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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When will I get my SSAT scores?

  • Posted By: Jordyn Vandeleur
  • November 20, 2018
Months of practice and nearly three hours of testing have come to an end—you’ve completed the SSAT! 
As you exit the testing room, release a big sigh of relief and let thoughts of bubble sheets leave your mind. Maybe even think about what you’ll be eating for a celebratory dinner. 
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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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What is the SSAT Experimental Section?

  • Posted By: Jordyn Vandeleur
  • November 6, 2018

You’ve done it! You’ve made it through 5 sections, 150 questions, one essay, and over 2 and a half hours of testing. You may be ready to go home and take a well-deserved nap (or run around after sitting for so long) but before you breathe a deep sigh of relief, there’s one final section.

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How Long Are My SSAT Scores Valid?

  • Posted By: Joshua Dolim
  • October 31, 2018

If you took the SSAT really early in the year and got stellar scores, you might not feel like taking the test again.

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How Long Is the SSAT?

  • Posted By: Annie van Hees
  • October 26, 2018

The Middle Level SSAT and the Upper Level SSAT take a total of 2 hours and 50 minutes, including two breaks between sections and the experimental section at the end.

Here's the breakdown:



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