Three assessments were used this year, along with kindergarten interviews:
- The Thinking and Engagement Assessment, or the T&E – required by schools such as Dalton, Trinity, Nightingale, Sacred Heart, Collegiate, Chapin, Brearley, and other schools that are listed on the Parents League Blog along with details about the test.
Read my helpful tips on how to prepare your preschooler for the critical thinking and language skills on the T&E test.
- First Looks Insights or FLI – required by Horace Mann and Riverdale. The FLI assesses academic and cognitive skills. For the 2021-2022 admissions cycle, FLI subtests were more advanced than 2020-2021, assessing geometry, operations, number sense, patterns, concepts, various types of memory, letter-sound recognition, and rhyming.
- Fairchester Kindergarten Video Assessment is completed as part of the application for Brunswick School, Sacred Heart Greenwich, Greenwich Academy, Greenwich Country Day School, King School, Mead School, New Canaan Country School, Ridgefield Academy, Rye Country Day School, and The Unquowa School. For the Fairchester Assessment, parents take videos of their preschoolers drawing a detailed self-portrait, answering questions about a family photo or a favorite stuffed animal, playing with a family member or peer, demonstrating knowledge of the alphabet, colors, counting, addition, subtraction, copying shapes, and following directions with print concepts.
Your child can practice the skills assessed on these three measures and what’s required for kindergarten interviews to get ready for testing and interview season and a successful kindergarten year!
Get an early start for 2022-2023 NYC kindergarten admissions and check out my blogs about kindergarten preparation.
If you’re looking for guidance in helping your preschooler get ready for the kindergarten interviews and assessments, cooperate on Zoom, and improve general kindergarten readiness, please contact Stephanie Sigal, M.A. CCC-SLP, speech and language therapist at email@example.com. Stephanie works with children in their homes on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and over Zoom.