Preparing for a Test

Preparing for an Admission test

You want your child to approach an upcoming assessment with confidence. While all our tests are designed to be intuitive and age or grade-appropriate, we encourage you and your child to review our What to Expect guides to help you both feel comfortable on test day. These guides provide a general introduction, sample questions, helpful tips, and answers to frequently asked questions. 


Download What to Expect on ECAA PDF - for entrance PreK - Grade 4 in the NY Metro Area

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

Access online interactive What to Expect On The ISEE materials - For entrance to Grades 2, 3, and 4 (Primary level)

Download What to Expect on the ISEE - PDF for entrance to Grades 5 and 6 (Lower level)

Download What to Expect on ISEE PDF - for entrance to Grades 7 and 8 (middle level) 

Download What to Expect on the ISEE - PDF for entrance to Grades 9-12 (Upper level)


Students and parents can access an online interactive practice ISEE to familiarize themselves with the format of the assessment. Hard copies of the What to Expect on the ISEE guide can be purchased by clicking here.


Testing at A Prometric Location

Students may take the ISEE at approved ERB member school test sites, Prometric locations worldwide, or at ERB’s New York City office. Quick registration is available online, as well as by mail. The ISEE team works directly with families to answer any questions about registration.


  • Prometric sites offer online administration and are available only for students entering grades 5-12.

Learn more about testing at Prometric.


Preparing for Achievement Assessment

ERB in-school assessments are designed to measure your child’s knowledge and abilities at his or her current stage of development. As achievement assessments provide the most useful results when students take them without any advanced preparation, ERB does not recommend test prep outside of normal classroom instruction. This ensures an accurate measurement of a student’s strengths and weaknesses in specific areas to guide next steps of academic instruction.




  • Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep.
  • Provide your child with a nourishing morning meal.
  • Please note: your school may provide a list of requirements for test day.

NOTE: Tutoring may be available through outside resources. Due to the purpose of achievement assessments, ERB does not promote the use of tutors.