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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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The SAT Essay

  • Posted By: Celena Alduenda
  • February 13, 2020

The SAT Essay section is optional, but some schools require it—be sure to check your prospective schools’ application instructions. The team here at Test Innovators wants to ensure you are fully prepared for all parts of the test, including the Essay section.

The SAT Essay section includes one passage and a standard writing prompt. The first part of the prompt is as follows:

“As you read the passage below, consider how [the author] uses

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The ACT Writing Section

  • Posted By: Celena Alduenda
  • February 11, 2020

The ACT Writing section is optional, but some schools require it—be sure to check your prospective schools’ application instructions. The team here at Test Innovators wants to ensure you are fully prepared for all parts of the test, including the Writing section.

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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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SSAT Math Strategies

  • Posted By: Brenna O'Neill
  • February 6, 2020

Read Carefully

One of the most common mistakes on the SSAT is misreading a question, usually due to reading too quickly. Be sure to take a few extra seconds on every question to avoid careless errors.

Underline important information

Underline words and numbers indicating the quantities, relationships, and calculations (less than, twice, product, etc.) that you’ll need to answer the question. Words like “not” can be easily missed and completely change what you’re supposed to find in the question!

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SSAT Testing Cancellations in Light of the Coronavirus

  • Posted By: Melissa Kinsler
  • February 6, 2020

Are you taking the SSAT on Saturday, February 8th? The following information may impact you.

Due to the recent coronavirus outbreak, The Enrollment Management Association (EMA), makers of the SSAT, is taking preventative steps to ensure the safety of students, test center administrators and proctors, members, and employees. They are closing test centers in impacted areas and requiring a completed Travel Declaration from anyone entering their testing centers for the Saturday, February 8th test.

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SSAT Reading Strategies

  • Posted By: Brenna O'Neill
  • February 5, 2020

Find Evidence

The most important rule of reading comprehension is that the passage will always provide all of the information needed to answer the question. This means that reading comprehension is really like a scavenger hunt, and your objective is to get as good as possible at sleuthing, finding the lines that give the answer to the question as quickly as possible.

If any part of an answer choice doesn’t match the information given in the passage, it is incorrect. Even one word can make an answer choice wrong!

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Writing Strategies for the SSAT

  • Posted By: Brenna O'Neill
  • February 4, 2020
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SSAT Test-Taking Strategies

  • Posted By: Brenna O'Neill
  • January 28, 2020

Process of Elimination

The beauty of a multiple-choice test like the SSAT is that you can be sure the correct answer is there! On every question, even if you aren’t sure how to find the correct answer, see if there are answer choices you know are wrong. Eliminate these and then make an educated guess.

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