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AABL: Admission Assessment for Beginning Learners

Entrance To PreK, K, and Grade 1


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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 7). Download our AABL Quickfacts Guide for an in-depth introduction to the assessment.




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.






Item Description Fee
Testing The testing fee for students taking AABL for entrance to PreK, Kindergarten, or Grade 1. $65.00
Rescheduling If you reschedule your assessment date, you will incur a rescheduling fee. $25.00

If you cancel your AABL registration, your original registration fee will be refunded less the cancellation fee. Please call AABL Operations at (877) 957-3222 to request your refund. 

No Show If you do not arrive for your scheduled test, you will not receive a refund.  No Refund

Refund Policy

If you cancel your AABL registration one day or more before the test date you will incur a cancellation fee. Please call AABL Operations at (877) 957-3222 to request your refund.

Fee Waivers

AABL fee waivers are available for families in need. For information about obtaining a fee waiver, please contact AABL Operations at (877) 957-3222 or aabl-ops@erblearn.org.



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 accommodations request, an email will be sent to confirm that the review and approval process has begun. If there is any problem with the application, the 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.



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Questions About Accommodations?







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 the What to Expect on AABL video for the grade your child is entering and our What to Expect on AABL guide to help you both feel comfortable on the testing day.


What To Expect On AABL - PDF Guide


What To Expect on AABL

Applying to PreK 

What To Expect on AABL

Applying to Kindergarten

What To Expect On AABL

Applying to Grade 1


On the test day, your child will encounter both easy and difficult items. The sample items presented in the What to Expect on AABL videos are specifically designed to allow your child to become familiar with challenging items as well as the AABL format. This early introduction to challenging items will prepare your child to navigate similarly difficult items on the date of the test.
When facing a challenging item, remind your child that it is okay if he or she isn't sure which response is correct. Encourage your child to try his or her best to respond, however, it is okay to take a guess or to skip an item. These exercises are designed to help build your child's confidence and alleviate any anxiety or frustration he or she might experience on test day.




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.