Independent School Admissions Testing 

Admissions testing is conducted for placement in private or independent schools as a required portion of the application process.

These evaluations consist primarily of cognitive testing, though occasionally schools also request tests of academic skills.

Admissions testing assesses areas of cognitive ability, including:

  • verbal skills
  • visual-spatial perception
  • problem-solving and logic
  • memory
  • efficiency or speed of mental processing

If required, academic areas assessed include reading, writing, mathematics, and oral language skills.

I strive to make the experience fun and to provide a warm environment that allows the child to demonstrate their strengths.

Admissions testing usually occurs in one session of 1–2 hours, in which the child participates in game-like thinking activities from tests such as the WPPSI-IV, the WISC-V, the RIAS, and the WIAT-4 (if indicated).

Your child’s performance will be compared to a sample of other children at his or her age, and scores will be derived that summarize his or her abilities across cognitive domains. I will provide a report to parents and/or schools, at no additional fee, within two weeks of testing, though I am often able to expedite if needed.

In general, testing should be scheduled as soon as possible to ensure that testing is completed and the final report arrives at the school before admissions deadlines. Parents can choose whether they wish to have a feedback session, in which I explain the results in detail, though the report itself is often sufficient.

Insurance companies are not likely to reimburse for this process. However, fees for this testing are competitive, ranging from $500–600 per test, depending on the age of the child and the nature of the testing required by the school.

Furthermore, while clients may apply to multiple different schools, only one report is required, which can be sent to all of them.

I can complete testing for any of the following independent and private schools in the Washington metro area, or any other independent schools to which you apply:


  • Alexandria Country Day School
  • Berthold Academy
  • Bethany Lutheran Preschool
  • Bishop Ireton
  • Bishop O’Connell
  • Browne Academy
  • Burgundy Farms Country Day School
  • Chesterbrook Academy
  • Commonwealth Academy
  • CommuniKids Preschool
  • Congressional School
  • Dolley Madison Preschool
  • Flint Hill School
  • Fusion Academy
  • Grace Episcopal School
  • Green Hedges School
  • GW Community School
  • Howard Gardner School
  • Kenwood School
  • Langley School
  • Loudoun School for Advanced Study
  • New School of Northern Virginia
  • Newton School
  • Northern Virginia Montessori School
  • Nysmith School
  • Phillips School
  • Pinecrest School
  • Potomac School
  • Rivendell School
  • River Farm Cooperative School
  • St. Ann’s Catholic School
  • St. Stephens and St. Agnes
  • The Auburn School
  • The Sycamore School
  • Aidan Montessori
  • Beauvoir
  • British School
  • Capitol Hill Day School
  • Edmund Burke School
  • Georgetown Day School
  • Lowell School
  • Maret School
  • National Cathedral School
  • National Child Research Center
  • National Presbyterian School
  • River School
  • Sheridan School
  • Sidwell Friends School
  • St. Alban’s
  • St. Anselm’s Abbey
  • St. Patrick’s Day School
  • The Field School
  • The Lab School
  • Washington International School
  • Auburn School
  • Bullis School
  • C.E.S. Jewish Day School
  • Concord Hill School
  • German School
  • Grace Episcopal
  • Green Acres School
  • Harbor School
  • Heights School
  • Holton Arms School
  • Ivymount School
  • Katherine Thomas School
  • Landon School
  • Maddux School
  • McLean School
  • Model Asperger Program
  • Norwood School
  • St. Andrews Episcopal School
  • The Diener School
  • The Nora School
  • Washington Episcopal School
  • Washington Waldorf
  • Woods Academy

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