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.
Although math and science are Arjun’s strong suits, his favorite subject is history. He enjoys learning about what people did in the past and the why and how behind their actions. Arjun is particularly intrigued by Greek and Roman history.
As part of the application process for independent schools, Arjun took the SSAT. In preparation for the SSAT, Arjun participated in the Test Innovators A Better Chance summer preparation course and practiced independently on the Test Innovators online platform. Arjun found the Test Innovators practice tests to be most helpful. He appreciated the detailed analysis, especially the percentile scores and schools data, because it gave him a true sense of his performance. Throughout the preparation process, Arjun learned valuable strategies and skills, particularly for the Reading Comprehension section.
Advice for Students
Arjun’s advice for other students preparing for admissions tests is to learn strategies and skills to “manage your time better.” He emphasized how important time management is and how much it can impact your performance. As Arjun said, “If you know how to manage your time, you’re going to do great.”
Advice for Parents
Arjun’s mom, Karen, advises other parents to “utilize the family network” to support students as they prepare. Karen recommends approaching preparation in “bite-sized chunks.” Karen explained that taking practice tests was very beneficial. She added, “I thought it was very helpful to have that technology-based learning.”
In the fall, Arjun will be starting at Grace Church School. Arjun chose Grace Church School because of its strong and diverse academic program and unique extracurricular activities, such as fencing. Arjun is looking forward to taking unique courses, including History of Jazz and History of Theatre.
Test Innovators is Here to Help
Test Innovators helps students learn test-taking strategies and skills and build confidence so that they can put their best foot forward on test day. Our online platform dynamically adapts using insights from over 20,000,000 questions answered on the platform to help each student focus on the most impactful practice. Test Innovators has helped over 135,000 students improve their test scores and gain acceptance into schools with selective admissions processes.