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 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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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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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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Introducing ISEE & SSAT Proctor Videos

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

Simulating the official testing experience is a critical part of the preparation process. This helps students mitigate any testing anxiety because they know exactly what to expect, and it helps them practice managing their time on a rigorous exam.

For this reason, we have created online proctor videos so that students can have their own virtual proctor!

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How to Browse for ISEE Test Dates

  • Posted By: Geoff Dennis
  • October 30, 2018

Still haven't registered for the ISEE? Check out our list of ISEE test dates around the country. 

Once you know when and where you would like to take the test, you can head to the official testing body's website,, to register. Make sure that you don't wait too long to sign up for a test date; many testing sites fill up very quickly.

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When Is Boarding School the Right Choice?

  • Posted By: Geoff Dennis
  • October 25, 2018

What kind of family should consider boarding school? In this clip from our CEO's conversation with placement expert Neal Kamsler, Neal discusses how traditional wisdom about boarding schools may not hold water.

For 21 years, Neal Kamsler was Head of Upper School at Allen-Stevenson School in New York City. He now serves as Senior Director of Placement at Oliver Scholars, a non-profit educational access organization. Listen to the full school admissions conversation here.

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An Admissions Conversation with Placement Expert Neal Kamsler

  • Posted By: Geoff Dennis
  • October 22, 2018

Neal Kamsler has worked in New York City independent schools for 35 years, including 21 years as Head of Upper School at Allen-Stevenson School. He also serves as Senior Director of Placement at Oliver Scholars, an educational access organization based in Manhattan. Test Innovators' CEO, Edan Shahar, sits down with Neal to discuss independent school admissions: choosing the right school for your child, misconceptions about boarding school, and how admissions departments decide who to accept.

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5 Ways to Beat Test Prep Stress

  • Posted By: Erin Lynch
  • October 19, 2018

You have the big test coming up next month, and every time you sit down to study you get nervous. So nervous, in fact, that it’s hard to focus on the material. It’s just so overwhelming! While a little stress actually helps you perform better, too much anxiety surrounding test prep isn’t helpful for anyone.

Here are a few foolproof methods to help alleviate stress during the test prep process. Reduce anxiety and tackle this challenge head-on. You got this!

1. Have a plan for your practice.

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