"ERBs" refer to the commonly used private school admissions and achievement tests created and administered by the Educational Records Bureau. The tests are formulated to measure reasoning ability and achievement skills, with the goal of tracking academic growth and matching students with schools that will benefit them most.
What does ERB stand for?
ERB stands for Educational Records Bureau. The Educational Records Bureau is a not-for-profit organization which provides assessment and instructional services for K-12 schools. The Educational Records Bureau (ERB) creates and administers a number of tests, which are commonly referred to as "ERBs."
What are the different ERB tests?
ERB tests fall into two distinct categories: admission and achievement. The admission tests span from pre-K through Grade 12, and include the Early Childhood Admission Assessment (ECAA), Admission Assessment for Beginning Learners (AABL), and the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). The ERB achievement tests also span the K-12 range, and include the Children's Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA), the Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP), and the Writing Assessment Program (WrAP).
Who takes ERB tests?
Students in independent (private) schools in the United States and other countries may take a selection of ERB tests throughout their school career to track their achievement at regular intervals. In addition to regularly administered achievement tests, students may also take appropriate admission tests, in order to gain admission to other private (independent) schools.
What is the ISEE?
Many private school students will take the ISEE at some point in their career, as they matriculate from one private school to another. The ISEE is the entrance exam accepted by the largest number of independent schools, and is administered at three different levels. Students entering Grades 5 and 6 complete the Lower level ISEE; students entering Grades 7 and 8 take the Middle level exam; and students entering Grades 9 through 12 complete the Upper level ISEE.
Each version of the ISEE consists of five sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Mathematics Achievement, and an Essay section. This test is used as a standardized benchmark when assessing new applicants to school.