Early Entry to Kindergarten Testing


If your child will be four years old by April 16 and you believe they should start kindergarten early, our child psychologists can help with the application process by conducting the required aptitude and achievement testing. We help assess kindergarten readiness with IQ testing and achievement testing. Check with your school district for additional requirements for early entry into kindergarten. 

We use iPads for part of our testing. Kids tell us that testing is FUN with the iPads, and it keeps them more engaged and attentive to the test items. Win-win!

Early Enrollment into Kindergarten Cary NC
Early Entry into Kindergarten Testing Wake County NC

Is my child ready for kindergarten?

There are many factors to consider when deciding whether to pursue early entry into kindergarten. Here are some things to ask yourself about your child:

  • Can my child sit still and follow simple directions in a group environment?

  • Does my child handle their emotions well and get along well with other children? 

  • Does my child seem more academically or intellectually advanced than their same-age peers?

  • Is my child beginning to gain fine motor skills such as holding a crayon or pencil?

  • Does my child show an interest in learning? Do they want to start kindergarten?

  • It is important to note that your child must achieve an IQ score in the 98th percentile or higher and an achievement score in the 98th percentile or higher on either the Reading Comprehension or Math Reasoning cluster to be considered for early entry to kindergarten. Check with your school district for all the requirements, because requirements may change without us knowing. 

How do I apply for early entry into kindergarten?

1. Links to the early entry to kindergarten requirements for Wake County and the surrounding counties are at the bottom of this page. Check with your county for the application and specific requirements. Please note that we can satisfy only the testing requirements. We cannot help with the letters of recommendation, portfolio, or any other requirement. 


2. Call us to schedule your appointment for testing. Wake County requires that testing be completed AFTER April 16. We will administer the following tests:


  • Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI): we use the new version that is partially administered on iPads. Kids love using the iPad and are more engaged with the testing process.

  • Woodcock-Johnson IV (WJ-IV): subtests 1, 2, 4, and 5


3. Schedule your feedback session with the psychologist, who will review the scores with you and provide you with a report to submit with your application.

How much does it cost? Will my health insurance cover this testing?

Our fee for early entry to kindergarten testing is a very reasonable $650.00. A $75 deposit is required at the time of scheduling, and the remaining balance is due on the date of testing. Health insurance does not cover this testing because it is not a healthcare service and thus does not meet medical necessity requirements of health insurance companies. 


Keep in mind that, even if your child does not meet the minimum scores or other requirements for early enrollment into kindergarten, the testing your child receives at Etheridge Psychology will provide valuable information about your child's unique strengths and need areas. Your testing report includes scores as well as information on how your child compares to their same-age peers in multiple areas of aptitude and achievement. Knowing where your child stands as they begin school can help you choose the best academic enrichment activities, whether in-school, outside of school, or at home!

Following are links to various school districts in and around Wake County providing information on kindergarten early enrollment in NC. If the link is broken, please call your child's school or your county school board.

Early entry into kindergarten requirements in Wake County NC

includes information on early entry into kindergarten Angier, Apex, Cary, Clayton, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell, and Zebulon. 


Early kindergarten enrollment information Johnston County NC

includes information on early entry into kindergarten Benson, Clayton, Pine Level, Selma, Smithfield, and other towns in Johnston County.


Early entry to kindergarten information for Orange County NC

includes information on early entry into kindergarten Durham (small part), Mebane, Carrboro, Chapel Hill (small portion), and Hillsborough.


Early entry to kindergarten information for Durham County NC

includes information on early entry into kindergarten Durham, Carr, Morrisville (small part), Lebanon, Mangum, Oak Grove, Chapel Hill (small portion), and Triangle.

Kindergarten enrollment for Harnett County NC - call for information about early entry

includes information on kindergarten enrollment for Dunn, Angier, Coats, Erwin, Lillington, and the rest of the towns and communities in Harnett County. 


Early entry to kindergarten Lee County NC requirements

includes information on early entry into kindergarten for Sanford.


Kindergarten early entry for Chatham County NC - call for information about early entry

includes information on kindergarten readiness for Cary (small part), Goldston, Pittsboro, Siler City, Albright, Baldwin, Bear Creek, Cape Fear, Center, Gulf, Hadley, Haw River, Hickory Mountain, Matthews, New Hope, Oakland, and Williams.