FAQs

ECAA FAQs

For which grades is the ECAA available?

For entrance to PreK through Grade 4

Where does testing take place?

The ECAA is primarily administered at ERB's New York City office, or at an ERB approved ECAA One-to-One test site.  Parents may register a child through our secure ECAA One-to-One Registration Portal, or by calling (800) 989-3721, ext. 2601 or ext. 2602.

How do I receive student reports?

As an ERB member, you may gain access to a secure website on which to view student reports. Click here to securely access ECAA reports.

How soon after the student is tested will I receive a report?

Your school is able to view the reports electronically on ERB’s Admission Portal approximately 3-4 weeks from the date of assessment.  

What can I do to prepare my child?

Ensuring that your child is well rested on the day of the assessment, and that you arrive on time for the test, are good practices to help your child participate in the assessment to the best of his or her ability. 

 

You can begin to set the stage by explaining that he or she will do “special work” with someone who is eager to see what students his or her age are able to do. Do not promise “games“ because this will create unrealistic expectations. Let your child know that you will be in the waiting room with other parents while he or she completes the activities in a special room with someone who is like a teacher.  
 
Standard preparation and familiarity with certain skills will be more than sufficient to ensure that your child does well on the assessment. Puzzles, memory games, and other critical thinking skills should be developed at an appropriate pace; that is the kind of preparation that would be expected for a child of this age. Avoid excessive coaching or “drilling”. 

 

ERB provides the What to Expect on the ECAA guide for families to revew prior to test day.  To access this guide, click here.

 

 

ECAA Coaching Policy

Parents will now be asked to affirm that their child(ren) have not had prior exposure to the testing materials, and have not received coaching or tutoring from a third party.

 

“Prior exposure to test materials may invalidate results. I affirm that my child has not been coached or tutored (either through direct exposure or third party intervention) for this assessment, and understand that any suspicion of coaching or tutoring may result in language indicating such on my child’s score report. ERB reserves the right to make such a determination in it’s sole professional discretion.” 

 

For more information about the ECAA coaching policy please see the What to Expect on the ECAA guide.

 

What is “coaching” or third-party test-prep?

Coaching is the practice of “drilling” children in the concepts and skills measured by a specific admission test, whether an individual uses that exact test instrument or something similar. The purchase of third-party produced “workbooks” that claim to provide practice items similar to those featured in specific admission assessments may also be considered coaching, if it results in the over-preparation of skills needed to perform well on the assessment.

Why was this policy introduced?

Artificially inflating a child’s performance in order to gain admission to a school of choice is a short-term strategy that may result in long-term negative consequences. If children are placed in an educational program that is misaligned with their abilities, they may experience poor academic performance, frustration, reduced self-esteem, and difficulty connecting with their peers. 
 
In addition, excessive test preparation activities may cause unnecessary anxiety on test day, yielding poor test performance as a result. Thus, ERB has implemented this policy change at the request of member schools. 
 
Test preparation materials received from third parties should be critically considered relative to the source of supposed expertise regarding test content. Test preparation materials received from questionable sources may result in lowering overall performance based on incorrectly preparing for a specific concept or skill. 

What will happen if coaching has been identified during the testing session?

No single factor will determine evidence of coaching, but ERB will look at the totality of circumstances. If coaching has been suspected, our examiners are trained to follow a specific protocol of documentation. The test report will be reviewed by an expert committee for further investigation. If it is believed that coaching did take place, the parent will be contacted and given the opportunity to either withdraw from the testing process and not have the report sent to the schools, or have the test results sent out with a statement indicating such findings. Should the parent decide to withdraw from the process, the testing fee will not be refunded. Also, as a standard testing policy, students may not test more than once per admission season.

 

For additional questions about ECAA, please contact:

 

ECAA Operations

ecaaoperations@erblearn.org