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Entrance To PreK, K, and Grade 1


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Introducing AABL (Admission Assessment for Beginning Learners): Lighting Your Child’s Pathway to Academic Success


Delivered on an iPad, AABL is a cutting-edge online, child-friendly assessment of an early learner's development in verbal and quantitative reasoning, early literacy, and mathematics for applicants for PreK through Grade 1 (ages 4 through 6).


What It Does: 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.


Why It Is Important: AABL 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.

Why It Works: The iPad interface uses vibrant graphics to present engaging activities that provide an enjoyable testing environment for your child.

How It Is Administered: Professionals administer the AABL through the iPad, but first give applicants a tutorial on how to use the iPad to respond to test items.


ERB encourages parents to download the What to Expect on AABL and the AABL Quick Facts guide to gain an understanding of the testing experience for their children. In addition to the What to Expect on AABL PDF there are videos available for parents and applicants to view for each level of AABL testing: PreK, Kindergarten, and Grade 1.    


icon_events.png  AABL Update for NYC

For New York City Applicants - Students applying to a school requiring AABL for admission in the 2018 school year, registration will open in late August.


AABL administrations will take place in the morning beginning in November. Please check with the school(s) to which you are applying to identify deadlines for applications and score reports.



What to Expect on AABL


What To Expect - PreK 

What To Expect - Kindergarten

What To Expect - Grade 1


You want your child to approach an upcoming assessment with confidence. While AABL is designed to be intuitive and age or grade-appropriate, we encourage you and your child to review both the video for the grade your child is entering and our What to Expect on AABL guide to help you both feel comfortable on test day.


Download What To Expect On AABL PDF - for entrance to PreK - Grade 1



icon_parent_report.png Accommodations

A child with a documented disability may be eligible for accommodations on AABL. The child must:


  • Have a physical, cognitive, or psychological disability that necessitates testing accommodations
  • Have complete and specific documentation that establishes a current need for the requested accommodations

When ERB has received your application, an email will be sent to confirm that the review/approval process has begun. If there is any problem with the application, the AABL reviewer will call or email you to resolve the issue. Once the review, test date, and location have been determined, a verification letter will be sent by email confirming the approved accommodations. This letter will serve as your entrance ticket to the testing session. The AABL accommodations form and supporting documentation must be received by ERB at least one week prior to the requested test date.


AABL Accomodations Request Form


Be sure to save this form to your computer before completing the fields. Information entered into the application while viewing it in a browser window cannot be saved. Right click on the form and select “Save as” to save the file, then open the saved file on your computer and complete the form.


For questions regarding accommodations on AABL - (800) 989-3721, ext. 2652, or aablreview@erblearn.org.





AABL Fee Schedule

Assessment Candidates for Grades Pricing
AABL PreK, K, and Grade 1 $65.00


Summary of Basic Services

Testing Fee $65.00

Registration is only available online


Change of Registration Fee $25.00

Registration for all AABL appointments will be considered closed two weeks prior to the test event (10 business days). Changes made on or within 10 days of the scheduled test date will incur a $25 service fee.


Refund Request Fee $25.00

If for some reason you will not be taking AABL after registering for it, you may receive a refund. Please call the operations office within 2 weeks of the scheduled test date for a refund. All refunds will have a $25.00 service fee deducted.


No Show Fee $65.00

Not arriving for a schedule appointment will result in full cost of the test.



Score Reports

You will receive your child's raw score, scaled score, percentile rank, stanine score for each section, his or her age group norms, and a list of all schools that you designated to receive reports. For information on how to interpret AABL score reports, please contact AABL-Ops@erblearn.org.