There are two rounds of assessment within the HCES admissions process. In the first round, a parent/guardian accompanies his/her child to the office of an “approved” tester, trained to administer a modified Stanford Binet test (SB V), an assessment of intellectual reasoning. The fee for this test is $350.00. (Financial assistance for Round 1 testing is available to those who qualify. Please visit the "Reduced Fee" section of this website for detailed information.)
Round 1 begins with the submission of the child’s application.
An email is sent to the family once the application is submitted. Parents must make contact with ONLY ONE tester to schedule an appointment by the deadline indicated in the email. Contacting multiple testers WILL jeopardize a family’s chance to continue with Round 1. When the appointment is scheduled, the parent submit the following to the tester prior to arrival:
1) A signed Confidentiality Consent form, provided via email after submission of the application. The Confidentiality Consent form allows parents to 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 exposure to the SB V within 12 months of application submission may not be able to apply to HCES. In these cases, the parents should contact the Director of Admissions to inquire.
2) The fee of $350.00 (check or money order) made payable to the tester.
These items are sent via REGULAR mail; certified mail or any other forms of delivery that require signature for receipt are not acceptable. Items must be received prior to the appointment.
Parents are not permitted in the room with their child during the test administration. Though testing time varies, the session generally lasts 30-60 minutes.
The modified SB V test is available only in English. Children must have adequate, fundamental skills in English to benefit from the HCES program. Contact the Admissions Office for information about testing children from households that speak languages other than English.
THERE IS NO ADVANTAGE GAINED BY DELAYING THE TESTING OF YOUR CHILD BY 1-2 MONTHS. THE SB V TEST IS SCORED ACCORDING TO A CHILD'S AGE AT THE TIME OF TESTING.
Contact the Admissions Office to inquire about testing accommodations for children with documented learning differences or physical difficulties.
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 modified Stanford Binet V test results. Typically, 250-300 spaces are available for the Round 2 assessment. All families are notified in December via email of the Round 1 decision.
A NOTE ABOUT “PREPPING” FOR THE MODIFIED STANFORD BINET V:
HCES strongly discourages exposing children to the Stanford Binet V prior to the formal administration of the test for the purpose of admission to HCES. Testers will inform the Director of Admissions if they believe a child has had experience with or exposure to any test items or activities. HCES reserves the right to disqualify any child from the admissions process if there is evidence that Round 1 is not the child’s first experience with the SB V test. In the case of disqualification for prior exposure, the testing fee is not refunded.