Test Innovators Blog

Meet Jacques

  • Posted By: Celena Alduenda
  • September 10, 2020

Meet Jacques

We are excited to introduce Jacques, one of our 2020 A Better Chance Scholars. Jacques’s diligence and self discipline allowed him to score in the 99th percentile on the SSAT.

Jacques enjoys spending time with his friends, playing video games, and watching educational videos about historic events. He also recently started playing basketball. In the winter, Jacques takes every possible opportunity to go snowboarding, which is something he likes to do with his grandparents.

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Meet Jacqlene

  • Posted By: Celena Alduenda
  • September 8, 2020

Meet Jacqlene

We are pleased to introduce Jacqlene, one of our 2020 A Better Chance Scholars. Jacqlene’s hard work and determination allowed her to increase her SSAT score by 57 percent!

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Meet Cesar

  • Posted By: Celena Alduenda
  • September 3, 2020

Meet Cesar

We are excited to introduce Cesar, one of our 2020 A Better Chance Scholars. Cesar’s hard work and dedication allowed him to increase his SSAT score by 68 percent!

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Meet Olivia

  • Posted By: Celena Alduenda
  • September 1, 2020

Meet Olivia

We are pleased to introduce Olivia, one of our 2020 A Better Chance Scholars. Olivia’s perseverance and dedication allowed her to increase her SSAT score by 25 percentile points!

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Meet Gavin

  • Posted By: Celena Alduenda
  • August 27, 2020

Meet Gavin

We are pleased to introduce Gavin, one of our 2020 A Better Chance Scholars. Gavin’s hard work and self discipline allowed him to increase his SSAT score by 25 percentile points!

Gavin and his family are from Thailand. He was born in Thailand and moved to the United States as a young child. Gavin and his family spend every summer in Thailand visiting his dad, who works there most of the year.

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Meet Arjun

  • Posted By: Celena Alduenda
  • August 25, 2020

Meet Arjun

We are excited to introduce Arjun, one of our 2020 A Better Chance Scholars. Arjun’s diligence and steadfastness allowed him to increase his SSAT score by 29 percentile points!

Arjun enjoys playing games and sports. He spends a lot of his free time in the kitchen cooking and baking. While Arjun is still refining his cooking skills, he is a master at baking cakes, pies, and brownies.

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Meet Our 2020 A Better Chance Scholars

  • Posted By: Celena Alduenda
  • August 11, 2020
Meet Our 2020 A Better Chance Scholars
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Testing effect (and why practice testing is key)

  • Posted By: Test Innovators
  • August 11, 2020

Why are practice tests such a critical piece of preparation?

The American Psychological Association defines the testing effect as the psychological finding that retention is better when taking a test compared to restudying the same material. The testing effect, also called retrieval practice, indicates that practice tests are a more effective learning tool than restudying the material.

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When will I get my SSAT scores?

  • Posted By: Test Innovators
  • August 6, 2020

Months of practice and three hours of testing have come to an end—you’ve completed the SSAT!

After you’ve had some well-deserved rest, your mind may return to the test, reflecting on the reading passages, rethinking the harder math questions, and obsessing over when you will receive your scores. Now that you’ve done everything you could, waiting can be difficult.

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Summer vacation provides opportunities for outdoor recreation, quality time with family, and relaxation. Although summer is a time for recuperation, it is important to engage in learning in order to retain knowledge acquired during the school year.

Decades of research have shown that students are prone to learning loss during the summer months when structured learning may not be an everyday occurrence. Commonly referred to as the summer slide, this learning loss can hinder months of hard-earned math, reading, and writing gains.

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