Parents have a three-week window to complete testing once they submit an application. We encourage families to complete and submit applications early. Testers' schedules get especially busy in the middle and end of the season, and it is much harder to secure an appointment that works with your schedule.

Once you have submitted and paid for your application, you will receive two confirmation emails, one with instructions for the next steps and one acknowledging the receipt of your payment. The first of these emails will also appear on the screen at submission. All the information you need for scheduling an appointment for the modified Stanford-Binet exam with one of HCES approved testers will be printed there, including your child’s ID number and the deadline for testing.

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  • ROUND 1 2018 - DRAFT

    There are two rounds of assessment within the HCES admissions process. In the first round, a parent/guardian will accompany his/her child to an approved tester, who is trained to give an assessment of intellectual reasoning, a modified Stanford-Binet V exam. The fee for this test is $350.00.

    Round 1 starts after parents submit their application.

    Parents are to either call or email ONLY ONE tester to schedule an appointment by the testing deadline indicated in the email. Contacting multiple testers may jeopardize a family’s chance to secure an appointment. Once a parent has scheduled an appointment with one of the testers, the parent will mail:

    1) The signed Confidentiality Consent form, which can be downloaded from a link in the email confirming submission of the application. The Confidentiality Consent form is where parents must affirm that their child has neither been tested with nor been exposed to any test-related materials from the SB-V in the last year. Children who have had the SB-V in the last year cannot test again and are not able to apply to HCES.

    2) The fee of $350.00 (payable by check or money order) made payable to the tester you selected. 

    All materials should be sent to testers via REGULAR mail. Testers cannot accept certified mail or any other forms of delivery that require a signature or person for receipt. All materials must be received in advance of the appointment.

    Parents are not permitted to be in the room with their child during the test administation. The testing time varies, depending upon the child. It generally takes 30-60 minutes to administer. 

    The test is available only in English. Children must have adequate fundamental skills in English to benefit from the HCES program. Please contact the Admissions Office for more specific information about testing children from households that speak languages other than English.


    Please contact the Admissions Office for information about possible testing accommodations for children with documented learning or physical difficulties.


    HCES strongly discourages exposing children to the Stanford Binet V prior to the formal administration of the exam for the purpose of admission to HCES. Testers are required to inform the Director of Admissions if there is evidence that a child has had previous experience with the exam or specific exam activities. HCES reserves the right to disqualify any child from competition for admission if there is evidence that testing for HCES is not the child’s first experience with the exam, and the testing fee will not be refunded.

    Testers will send a report of each child’s performance to the HCES Admissions Office. In early December, the Director of Admissions will determine advancement to Round 2 based on a review of the exam results of the modified Stanford Binet V. Typically, 250-300 spaces are available for the Round 2 assessment.
  • ROUND 2 2018 - DRAFT

    For admission to the Fall 2018 Kindergarten class, the Round 2 assessment will take place over TWO weekends only: January 13th and 14th AND January 20th and 21st, 2018. Families who are applying to HCES should not make travel arrangements or schedule NYC Department of Education Gifted and Talented testing for these weekends. Children will be assigned an appointment only within this four-day period. (NOTE: The first weekend is the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend.)

    If a child advances to Round 2, there will two additional forms that need completing. The Parents’ Observation Form and the Preschool Teacher Observation Form request specific information about the child’s observed behaviors in short, written responses from parents and teachers. There is no essay or recommendation to provide. Birth certificates or adoption records are required of all applicants, and 2016 NY State tax returns must be provided by all families as proof of residency.

    At Round 2, children meet in groups of nine and trained consultants observe the behaviors of each child during individual and group tasks, and during their interaction with peers and a teacher. The testing room simulates a preschool classroom and we make every effort to make the group relaxing, fun, and as stimulating as possible.

    Following Round 2, the HCES Admissions Selection Committee submits its recommendations to the Director of Admissions, who, based on that feedback, then offers placement to 25 boys and 25 girls. All evaluative information used in the selection process is de-identified, so that the Admissions Selection Committee makes decisions without knowledge of the child’s name, family or other identifying factors. Neither siblings of HCES students nor "legacies" are given preference of any kind in the process. Selection is primarily determined by the observations collected during Round 2.
    (A child's performance in Round 1 does not factor into the final admissions decision at all.)  

    Families of Round 2 participants will be notified via email of admissions decisions on Friday, February 9th, 2018. This offer of admission must be accepted or declined by Friday, February 16th.

    NOTE: A waiting list of 12 boys and 12 girls is generated from the Round 2 finalists. The first 6 waitlisted children on each list are ranked 1-6. After those places are used, admission is offered at the discretion of the Selection Committee.