The ERB is Not an Exam

March 2, 2015


You’ve read that correctly. Contrary to popular belief, the ERB (Educational Records Bureau) is a global not-for-profit organization that provides admission and achievement testing for children in grades K-12. There are many tests that fall under the ERB umbrella, but there is no single test called the “ERB”. (Truth be told, the ERB was once considered to be a singular exam, but has since expanded into many different tests with different names!)

Here are some of the tests that are under the ERB umbrella, as found on, that Bright Kids offers test prep services for:

Admissions Tests

ECAA: The ECAA One-to-One (Early Childhood Admission Assessment) is a comprehensive admission assessment program developed as a way to obtain an accurate snapshot of young learners’ current developmental abilities. Administered by trained professionals, the ECAA is a child-friendly assessment administered by professionals trained in assessment, utilizing ERB adapted versions of the WPPSI-IV, WISC-IV, and a portion of the ERB developed CTP (Bright Kids offers test prep for the latter three).

AABL: 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 applicants in PreK, K, and Grade 1.

ISEE: (grade 2-12) 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 top-performing independent schools. The ISEE is used by consortia throughout the U.S. and internationally, and for the City of Boston’s Exam Schools. It is the most advanced admission test available for independent schools.

Achievement Tests

CTP (CTP-4): The Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP) is a rigorous assessment for high achieving students in areas such as reading, listening, vocabulary, writing,  and mathematics. Verbal and quantitative reasoning subtests are part of the CTP beginning in Grade 3. The CTP helps compare content specific, curriculum-based performance to the more conceptual knowledge base found in reasoning tests.




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