We're excited to continue "Admissions FAQ," a content series designed to answer frequently asked questions about applying to BASIS Independent McLean. If you would like to submit a question, please email us at McLean-Admissions@BASISIndependent.com.

For our second part in the series, we cover everything you've ever wanted to know about Entrance Exams.

What is an Entrance Exam and who takes it?
The Entrance Exam is part of the admissions process for students applying for grades 2-10.

What is on the Entrance Exam?
Our Entrance Exam covers three sections: math, English, and writing.

How long does the exam take?
Students are given 30 minutes for each portion of the exam, with 5-10 minute breaks in between each section.

How should my student prepare for the exam?
Preparation is not necessary. The entrance exam is more of a diagnostic test that is used by the Admissions Team and Head of School to find out where your student is, academically speaking.

What is a passing score on the exam?
We do not grade the exams with passing or failing scores. Because the exam is diagnostic in nature, we consider it as just one part of our comprehensive admissions process.

How do I sign up for an Entrance Exam?
After you submit the online application, you will have the option to schedule online. Alternatively, you can call our Admissions Office at (703) 854-1253 to schedule.

Where does the Entrance Exam take place?
Entrance Exams take place at our Admissions Office.

What should my student bring to the Entrance Exam?
We will provide all the necessary materials for students, so they do not need to bring their own supplies. 


BASIS Independent McLean is a preschool-grade 12 private school located in Tysons. We are now accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year. To learn more about admissions or to apply, please click here