Kindergarten assessment tests vary based on schools, but many examine a child's knowledge of shapes, colors, letters and numbers. They also evaluate social, emotional and motor skills.
Children entering kindergarten may be tested on early literacy skills. These skills include letter recognition and recitation, phonetic awareness, the ability to write their names, uppercase and lowercase letters and conventions of print. Kindergarten readiness tests may also include a math portion, where a student names shapes, colors and numbers and demonstrates the ability to recite numbers or item count.
Self-care assessments include hand washing, independent bathroom use, shoe tying or closing Velcro shoes, self feeding, belt buckling and zippering a jacket. Testing for language skills such as speaking clearly and in complete sentences, following two-step directions and forming simple rhymes determine if a child needs speech or language support. The ability to run, skip, kick a ball, catch a ball, hold a pencil, trace letters, shapes and numbers and cut with safety scissors are motor skills tested during a kindergarten assessment.
The intent of a kindergarten assessment is to evaluate incoming students' readiness for kindergarten and to help a teacher plan appropriate lessons for a class. The tests can last 30 minutes, and parents do not stay with their children.