Thank you for your interest in BASIS Independent Silicon Valley for the 2021-22 school year. We are excited to know that you are wanting to participate in a internationally benchmarked program where our teachers ignite passion in the mind, heart, and soul of every student. When students love to learn, they excel!

All applicants are required to take an online BASIS Independent Schools Entrance Exam. This admissions season is unlike any other given the current health crisis, and although the content is the same, we have adjusted the manner in which we test. Our traditional process of in-person testing has shifted to an online model. This online examination is created, administered, and proctored by BASIS Independent Schools.

Listed below, are frequently asked questions about our Admissions Entrance Exam.

What is an Entrance Exam and who takes it?
The online Entrance Exam is part of the admissions process for students applying for grades 5-9 for fall 2021. All applicants will take this online exam.

How will your Entrance Exam be conducted this year?
Given the current health crisis, our exams will be conducted online this year. The exams will be conducted through our online testing platform and proctored by a live instructor from BASIS Independent Silicon Valley. Students registered for our exam will receive information beforehand on how the exam will be conducted, resources that will be allowed, and additional information to ensure your applicant has a seamless entrance exam experience. 

What is a passing score on the exam?
This exam is not a pass or fail. Because the exam is diagnostic in nature, we consider it to be just one part of our comprehensive admissions process.

How will I learn the results of the exam?
We do not share exam results with applicants or parents.  

Do you require students to take the ISEE/SSAT? Do you accept these scores?
We do not require the ISEE, HSPT, or SSAT, nor will the Admissions Team accept or review these scores.

What is on the exam?
Our online Entrance Exam covers three areas: math, English/Language Arts, and writing. The content of these exams is based on the foundational material for the grade students are applying for.

  • Math: Students will be presented with a set of open-ended math questions based on their incoming grade level and the BASIS Curriculum Schools program. Exam length: 30 minutes. 
  • English/Language Arts: Students will be presented with reading comprehension and grammar multiple choice questions. Students will read short passages and then answer questions to test their comprehension, as well as their knowledge of words-in-context, literary devices, etc. Students will also be presented with grammar questions that will ask them to correct sentences or identify parts of speech. Exam length: 30 minutes. 
  • Writing: Students will be presented with an essay prompt and asked to write a response. Exam length: 30 minutes. 

How long does the exam take?
In total, please allow two hours for the online Entrance Exam. 

How should my student prepare academically for the exam?
Preparation is not necessary. The Entrance Exam is a diagnostic test that is used by the Admissions Team and Head of School to find out where your student is, academically speaking. As BASIS Curriculum Schools offers an advanced curriculum, it is completely normal for your child to encounter some challenging or unknown concepts on our test. Always remind your child to simply give their best effort and to relax.

How do I sign up for an exam?
Once you submit an application, you will be guided in the application portal to schedule your online Entrance Exam date. While there is an application fee, there is no additional fee for the Entrance Exam. The application fee covers all requirements of the application process.

When are the Entrance Exam Dates?
Saturday, October 24 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Early Admissions Only)
Saturday, February 13 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Regular Admissions)
Saturday, February 27 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Regular Admissions)
Saturday, March 6 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Regular Admissions)

Where does the exam take place?
This year, all students will be taking the exam virtually through an online testing system. The online Entrance Exam will also be proctored by a live instructor from BASIS Independent Silicon Valley.

How can I make sure my child is prepared for the online exam? 
Admissions will be providing all students with their login information and testing links beforehand. We will also provide a "How-To" document for parents and students to review before taking the exam. 


BASIS Independent Silicon Valley is a grades 5-12 private middle and high school based in San Jose, California, providing students an internationally benchmarked liberal arts and sciences curriculum. Considering joining the Bobcat community? Join our interest list by clicking here to receive admissions updates for fall 2021.