General Information

Program Features

The Early Childhood Admissions Assessment (ECAA) offers assessments for students applying to Pre-K through Grade 4.

Schools participating in the program consider testing to be only one aspect of the admissions process; considerable weight is also given to school records and personal interviews. Most parents interested in independent school admission for their son or daughter find it advisable to apply to more than one school.

Testing is solely for admission to participating schools. Students may not be tested for practice or for parents information only, and they may be tested only once during a given admission season.

Description of the Tests

The tests for Pre-K, K, and Grades 1 and 2 are administered individually and yield useful information about a student’s current level of development. The tests do not predict long-range school success.

The test is scored on a developmental scale, and standardized using a national population. Each child is compared with a child his or her age in the general population. Consequently, there is absolutely no advantage to waiting until a child is older inasmuch as the comparison is always with children of the same age. If you wait until your child is a few months older (and presumably wiser) so is any other child who has also made strides during this time. Remember, the older you are, the more that is expected!

The tests for Grades 3-4 yield useful information about a student’s current level of development. Students in Grades 3-4 take an individually administered test that is scored on a developmental scale using for comparison a nationally standardized population. A reading comprehension test is also administered in a small group setting.


Both ERB and the Participating Schools want young children to have a quality evaluation and a good testing experience. The best approach is to treat the testing process in a relatively relaxed manner. Educational Records Bureau makes a concerted effort to provide a friendly and comfortable testing environment.

Preparation for this test should include insuring that the child is well rested on the day of testing, and that ample time is allowed to arrive at the test on time.

Please visit the ECAA FAQs page for information on the ECAA Coaching Policy.


Testing at the ERB office:

If your child does not attend a participating school, you may register online here, or you can download the application form.

When you bring your child to ERB, he or she will be greeted and invited to accompany the examiner to a testing room while you remain in the waiting room. The test session is usually about sixty to seventy-five minutes long. The time varies; some children proceed slowly and like to chat, while others need a faster pace to sustain their interest.

In-School Testing:

If your child attends one of the participating Early Childhood Schools, the test is administered in the familiar atmosphere of the school. Your child’s school will explain the details of the process for his or her school, as procedures may vary from school to school.

Please check with your school director to see if the ECAA is offered onsite.

A child can only be scheduled for testing once an application has been received, so be sure to register your child’s as early as possible. The child’s school, in coordination with ERB, will choose a suitable day for testing.


Your report will be available online. If you registered by telephone or mail, please make sure you activated your online account after registration was completed. On average, test reports are mailed approximately 3-4 weeks from the date of the test. Remember to schedule your appointment as soon as possible, so that the test report may be received well in advance of school deadlines.

If you wish to add-on additional schools, please log into your ECAA account to do so.