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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.

Conquering SSAT Essay Topics

Understanding the SSAT Writing Sample:

For the first section of the SSAT, you will have 25 minutes to produce a sample of your best writing. For the writing sample, you will choose from two prompts: one is a creative prompt in the form of a partial sentence. The other is a question that provides the starting point for a more traditional essay. You should choose the topic that is most interesting to you, and that you feel confident writing!

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.

STUMPERS: The Hardest SSAT Verbal Question

The SSAT’s analogies are one of the very hardest parts of the test, especially for first-time test takers. To perform well on the analogies section, students not only must be adept at finding relationships between concepts, but also must have a solid mastery of above-grade-level vocabulary.

The Test Innovators platform gathers and provides data on how many students answer each question correctly, and we were curious to see which SSAT Upper Level verbal question stumped the greatest percentage of students.

First, check out this question – can you answer it correctly?

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.

Why you shouldn't trust an SSAT score calculator

If you know a bit about SSAT scoring, you know the importance of percentile scores, which are based on comparative performance by other students in the same grade. (Learn how to read an SSAT score report here).

SSAT 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.

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 SSAT: What You Need to Know Webinar

Yesterday Test Innovators' Director of Education Brenna O'Neill revealed the strategies and secrets she and her team of highly experienced tutors have developed over years of preparing students for the SSAT. You can view the recording below:

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