Independent School Admissions

School Profile: St. Bernard's School

  • Posted By: Geoff Dennis
  • January 14, 2019
We talked with Kaley Bell, Secondary School Advisor at St. Bernard's School, about what sets the school apart. 
 
Location: New York, New York
 
 
Grades Served: Kindergarten through 9th grade
 
Student Body: About 40 students per grade in K-8, 4 students in 9th grade
 
 
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Can I retake the SSAT?

  • Posted By: Jordyn Vandeleur
  • January 2, 2019
Riverdale
How many times can you take the SSAT?
 
Even the most prepared test takers can have an off day. It could start at breakfast when you run out of milk and end up eating dry cereal. Or perhaps you tossed and turned all night, unable to sleep. Or maybe everything is going great until you get to the test, sit down and find your seat keeps wobbling and squeaking and your pencil won’t stop breaking.
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How to prepare for the SSAT or ISEE with just one week

  • Posted By: Erin Lynch
  • December 27, 2018

If you’re trying to get ready for the ISEE or SSAT in a week or less, keep your study plan as simple as possible. You are not going to be able to learn hundreds of vocabulary words or new math concepts in a few days, so it’s best to focus on general strategies and techniques.

Here are some tips for last-minute test preparation:

1. Take a full-length practice test—or two!

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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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What are the sections of the ISEE?

  • Posted By: Jordyn Vandeleur
  • December 18, 2018
Pizza, sliced into sections (get it?)

Verbal Reasoning

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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 Secondary 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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Preparing Your Child for Private School Interviews

  • Posted By: Erin Lynch
  • December 6, 2018

If your child is applying to private schools, an important factor in their admissions will be the interview. While each student will have a unique experience with the interview, you can still help them to prepare.

1. Research the School

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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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