Entrance tests and interviews take place on Brent’s campus, and are necessary to make grade placement and acceptance decisions. Every applicant is interviewed, and tests are given to students in Kindergarten and above.
Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten
Formal tests are not given to children applying to Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten.
The Director for Admissions, Guidance Counselor, and Principal each meet with the child separately, and like to see that s/he:
• separates from parent for the interview,
• focuses on the toys, conversation, or activity,
• follows basic directions.
General behavior and developmental readiness are most important at these young ages. There are no required academic skills to enter Nursery or Pre-Kindergarten, but during the interviews it is noted if the child has been exposed to colors, shapes, numbers 1-5, the ABC song, etc.
Children might be in diapers at the time of the interview, but it is expected that diapers will no longer be needed by the time of enrollment (during the school day, 8am to 11:20am).
A short pattern and sequencing assessment is given to Kindergarten applicants, which gives the Admissions Committee an idea of the child’s critical thinking and reasoning skills.
When meeting separately with the Director for Admissions, Guidance Counselor, and Principal, children are asked to do activities such as:
• identify colors, shapes, numbers 0-10,
• identify capital and lower case letters / read sight words,
• explain what is happening in a picture,
• write their name,
• draw a picture,
• share about their school, friends, and hobbies.
Specific tests for students not yet proficient in English are given to students in Grades 1-5.
Grades 1 and 2
A short pattern and sequencing assessment is given to Grade 1 and 2 applicants, which gives the Admissions Committee an idea of the child’s critical thinking and reasoning skills.
Tests in math, spelling, and reading are given, as well as a writing prompt so that the Admissions Committee can review a short writing sample.
These tests are completed with paper and pencil, and the Admissions Office assists children with the directions.
Tests in three areas are given:
• MAP® (Reading Comprehension, Language Usage, and Math)
• Writing sample (1 paragraph for Grades 3-5, a few paragraphs for Grades 6-8, an essay for Grades 9-12)
• Pattern and sequencing assessment
• Grades 9-12 also take an algebra test
MAP® (Measures of Academic Progress) tests are given using the computers in the Admissions testing room. Applicants answer 20 multiple choice questions in each area of Reading Comprehension, Language Usage, and Math. Each test generally takes less than 30 minutes, and there is no time limit.
MAP® is an assessment created by NWEA —Northwest Evaluation Association—a global not-for-profit educational services organization based in Oregon, USA. If the applicant’s current school administers MAP® tests, the family is welcome to submit the most recent scores so that Admissions can determine if MAP® can be waived in the test and interview process at Brent.
Brent School gives longer MAP® tests at the beginning and end of the school year to enrolled students in grades 3-12. For more information about MAP® and how Brent School uses the results, please visit the Academics section for Curriculum at http://brent.edu.ph/maptesting/
Brent’s philosophy is that students are practicing and studying simply by being enrolled in school. As a result, study materials are not provided for our entrance tests.
After testing, the student interviews with the Director for Admissions, Guidance Counselor, and Principal. At least one parent must accompany the student.
It is very rare for Brent to accept a new student to Grade 12. It is ideal if students attend Brent for both grades 11 and 12 for consistency in our International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Applicants to Grade 12 would follow the entrance test and interview process for Grades 3-11 explained above.