• Posted By: Test Innovators
  • September 15, 2020

We are often asked about the differences between the ISEE and SSAT. We’ve put together a definitive guide to help families decide which test to take if they are given the option.

1. The most important question is whether the school(s) to which you are applying accept either or both of the tests. If you aren’t certain, call each school’s admissions office. Don’t study for the wrong test!

2. If you can take either, is the ISEE or SSAT best for you?

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What Test Optional Really Means

  • Posted By: Jorge Garza
  • September 10, 2020
What Test Optional Really Means

This year, some K-12 independent schools have made test scores an optional part of their applications. For many schools, this change was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which introduced uncertainty around safe testing options. However, new at-home testing options for two of the most widely-used admissions exams, the ISEE and SSAT, have made testing feasible once again. Let’s take a look at what this new test-optional policy means for your application to independent schools this year.

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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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Official ISEE Practice

Test Innovators and ERB, publisher of the ISEE, have teamed up to ensure that every student has access to high-quality test preparation tools. Our organizations believe in the importance of leveling the playing field for all test takers, decreasing test-related anxiety through familiarization, and empowering students to use test prep as a learning tool.

Test Innovators’ interactive platform features full-length practice tests with immediate scoring, time management feedback, a personalized prep plan, targeted practice exercises, skill-building videos, and more.

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The 3 Steps to a Successful Test Prep Plan

  • Posted By: Celena Alduenda
  • May 20, 2020
The 3 Steps of Test Prep

Are you preparing for an admissions test? Follow our simple, 3-step plan to achieve test success!

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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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Why Our Paper Tests Don’t Come With Answer Keys

  • Posted By: Test Innovators
  • April 21, 2020

In this post, we answer the following question:

I just completed a Test Innovators test on paper. Where is the answer key to score my test?

The simple answer to this question is that raw scores are not useful and are often ambiguous. When you score a paper test with an answer key, you only get a raw score. A raw score (say, 30 out of 40 correct) and its equivalent percent correct (75%) are very misleading measures for normative tests like the SSAT and ISEE.

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Test Innovators Tutoring

  • Posted By: Melissa Kinsler
  • March 9, 2020

Test Innovators tutors are here to help your student succeed. Our tutors provide test prep, academic support or enrichment, and everything in between.

Why Test Innovators Tutoring?

Expert Tutors: We are highly selective and only work with the best. Our tutors work with hundreds of students each year.

Accessible and Flexible: Tutoring is done online so you can learn from anywhere. Our tutors have flexible schedules, so you can choose the times that work best for you.

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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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Time management is an essential skill on standardized tests, like the SSAT, ISEE, ACT, and SAT. The timing restriction is one aspect of the test designed to challenge students, but with practice you can gain the skills and strategies to master it.

Test Innovators helps students prepare for every component of the test. Learning test-taking strategies and skills, especially effective time management, is an important part of preparing for the test.

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