Test Innovators Blog

When you’re registering for the ISEE or SSAT, you’re going to come across a step that prompts you to enter any schools that you want to have your scores sent to. Even though it’s optional, it might look like it’s a required step, so a lot of people just enter the schools without a second thought. It can definitely be convenient to automatically have your scores sent to schools because then you can just take the test and have it be done with. And it's so easy to set up!

But what if you get your scores back and feel like you could do better?

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Director of Admissions Greg Jones Offers His Advice for Parents

  • Posted By: Geoff Dennis
  • December 12, 2018
Lake Washington

Greg Jones is in his 34th year in education. Currently, he’s in his 8th year as Director of Enrollment Management and Admissions at Epiphany School in Seattle. Prior to his current role, Greg was a middle school humanities teacher, department chair, and admissions committee member at The Northwest School.

In this conversation with Test Innovators' CEO, Greg talks about his experience helping 8th graders find the best high school fit, and offers his advice for parents as they navigate the admissions process.

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The 25 Most Competitive Schools, Visualized

  • Posted By: Jordyn Vandeleur
  • December 11, 2018

Explore the 25 most competitive schools with this interactive visualization!

Here at Test Innovators, we've had over 100,000 students use our platform as they prepared for the ISEE & SSAT. Using our information for 2018, we found the 25 most competitive schools in the US based on the number of students who reported their intention to apply.

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The Most Competitive Schools of 2018

  • Posted By: Jordyn Vandeleur
  • December 11, 2018
Phillips Exeter Academy

Over the past six years, Test Innovators has helped more than 100,000 students prepare for the SSAT and the ISEE, the admissions tests required for applications to the most competitive independent schools in the country. Every year we review our data from thousands of test-takers to find out the most popular schools students are applying to.

Our long-awaited 2018 results are here! Below are the top 25 most sought-after schools, based on the number of students who stated their intention to apply in 2018.

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Preparing Your Child for Private School Interviews

  • Posted By: Erin Lynch
  • December 6, 2018

If your child is applying to private schools, an important factor in their admissions will be the interview. While each student will have a unique experience with the interview, you can still help them to prepare.

1. Research the School

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How the ISEE & SSAT Essay Sections Affect Admissions Decisions

  • Posted By: Geoff Dennis
  • December 4, 2018

Did you miss last week's webinars about the SSAT and ISEE essay sections? Don't worry—you can still check out the recordings. 

Many admissions directors describe the test's essay section as one of the most important parts of the application, indicating a student's writing ability, interests, and personality with no external influences.

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Three Ways to Teach Your Child Self-Advocacy

  • Posted By: Erin Lynch
  • December 3, 2018
Your child needs to learn to self-advocate in order to communicate with others, become independent, and grow into a self-sufficient young person. Self-advocacy includes: taking responsibility for communicating with others, speaking up for yourself, knowing how to get help, and being able to listen to others.
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How to Relieve Test Anxiety

  • Posted By: Joshua Dolim
  • November 30, 2018

While every student is different, the number one cause of test anxiety is not knowing what to expect. High-stakes exams like the ISEE, SSAT, SAT, and ACT are significantly different than in-school assessment tests that students regularly take, so the strategies for taking these tests are different too. This might even be the first high-stakes test your student will take, which can add to any anxiety they’re already feeling. The good news is that this is actually pretty easy to address!

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School Profile: Proctor Academy

  • Posted By: Geoff Dennis
  • November 28, 2018

We talked with Scott Allenby of Proctor Academy about what families love about Proctor. 

Location: Andover, New Hampshire

Website: https://www.proctoracademy.org/

Grades Served: 9 through 12

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How to Prepare over Thanksgiving Break

  • Posted By: Brenna O'Neill
  • November 21, 2018

Do you have an upcoming December or January test date? Here are our recommendations for your prep.

 

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