Washington International School

Colegio Internacional de Washington
Ecole Internationale de Washington

Admissions Testing


The requirements for admissions testing vary by grade, as indicated in the detailed information below.

Preschool

APPLICANT VISIT

Applicants to Preschool visit in small groups of up to six children. The groups are led by WIS Early Childhood teachers and assistants and include free play, an organized movement activity, and story time. Visits will occur on Saturday, January 14 and Saturday, January 28. Applicants attend only one Saturday session. Parents may schedule the appointment via the WIS Admissions Portal at http://wis.schooladminonline.com/portal.

Applicant Visits are encouraged, but can be waived if it is not possible for the applicant to travel to Washington during the application process. If the school recommendation or school records do not provide sufficient insight into the applicant’s development and progress, then an applicant video will be requested.

WPPSI (OPTIONAL)

The WPPSI-IV test (Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence) can be submitted to supplement the application. The test, which is administered by a psychologist or trained evaluator, requires that a child be at least 2.6 years of age. Because some applicants to Preschool will not be 2.6 years of age by February 1, the submission of a WPPSI report is optional for all Preschool applicants. If you would like to learn more about the WPPSI assessment, click here.

If you would like to review a list of local psychologists/testing sites offering the WPPSI-IV test, click here. It is not required that you use one of the testing sites from the list. Parents of international and out-of-town applicants may secure the test where they reside, in the child’s strongest language. 

Pre-K and Kindergarten

WPPSI

Either the WPPSI-III or WPPSI-IV test (Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence), or a similar assessment, is required. Click here for a list of local psychologists/testing sites offering the WPPSI-III and WPPSI-IV tests. It is not required that you use one of the testing sites from the list. Parents of international and out-of-town applicants may secure the test where they reside, in the child’s strongest language. If the test is not available where you reside, please contact the Admissions Office to discuss alternative forms of assessment.

APPLICANT VISIT

Applicants to Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten visit in small groups of up to six children. The groups are led by WIS Early Childhood teachers and assistants and include free play, an organized movement activity, and story time. Visits will occur on Saturday, January 14 and Saturday, January 28. Applicants attend only one Saturday session. Parents may schedule the appointment via the WIS Admissions Portal at http://wis.schooladminonline.com/portal.

Applicant Visits are encouraged, but can be waived if it is not possible for the applicant to travel to Washington during the application process. If the school recommendation or school records do not provide sufficient insight into the applicant’s development and progress, then an applicant video will be requested.

Grade 1

WPPSI

Either the WPPSI-III or WPPSI-IV test (Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence), or a similar assessment, is required. Click here for a list of local psychologists/testing sites offering the WPPSI-III and WPPSI-IV tests. It is not required that you use one of the testing sites from the list. Parents of international and out-of-town applicants may secure the test where they reside, in the child’s strongest language. If the test is not available where you reside, please contact the Admissions Office to discuss alternative forms of assessment.

APPLICANT TESTING

Applicants to Grade 1 will have WIS-administered Admissions Testing in English that lasts roughly one half hour. A separate language screening in French or Spanish will also take place for those applicants with prior knowledge of the language. Admissions Testing will occur on Saturday, January 7 and Saturday, January 21, while a language screening for children with knowledge of French or Spanish will take place on Tuesday, February 7. Parents should schedule their child’s testing dates through the Admissions Portal at http://wis.schooladminonline.com/portal.

For out-of-town applicants, if it is not possible to visit WIS, we will send Admissions Tests to the student’s current school and/or request a short video submission.

Grades 2-5

WISC

The WISC-IV test (Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence), or a similar assessment, is required. Click here for a list of local psychologists/testing sites offering the WISC-IV test. It is not required that you use one of the testing sites from the list. Parents of international and out-of-town applicants may secure the WISC-IV testing where they reside, in the child’s preferred language. If the test is not available where you reside, please contact the Admissions Office to discuss alternative forms of assessment or to request that the test requirement be waived. If it is not possible for the applicant to travel to WIS, WIS Admissions Tests will be sent to the applicant’s current school to administer on our behalf.

APPLICANT TESTING

Applicants to Grade 2-5 will have WIS-administered Admissions Testing in English and math. If the applicant is applying to one of the dual-language programs, a language screening in French or Spanish will also need to be scheduled. Admissions Testing will occur on Saturday, January 7 or Saturday, January 21, while a language screening for children with knowledge of French or Spanish will take place on Tuesday, February 7. Parents should schedule their child’s testing dates through the Admissions Portal at http://wis.schooladminonline.com/portal.

For out-of-town applicants, if it is not possible to visit WIS, we will send Admissions Tests to the student's current school.

Grades 6-11

APPLICANT TESTING

The admissions testing program in Grade 6 – 11 focuses on tests that have been developed by WIS faculty. We believe that these tests in math, English, and language placement for French, Spanish, Dutch, or Chinese (except for beginners) more accurately reflect the specific demands of the WIS curriculum. Once the application has been submitted, applicants should register for one of the Saturday morning testing sessions. If it is not possible for the applicant to travel to WIS to attend a testing session, then the admissions tests will be sent to the applicant’s current school to administer on our behalf. While WIS does not require standardized admissions testing for Grades 6 - 11, we do encourage applicants who are taking such tests as the SSAT, PSAT, or ERB to submit the results to WIS as a supplement to their applications.


The testing dates for Middle and Upper School applicants are Saturday, January 14 and Saturday, January 21.

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