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The ISEE Essay Section: What To Expect


About the ISEE Essay Section

Did you make it through the ISEE’s four multiple-choice sections? You’re not quite done yet!

The fifth and final section on the ISEE is an essay section. Students are given 30 minutes to write an essay in response to a single prompt. Although the essay is not graded, as we’ll discuss below, it is still a critical part of the test.

A sample of a few of Los Angeles' most competitive schools.

Greater Los Angeles' Most Competitive Schools of 2017

Test Innovators has helped over 65,000 students prepare for the standardized tests required for admission to the most competitive independent schools in the country since 2012. Every year we review our data to determine that year's most competitive schools. Below is our list of the 10 most competitive schools in the Greater LA area, based on the number of students who stated their intention to apply in 2017.

A collage of three of New York's most competitive schools of 2017.

New York's Most Competitive Schools of 2017

Test Innovators has helped more than 65,000 students prepare for the standardized tests required for admission to the most competitive independent schools in the country. Below is our updated list of the 15 most competitive schools in New York, based on the number of students who stated their intention to apply in 2017.

A collage of three of the most competitive middle schools of 2017.

The 25 Most Competitive Middle Schools of 2017

Since 2012, Test Innovators has helped more than 65,000 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 schools that students are most interested in applying to.

This year's results have arrived! Below is a list of the top 25 most sought-after middle schools, based on the number of students who stated their intention to apply in 2017.

A Tale of Paper & Diagnostics: Timed Paper Test Mode

Test Innovators has yet another test prep innovation that we’re excited to share with you – Timed Paper Test Mode.

ISEE Tricks

For Halloween, we decided to offer up some of our best test taking tricks! We have devoured the brains of our expert tutors, and here are a few to get started with! One per section, and there are more where these came from - just ask!

The 25 Most Competitive High Schools of 2017

Over the past five years, Test Innovators has helped more than 60,000 students prepare for the SSAT and the ISEE, the high school 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 2017 results are here! Below is a list of the top 25 most sought-after high schools, based on the number of students who stated their intention to apply in 2017.

The Hardest ISEE Verbal Problem

STUMPERS Volume 1: To choose or not to choose.

In this series of posts, we will explore some of our practice questions that have stumped a remarkable number of students. We hope to highlight some common mistakes and how to avoid them on the official test.

For our first installment, we’ll look at the ISEE question with the very lowest correct rate out of more than 4,000 practice questions on our tests.

So here’s the question, from one of our Middle Level practice exams. See if you can fill in the blank with the correct word:

Research shows practice tests defend memory against stress

New research shows that test simulations can help protect memory against the negative effects of stress.

In a study at Tufts University, student participants learned a series of 30 words and images. They studied either by taking practice tests, or by the traditional study method of reading over the material to memorize it. They were then asked to recall what they had learned in a stressful scenario (in front of two judges, three peers, and a video camera), and in a less stressful scenario.

The ISEE: What You Need to Know Webinar

Yesterday evening our Director of Education Brenna O'Neill educated the masses on everything you need to know about the ISEE; from test content to the strategies you need to succeed on the official test. You can view the recording below:

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