Testing Time! 
Thinking about tests can be overwhelming for anyone! What tests to take? Where to take them? And how to prepare?  We hope that this newsletter will answer these questions for you! If you are looking for a tester, need more information about flex testing in our office, or have questions about testing requirements for a specific school, please let us know. We look forward to supporting you in this process! 
-Leigh Ann, Cathy, Mary, Hayley, and Lena


November 7, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Gum Springs Community Center
8100 Fordson Rd.
Alexandria, VA

November 13, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM 
The Chesapeake Center for ADHD, Learning and Behavioral Health
6430 Rockledge Drive #500
Bethesda, MD 20817

November 17, 2019
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Katzen Arts Center
American University @ Ward Circle
Massachusetts & Nebraska Avenue NW
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Have you considered applying to independent schools, but need more information on testing requirements? Yes, many independent schools require testing depending on the grade level of your child. In this newsletter, you will learn about the different testing options and how to register. 

Cognitive Testing (IQ or Ability)
  •  Who: Most students who are 2.6-7.7 years old applying to independent schools.
    • Also used to measure general intellectual functioning.
  • When and where: Scheduled by psychologists throughout the year. 
  • Who: For students who are 6-16.11 years old.
  • When and where: Scheduled by psychologists throughout the year. 
Achievement Testing
 (Academic Readiness)
  • Who: For individuals who are 4-50.11 years old.
  • When and Where: Scheduled by psychologists throughout the year.
Standardized Achievement Testing for Admissions, Grades 6th-12th
SSAT  (For more information about the SSAT, please read our SSAT newsletter ).
  • WhoMost students applying Grade 6 through PG, who are applying to independent schools.
  • When: 8 Saturday mornings during testing year (August 1-July 31).
    • Flex Test: Available on any date other than the Standard test dates.
    • We offer the flex test in our Old Town office! For more information, click here.
  • Where: To search for a Standard test location, click here.
    • Call us to learn more about the Flex test in our Old Town office!
  • Accommodations: Valid documentation is REQUIRED when requesting special accommodations, such as IEP, 504 Plan, or psychological evaluations or recommendations.
    • Testing accommodations must be approved prior to test registration!
    • To learn how to register for accommodations, click here.
  • For SSAT prep tutoring, there are many groups in the area that offer flexible
    tutoring packages.
    • You can visit the WISER website for a listing of test prep tutors or contact us directly for more information.
  • Who: Most students applying Grade 2 through Grade 12, who are applying to independent schools.
  • When: Students may register to take the ISEE one time in any or all of three testing seasons. 
    • The ISEE testing seasons are defined as Fall (August-November), Winter (December-March), and Spring/Summer (April-July).
  • Where: To search for a test location, click here.
  •  Accommodations: Students must have a diagnosed disability that necessitates accommodation(s).
    •  To learn how to register for accommodations, click here
What Else to Know
  • The SSAT can be taken up to eight times during the application school year. 
    • A student is also able to take ONE Flex Test per application year.
  • We offer the Flex Test at our office in a small group (four children or fewer) setting or on an individual basis.
    • In general, we usually suggest that a student consider sitting for the standard
      SSAT in October or November and then, if necessary, take the SSAT Flex Test. 
  • Individual ability and academic assessment tests can be given in conjunction with SSAT. 
    • If a child doesn't usually do well on standardized tests or if parents are interested in learning more about their child's learning style and abilities, the WISC and WIAT are a great option.
    • There are other ability and achievement assessments that parents can choose to use as well.
218 N. Lee Street, Suite 323
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-671-8316      Fax: 703-997-8438