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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When will I get my SSAT scores?

  • Posted By: Test Innovators
  • August 6, 2020

Months of practice and three hours of testing have come to an end—you’ve completed the SSAT!

After you’ve had some well-deserved rest, your mind may return to the test, reflecting on the reading passages, rethinking the harder math questions, and obsessing over when you will receive your scores. Now that you’ve done everything you could, waiting can be difficult.

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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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You Have the Materials, but Do You Have the Tools?

  • Posted By: Test Innovators
  • April 14, 2020

The saying “practice as you’d like to perform” is applicable to so many things, especially test preparation. Practice tests are the foundation of preparation for this very reason. Practice tests help simulate test day and expose you to the content and structure of the test.

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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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SSAT Test Day

  • Posted By: Brenna O'Neill
  • February 7, 2020

The day before the test, relax, read a book, get some exercise, and get plenty of sleep. In fact, you should prioritize sleep the entire week before the test as those earlier nights’ sleep will be critical.

On the morning of the test, wake up with ample time to eat a good breakfast and to arrive at the test center at least 30 minutes prior to the start of testing.

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