Bracken School Readiness Assessment | Fourth Edition

The BSRA–4™ is a brief version of the Bracken Basic Concepts Scale–Fourth Edition Receptive™ (BBCS–4:R™). The six subtests on BSRA–4™ are designed to evaluate children's school readiness in terms of their understanding of basic concepts that are strongly related to early childhood cognitive and language development as well as early academic achievement.   

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  • BSRA-4 Record Forms (Print) Qty 25
    A103000223552 Qualification Level B


  • BSRA-4 Concept Development Guide (Print) Qty 25
    A103000223554 Qualification Level B


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  • BSRA-4:R Q-global Score Report QTY 1 (Digital)
    A103000251739 Qualification Level B


  • BSRA-4 Q-global Manual (Digital)
    A103000223575 Qualification Level B


  • BSRA-4 Manual (Print)
    A103000223549 Qualification Level B


  • BSRA-4 Q-global Stimulus Manual (Digital)
    A103000223576 Qualification Level B


  • BSRA–4 Stimulus Manual (PRINT)
    A103000223550 Qualification Level B


  • BSRA-4 Complete Kit (Print)
    A103000223538 Qualification Level B

    Includes BSRA-4 Manual (Print), Stimulus Manual Subtests 1-6 (Print), 25 Record Forms (Print), 25 Concept Development Guides (Print) and luggage tag. 


  • Education Q-interactive Licence · 1 Year (Digital)
    9780749172152 Qualification Level B

    One licence required per user

    Tests included:
    WIAT-III UK, WRAT5, KTEA-3, EVT-3, BBCS–4:R and BRSA-4.

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    9780139800054 Qualification Level C

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  • BBCS-4:R and BSRA-4 Administration & Scoring Review, Development, and Technical Characteristics On Demand 2 Hours
    A103000371034 Qualification Level B

    This learning track will provide detailed information about the development of the BBCS-4:R and BSRA-4 and test administration procedures. The session will also provide practice in scoring these assessments. Technical information about development of the test, research phases, and reliability and validity information will be shared with participants, as well as answers to frequently asked questions about the test. Participants will have access to this course for one year. Training orders will be processed within 5-7 business days of order placement. On-demand training is accessed via a welcome email sent to the email address associated with the order.



Publication date:
Age range:
3:0 through 7:11
School Readiness Composite score, percentile ranks, age equivalents, descriptive classifications, and percent correct by subtest
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Completion time:
15–20 minutes
Q-global®, paper-and-pencil. Trained A level examiners may administer the BSRA-4; B level professionals must score and interpret test results
Record Form, Concept Development Guide
Scoring options:
Q-global, Manual
Report Options:

Product Details

The BSRA–4 is Now Available!

When can you expect the BSRA–4?

  • Paper and pencil administration: Now available
  • Q-global scoring and reporting: Now available
  • Q-interactive administration and scoring: April 2023 

The BSRA–4 is a quick and easy child development assessment of school readiness. A brief edition of the comprehensive BBCS–4:R, the BSRA–4 assesses comprehension of the concepts strongly related to early childhood cognitive and language development, school readiness, and early school achievement: colors, letters, numbers/counting, size/comparisons, shapes, and self/social awareness. Trained A level examiners may administer the BSRA-4; B level professionals must score and interpret test results


  • Provides highly accurate and reliable information about children’s comprehension of concepts related to academic success and classroom communication
  • Requires only a pointing response—ideal for children who are shy or who have a receptive or expressive language impairment
  • Offers digital and print test administration options with manual or automated scoring and reporting
  • Minimizes testing time with start points and discontinue rules
  • Matches assessment outcomes and classroom curriculum goals according to each state’s early childhood educational standards 
  • English and Spanish Record Forms (Administration of BSRA–4 in Spanish provides qualitative information about Spanish-speaking children’s concept development)
  • Assesses diverse populations of children with artwork that is representative of a wide variety of cultures, developmentally appropriate, and engaging
  • Includes more than 150 concepts across STEM/STEAM domains
  • Assess advanced concepts that can be used to identify children as candidates for Gifted and Talented programs


  • An expanded age range enables you to test children ages 3:0–7:11
  • New full-color artwork helps maintains children’s attention and engagement during testing
  • Updated nationally representative norms reflect the current US population
  • The BSRA–4 Record Form allows you to compare pre- and post-test scores
  • Highly reliable results are strongly correlated with intelligence and achievement measures




What are the differences between the BBCS–3™ and BBCS–4:R?™ What about the BSRA™–3 and BSRA™–4?

The new editions of these tests include:

  1. Digital administration and scoring options are available on Pearson’s Q-global® and Q-interactive® platforms.
  2. Updated normative data based on US Census figures (2019).
  3. BBCS–4:R School Readiness Subtests (SRS) and Composite (SRC) scores are based on six subtests instead of five subtests. The subtest added to the SRS and SRC scores is the Self-/Social Awareness subtest, which was Subtest 7 on BBCS–3 and was not included in BSRA–3.
  4. Assesses more than 150 foundational science, math, and arts concepts across STEM/STEAM domains.
  5. Provides a measure that can be used as part of the process that helps professionals identify students for Gifted and Talented programs.


When will there be an update to the Bracken Basic Concept Scale–3: Expressive (BBCS–3:E)?

There are no updates planned for the BBCS–3:E at this time. You may continue to use the BBCS–3:E; however, remember that the BBCS–4:R and BBCS–3:E are not co-normed, so test results are not directly comparable. BBCS–4:R and BBCS–3:E are based on research samples collected in different years and with a different demographic composition.

Why is the BSRA–4 now a B level assessment?

While trained A-level practitioners may administer and score using the basal and ceiling rules, a B-level individual with training in normative test interpretation is needed to interpret and explain scores and score differences from prior administrations.

Paraprofessionals or A-level staff working under the supervision of a qualified assessment professional may administer and score, but not interpret, the BSRA–4. Paraprofessionals and A-level staff should be carefully trained and supervised and should administer and score several practice cases before attempting their first actual testing.

Test Administration

Are there significant differences in test administration?

  • BBCS–4:R now has age start points and basal rules.
  • The School Readiness subtests and subtests 7–10 now include age start points, basal, and discontinue rules to reduce test administration time.


What scores are available?

  • Scaled Score
  • Standard Score
  • Percentile Rank
  • Age Equivalent
  • Growth Scale Value
  • Descriptive Classification

Am I able to obtain a normed score for the Self-/Social Awareness subtest separately from the SRS or SRC?


Why aren’t separate scores available for subtests other than the Self/Social Awareness subtest on the BBCS-4:R?  

Subtests 1–5 predict academic success in the traditional sense since they are based on academic subject matter. Subtest 6 also predicts academic success from a social standpoint. Therefore, if a child's SRS/SRC score predicts poor academic success, the examiner may want to review whether it is lack of knowledge of the academic curriculum or if it is delayed development specifically in self-/social awareness only.  

Technical information

Where can I find more detailed information about the test online?

A summary of the technical characteristics of the BBCS–4:R and the BSRA–4 will be posted on the product web page’s resources tab later this summer.


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