Test and Test Prep

An Introduction to Standardized Testing

A standardized test is a test that is administered and scored in a consistent, or "standard“ manner. They are designed in such a way that the questions, conditions for administering, scoring procedures, and interpretations are consistent and are administered and scored in a predetermined, standard manner.

Two primary purposes of standardized testing are:

Admission Purposes

Standardized tests that are needed for admission to many schools in New York.

Diagnostic Purposes

Standardized evaluations conducted by a mental health professional to determine whether a child or youth has any deficits in their cognitive, emotional/personality, neurological, and academic achievement skills. 

Since the language of standardized testing can be baffling, we have created a glossary of terms.  Some parents have qualms about any standardized testing, while others take issue with testing young children.  Below you will find some of the pros and cons of this controversial subject, standardized testing.  We have also provided some tips on preparing your children, including those who are bilingual, for an upcoming standardized test.


Glossary of Terms