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The Early Childhood Admissions Assessment (ECAA) is an assessment designed for students applying for admission to pre-K through fourth grade at an independent school. This test is administered by the Education Records Bureau and is considered an achievement test. The test is about 60-75 minutes long and varies for each student. The test is scored on a developmental scale and standardized using a national population. Through this scoring system, each student is compared to other students in the same age-range.


The Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) is an entrance exam used by many independent schools and magnet schools in the United States. Developed and administered by the Educational Records Bureau, the ISEE has four levels: the Primary level, for entrance to grades 2–4; Lower level, for entrance in grades 5–6; Middle level, for entrance in grades 7–8; Upper level, for entrance in grades 9–12. All levels consist of five sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Mathematics Achievement, and a 30-minute essay. 


The New York City Department of Education (DOE) administers the NYC Gifted and Talented Test to children between the ages of four and seven, entering grades K-3, to determine eligibility for a coveted seat in an NYC gifted and talented school or program. The Department of Education (DOE) utilizes two tests which make up the NYC Gifted and Talented Test: the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) and Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT). These assessments are widely used throughout the country to test for entry into gifted programs, as they are intended to provide a balanced, thorough, and unbiased insight into a child’s verbal and nonverbal intellectual abilities.