For Educators

How to Read an SSAT Score Report

  • Posted By: Test Innovators
  • September 10, 2020

So you’ve taken the SSAT and received your score report, but what does everything mean? The SSAT score report has two primary measures of performance: scaled scores and percentile scores.

Scaled Scores

On the Elementary level, students receive 1 point for questions answered correctly and 0 points for questions answered incorrectly or left unanswered. On the Middle and Upper levels, students receive 1 point for question answered correctly, lose ¼ of a point for questions answered incorrectly, and receive 0 points for questions left unanswered.

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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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Online Mock Tests: The Answer You've Benn Looking For

The need to shift our way of life due to COVID-19 has indeed been challenging, but it has also fueled creativity and ingenuity, resulting in new, and sometimes even better, ways of doing things. One such thing is online testing. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more tests were moving to a computerized format, and now, at-home testing has become a feasible alternative. Some tests, such as the ISEE and SSAT, are available at home, but what is the alternative for the benchmark mock testing that is commonly administered in-person at schools? Online mock tests, of course.

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Every student is different, and every student’s test prep needs are different too. Test Innovators’ online platform provides every student with a Personalized Prep Plan, targeted to an individual’s specific needs. The Prep Plan provides guidance on next steps and auto-generates specific recommendations for practice to complete.

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5 Great Ways to Neutralize Performance Anxiety

  • Posted By: Joshua Dolim
  • March 11, 2019
Before he became a civil rights icon, Mahatma Gandhi struggled with public speaking anxiety. Barbra Streisand experienced stage fright at the height of her career. Sometimes, otherwise expert or talented people will find themselves in a high-pressure situation and underperform because of performance anxiety. This is true in every area of performance, from stepping to the line to take a free throw, to taking a high stakes test, to the big presentation for the board that has been keeping you up at night.
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7 Fascinating Math Facts You Would’ve Learned at Math Camp

  • Posted By: Jordyn Vandeleur
  • January 31, 2019

1. Pi is one of the most useful and most used numbers around. Most commonly, you’ll see it used in area and volume calculations, but did you know it’s also used in many professions? NASA uses pi when going to space, doctors use it in medical procedures, and even musicians use pi when studying music theory. Whether for volumes, space travel, or music, if you ever need to remember the value of pi, just think about this cool fact – it’s the word PIE, mirrored: 3.14. 

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5 Great Books for Middle Schoolers this Winter

  • Posted By: Jordyn Vandeleur
  • January 22, 2019
some books

We are more than halfway through January and (depending where you are) days are short, skies are grey, and temperatures are low. All of this combines to make it the perfect time of year to curl up inside with a blanket and a good book. We spoke with middle school teachers to compile five of their most highly recommended books.

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

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Scott Duddy: How to Decide Which School to Attend Next Year

  • Posted By: Geoff Dennis
  • December 19, 2018
Dexter Southfield School

Scott Duddy is the Director of Admissions & Enrollment Management at Dexter Southfield School in Brookline, Massachusetts, and brings with him 14 years of professional experience in the world of independent schools. He has served as a secondary school counselor at The Fessenden School and as Director of Financial Aid at Westminster School.

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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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Timely Report Update for Educators

  • Posted By: Brenna O'Neill
  • May 8, 2018

We are excited to share some new updates to the reports in our educator tools with you. If you're a tutor, teacher, or administrator who works with us, you may have already noticed a few changes. If not, you can see them by logging into your account. If you don't yet work with us, and are interested in learning more about what we do for schools, shoot Annie an email.


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