a child–friendly assessment that provides insight into a child’s ability in Reasoning and Achievement. It was designed to help schools assess a child’s strengths as compared to other children applying to the same grade. As with any assessment, a child’s AABL scores are only one piece of the overall admission process. A child can only take AABL once within a six-month period. If AABL is administered to a child twice over a six-month period, ERB does not report the results of the second test or refund the testing fee. All children must be a minimum of four years of age at the time of testing.

Skill Assessment

The AABL measures a child’s quantitative reasoning and mathematical skills. These skills include:

  • computational skills (counting, adding, subtracting)
  • higher order mathematical thinking (patterning, sequencing, ordering, classifying, comparing)
  • math reasoning (solving mathematical problems, understanding concepts of relativity, directionality, time, measurement)

The AABL also assesses student abilities in verbal reasoning. This is a child’s ability to tune in, understand, and reason using language they hear or pictures they see. As students get older, this would be their reasoning skills to solve problems or answer questions related to what they read.

Finally, the AABL Test assesses a child’s skills in the area of early literacy. This covers a myriad of individual abilities, including:

  • A good vocabulary
  • Ability to identify numbers, letters, shapes
  • Knowledge of letter sounds
  • Can recognize and use rhyme and alliteration (Peter Piper picked a peck…)
  • Can break words into syllables
  • Understands that words are made of discrete sounds and can work with these sounds (phonological awareness)
  • Has print awareness – knows books are read from left to right, top to bottom, squiggles on page represent letters that make sounds that combine to make words, etc.
  • Can retell a story that was read to him
  • Knows that stories have a beginning, middle and end
  • Can make up stories based on pictures in a book