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Our mandatory admission assessments help Walden to build its community of learners and invite applicants to join the learning community that is right for them. The highly regarded ERB (Educational Records Bureau) assessments are designed for students applying to independent schools that require entrance exams for U.S. and international students. Designed by experts to measure both reasoning and achievement skills, these assessments have helped parents, students, and schools find the perfect match for decades.

 
 
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AABL: k-1st grade

Admission Assessment for Beginning Learners

AABL (Admission Assessment for Beginning Learners) assesses verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, early literacy, and mathematics. Child-friendly and easy-to-use, AABL is administered on an iPad making it an engaging activity for young applicants. Grounded in solid research and designed by early childhood experts, AABL helps you make informed admission and placement decisions for K-1st Grade applicants.

ASSESSMENT DATES
Starting in November, assessments will be administered every Friday at Walden. Schedule your AABL early because space is limited! Out-of-state applicants may take the assessment at an approved ERB member school test site. View the list of worldwide prometric locations and contact Admissions Director Johnpaul McLean to receive a fee waiver.

HOW TO REGISTER
In order to schedule an assessment, each student must complete the Walden School online application and pay the $60 application fee. This fee covers your student's Shadow Day and a portion of the AABL assessment. Upon submission of a complete application, an applicant may schedule their assessment via the Walden School admissions portal.*

*Note: Once you register through Walden's admissions portal, the admissions team will schedule your student's assessment with ERB; the assessment will be held at Walden School on the day and time you reserved.

 

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isee: 2nd-12th Grade

The ISEE is a standard assessment of skills for each applicant, ranking his or her reasoning and achievement skills among students in the same grade. It enables students to take a single, fair, and reliable test for entrance into Walden. The ISEE is available in both online and paper testing formats. Format availability varies by level and test location. Both modalities have the same number of questions, the same timing, and the same opportunity for students to change their answers within a test section.

LEVELS OF ASSESSMENT
The ISEE has four levels. All levels of the ISEE test include both reading and mathematics multiple-choice questions as well as a writing prompt. The number of questions and test timing vary by level. Click here to learn more about the ISEE levels and timing.

ASSESSMENT DATES
Starting in November, assessments will be administered every Friday at Walden. Schedule your ISEE early because space is limited! Out-of-state applicants may take the assessment at an approved ERB member school test site. View the list of worldwide prometric locations.

HOW TO REGISTER
In order to schedule an assessment, each student must complete the Walden School online application and pay the $60 application fee. This fee covers your student's Shadow Day and a portion of the ISEE assessment. Upon submission of a complete application, an applicant may schedule their assessment via the Walden School admissions portal.*

*Note: Once you register through Walden's admissions portal, the admissions team will schedule your student's assessment with ERB; the assessment will be held at Walden School on the day and time you reserved.

 

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Walden expectations

 

While we want to assure our families that Walden admissions takes into account an applicant's grade records, Shadow Day experience, behavior, etc. we use our assessments to have a well-defined and consistent baseline to review all prospective students. With that said, favorable assessment results will reflect scores of 5 stanine (a method of scaling test scores on a nine-point standard scale) and above. Click the links below to view sample assessment reports.