AABL Exam: An Introduction

As the head of test prep at Lil’ Eggheads, I make myself available as a resource to NYC parents overwhelmed by early elementary entrance exams. Truthfully, I find the Admission Assessment for Beginning Learning (AABL) to be one of the more difficult tests. It is administered on an iPad amongst a small group of children who are also taking the exam. Even though there is a proctor present as a guide, your child needs to be self-motivated with strong testing stamina. Testing conditions aside, parents are usually most taken aback by the fact that a child needs to have strong reasoning skills AND have an understanding of letter sounds and number sense.

I know what you’re thinking. “My kid can’t do that! How can anyone expect that of a 4-year-old?!” I agree that it’s a lot, but don’t count your child out just yet. As I always tell parents, “They might surprise you!” Our behavior-focused sessions are centered around building test-taking skills (attention & concentration training, the process of elimination, strategy building, etc.). By using the testing material while building these skills, you will see a noticeable change in their testing stamina and self-motivation in just a few weeks!

Keep reading to get a brief description of the AABL and how you can prepare with us!

What is it?

The  Admission Assessment for Beginning Learning (AABL) is a test administered on an iPad that measures reasoning skills and foundational knowledge in literacy & mathematics for children entering Pre-K through 1st grade. The two main sections include Reasoning and Achievement.  

Who can take it?

All children at least four years old at the time of testing are able to take the AABL to enter Pre-K through 1st grade.

Where do I sign up?

You can register for the test here: https://admission.erblearn.org/. Registration for the 2019 school year opens August 2018. Testing dates begin in November to be administered in an ERB testing center. The test is $65, but some schools can waive the fee for you if it’s a requirement in their application process.

What concepts are on the test?

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How can I prepare?

Sign up for an evaluation session so we can administer a full-length practice test. The results, as well as testing behavior, guide a tailor-made curriculum for your child. We look forward to teaming up with you!

You can also contact me directly to learn more about test prep programs: lizq@lileggheads.com.