Test and Test Prep


This page will provide you with resources to navigate and understand more about standardized testing and its uses in New York City. 


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

Admission Testing

The following document contains an overview of information about different admission tests to find out information regarding:

  • Tests’ website
  • Test Dates
  • Scores
  • Available Samples
  • Costs
  • Registration information
  • Accommodation
Lists of Different Admission Tests


What test does my child have to take? 

Specialized Public High Schools

  • SHSAT (Grades 8 or 9)

Catholic High Schools

  • TACHS (Grade 8)

Boarding Schools

  • SSAT (Grades 3-11)

Public – Hunter Elementary School

  • modified version of Stanford-Binet (K)

Gifted and Talented/Elementary Schools

OLSAT and NNAT2 (PreK-2)

Independent Schools (dependent on grade level)

 ECAA (PreK-4)  ISEE (Grades 2-12)
SSAT (Grades 3-11) 


Test Preparation

Test preparation can be an important part of admission testing depending on your child’s grade. This section will help you decide on what kind of test prep is more suitable for your child.

How can you help your child prepare for a test?

What to Consider When Thinking

About Test Prep

Test Timeline

Diagnostic Testing



Services Around New York City

Diagnostic Testing consists of different assessments & evaluations
 Psychological Evaluation
 Psycho-Educational Evaluation
  • IQ tests
  • Personality tests
  • Direct observation tests
  • Neuro-Psychological Evaluation
  • Infant and Preschool Assessment
  • Infant Ability
  • Preschool Intelligence
  • School Readiness

Information on the Different Kinds of Assessment


This document contains a list of places around New York City that offer services such as:

  • Diagnostic Testing  
  • Psychiatric Evaluations
  • Psycho-educational/Neuro-pscyhological Testing
  • IQ/Cognitive Testing  
  • Academic Achievement Testing  
  • Early Intervention (EI) Evaluations
  • Behavioral/Personality Testing

And much more…

Some Testing Services Around New York City



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