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Some of the city’s most elite private schools will soon require 4-year-olds to take a new, harder admissions test given on an iPad and designed to assess math and literacy skills.

The educational services company ERB’s Admission Assessment for Beginning Learners (AABL) will be given for the first time in October and is a significant departure from the previous, IQ-like test most New York City private schools required for the past 45 years…

The coalition cited concerns that 4-year-olds were over-preparing for the old IQ exam.

“We’re looking at things like knowing letters, numbers and shapes, knowing letter sounds, recognizing rhymes, counting, adding, subtracting and more,” she said. “For example, if the question stated ‘What is a mouse?’ and the kid answered ‘animal,’ he or she would get 1 point. If the kid said ‘a gray animal that is small, has a tail and likes to eat cheese,’ the kid would get the full 2 points,” Doruk explained.

If a child just said “animal,” the tester would reply, “Tell me more,” giving the child another chance to earn the full 2 points, Doruk said.

This is a timed test. If you cannot read analog clocks, a digital timer will be provided to you. If you are not yet familiar with the concept of time, a slightly older four-year-old will show you how many minutes are left using the “THIS MANY fingers” method. If you do not yet have sufficiently developed motor skills to hold a pencil, your answers will be dictated. 


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A: I like flags
I don’t like flags
I don’t like this drawing; I want the book about the penguins. 


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A: I’m allowed to have drawings in my room
I don’t like that shape
I pick my own shoes
I have a dog only I’m not allowed

QUESTION 3: Compare and contrast the nature of homosocialism in Moby Dick and Richard Wright’s Native Son.

A: The red one
I have eaten the paper the test question is on.
I saw a kitty 
I would like to see a kitty

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A: It was only one dollar
My sister she went to camp and when I’m nine I’m allowed to go to camp it’s at the Y and she gets to climb a rope course and she has six friends and I have more friends than that and I’ll get friends at camp too
I can count to seven but I don’t have enough fingers
: I can count to seven and I do have enough fingers

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A: My nose is hurty but I can’t stop scratching
 Daddy is a man. Mommy is a person. Daddy is a flying away on business man. Mommy is a person.
Dogs don’t use money but I have I have a red truck in my house, I have a red truck I got last month

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