How is the test administered?

AABL is delivered on an iPad either one-to-one or in small groups of children.  ERB recommends a 1:1 child/proctor ratio when administering to the youngest applicants, for entrance to PreK.  We recommend a 4:1 child/proctor ratio when administering to Kindergarten applicants, and no more than a 6:1 child/proctor ratio when administering to Grade 1 applicants.

Is the test timed?

The administration is untimed and may take approximately 30 to 40 minutes for the Kindergarten and Grade 1 applicants and approximately 40 to 50 minutes for your youngest applicants.

Where is it administered?

ERB can administer AABL in our NYC office, but we are looking for test sites around the United States.  If you would like your school to become an AABL test site, the test site application may be found here.

Is there a minimum age requirement to take AABL?

Yes. Applicants have to be a minimum of four years of age at the time of testing.

What constructs will be measured?

Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Early Literacy, and Mathematics.

What school readiness skills does Verbal Reasoning assess?

Verbal reasoning assesses children's understanding, reasoning, and problem-solving skills using concepts that are presented in pictures.  It does not require reading and is understandable to both readers and non-readers.


  • Verbal Analogies
  • Verbal Classification
  • Sentence Completion
  • Verbal Inference/Deductive Reasoning

What school readiness skills does Quantitative Reasoning assess?

This section assesses a student's ability to use numerical concepts and numbers to solve problems. Specifically, it does this by prompting the child to:


  • Recognize and apply addition, subtraction, or another numerical concept
  • Infer or deduce solutions to novel problems
  • Compare and contrast quantities
  • Identify shapes and patterns

What school readiness skills does the Early Literacy section assess?

Early Literacy assesses the foundational skills needed for reading: phonemic awareness, knowledge of phonics, and emerging reading skills.


It covers: 


  • Rhyming
  • Blending phonemes into words
  • Recognizing phonemes in isolation
  • Manipulating phonemes
  • Letter-sound knowledge
  • Decoding words
  • Word and sentence reading

What school readiness skills does the Mathematics section assess?

Mathematics assesses a child’s skill with numbers and operations, pre-algebraic concepts, geometry, and measurement.


It covers: 


  • Recognizing and naming numbers
  • Counting and skip counting 
  • Determining ordinal position 
  • Adding and subtracting
  • Identifying basic shapes
  • Recognizing common measurement tools

How will the test be scored?

ERB determines a raw score, based on correct answers. We then convert the raw score to a scaled score, ranging from 40 to 160, with a mean of 100. Scaled scores allow for comparisons across children taking different forms of the test. In addition to the scaled score for each test, we provide norms for each age category.

Will there be any on-site preparation for applicant test-takers?

Yes. Test administrators will review the directions with the child before beginning the test. This will ensure that each child receives on-site tutorials on how to respond to the three types of questions: multiple-choice, drag and drop, and touch. Families can go here to access free online guides and videos for each level, to help prepare for test day.

How much does it cost?

The cost is $65.00 per child, paid for by the parent as he or she signs up his or her child to take the AABL. Fee waivers will be provided as necessary. 

How do I learn more about using AABL at my school?

To learn about using AABL at your school or to obtain additional information, go here, or contact your ERB Consultant.