Elite NYC kindergarten admissions test is really hard

Elite NYC kindergarten admissions test is really hard

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A girl uses a tablet, which is how the admissions test is administered.

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by Lindsay Deutsch, USA TODAY

WVEC.com

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Sorry, you may not be smarter than a kindergartner.

Some of New York City's elite private schools are implementing a new admissions test — and the exam used to judge 4-year-olds is likely to stump many adults.

The Educational Records Bureau's Admission Assessment for Beginning Learners will be implemented for the first time in October at the prestigious Horace Mann School and Riverdale Country School in New York.

The test is given to rising kindergartners on an iPad and is designed to test "a child's development in verbal and quantitative reasoning, early literary and mathematics."

"AABL assesses constructs that are deeply grounded in theory and research to identify a child's ability and achievement levels," reads an explanation at the Horace Mann School.

It's a departure from the previous test, an ERB test that measured IQ (solely ability, rather than achievement), which had been the admission standard for 45 years.

Since it's administered via iPad rather than a test proctor, AABL testing is also significantly cheaper — $65, compared to $568.

DNAinfo has posted a sampling of text prep questions on its website. And full disclosure: This reporter would not have gotten into kindergarten.

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