At BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, we seek applicants who have an interest in learning at an international level, a desire to make a contribution, a willingness to work hard, and an ambition to join a collaborative, supportive, and joyful community of peers, Subject Expert Teachers, and Learning Expert Teachers. Be ready to participate in a culture where academics are encouraged, learning is celebrated, and students have fun! In order to both ensure student success and manage the popularity of our program, admissions is a selective process.

 

What is the Entrance Exam?
The Entrance Exam is part of the admissions process for students applying for Grades 2 - 9 for fall 2022. Its results show us concepts understood, and concepts not yet understood for the grade level they are applying for. All applicants will take this virtual exam.

 

How will your Entrance Exam be conducted this year?
Given the current health crisis, our exams will be conducted virtually 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 the applicant has a seamless virtual Entrance Exam experience. 

 

What is a passing score on the Entrance 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 along with all the other application requirements. 

 

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

 

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

All Grade 2 - 9 applicants are required to take the BASIS Independent Schools Entrance Exam. 

 

What is on the Entrance Exam?
Our virtual Entrance Exam covers three topics: math, English/Language Arts, and writing. The content of these exams is based on the foundational material needed 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 type a response. Exam length: 30 minutes. 

 

How long does the Entrance Exam take?
In total, we ask for families to allow two hours. This will allow enough time for the proctor to take attendance, review the instructions, and for students to complete all three parts of the exam. 

 

How should my student prepare academically for the exam?
Preparation is not necessary. We want students to focus on their current academics at their current school, and not study for or stress over an exam they will never know the results of.

The exam is used by the Admissions Team and Head of School to find out where your student is, academically speaking. As BASIS Independent Schools offers an advanced curriculum, it is completely normal for your child to encounter some challenging or unknown concepts on our exam. 

 

Should my child prepare for the exam in other ways?
Yes! All students will be required to type their responses on the exam. If your child is unfamiliar with typing, we would suggest practicing before taking the exam.

Families will also be provided with the Virtual Entrance Exam FAQ, Math Answer Examples document, login information, testing links, and the proctor instructions beforehand. We instruct all families to review these materials with their students before the day of the exam. 

 

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

 

When are the Virtual Entrance Exam dates?
Saturday, October 16 at 10:00 AM* (Early Admissions Only)
Saturday, October 23 at 10:00 AM* (Early Admissions Only)
Saturday, January 8 at 10:00 AM* (Regular Admissions)
Saturday, January 22 at 1:00 PM* (Regular Admissions)
Saturday, February 5 at 10:00 AM* (Regular Admissions)

*Please note, once an exam date fills, we will close registration for that date and families will have to sign-up for the next available exam.

 

If you have any questions, please reach out to the Admissions Team at (408) 291-0907 or email us at sv.admissions@basisindependent.com.


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