Test Innovators Blog

Big News! Test Innovators Launches the PSAT

  • Posted By: Geoff Dennis
  • September 16, 2016

Did you know that excelling on the PSAT qualifies you for special recognition and money for college? It’s true – the PSAT is actually named the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

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Guessing Strategies for ISEE Math

  • Posted By: Brenna O'Neill
  • August 24, 2016

The best-case scenario for any test is knowing how to do every problem. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. So what do you do when you’re faced with a problem you don’t understand and you truly have no idea how to even begin?

Here is a strategy that will increase the odds that you get a question right when you know nothing about the content of the question and can’t eliminate any answer choices.

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The Math Behind the SSAT's Wrong Answer Penalty

  • Posted By: Geoff Dennis
  • June 23, 2016

For many SSAT preppers, there is one test strategy that seems especially daunting: what to do about the infamous Wrong Answer Penalty.

The Wrong Answer Penalty (let’s call it the WAP) used to be the norm on most competitive standardized tests. Up until January of 2016, the SAT provided 5 answer choices per multiple-choice question and would deduct one quarter point per wrong answer. Following the lead of Advanced Placement tests and the ACT, the College Board has gotten rid of the WAP and reduced the SAT’s per-question answer choices to four.

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Top 10 Most Competitive ISEE Schools

  • Posted By: Geoff Dennis
  • May 18, 2016

Thinking of applying to one of these schools? Others are too!

Boston Latin School

#3: Boston Latin School

Here are the top 10 most competitive ISEE schools, based on the number of students who stated their intention to apply.

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ISEE Accommodations

  • Posted By: Brenna O'Neill
  • May 11, 2016

What kinds of accommodations are offered on the ISEE?

The most common accommodation is extended time – usually 50% more on each section. Prometric offices offer two extended time options, time and a half or double time.

We also offer time and a half for our practice tests so you can experience exactly what it will be like on test day!

Am I eligible for accommodations?

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Where do schools require the ISEE vs. the SSAT?

  • Posted By: Geoff Dennis
  • January 14, 2016
You may know about the content differences between the ISEE and the SSAT from our previous post here. But there are also big geographic differences. Schools in Georgia, for example, never use the ISEE for admission, while schools in Texas never ask for SSAT scores. Check out this map to see which states prefer the ISEE over the SSAT (click to enlarge). Read More

America's Prep School Presidents

  • Posted By: Geoff Dennis
  • December 9, 2015

Many influential people have attended North America's wide range of independent schools. Six of them have become president! Let's take a look at these prep school Presidents.
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Which SSAT section is most important?

  • Posted By: Geoff Dennis
  • November 4, 2015
We get a lot of questions about the particular knowledge requirements on the SSAT, but this one is the most common: which SSAT section is the most crucial to a successful application? And as with any other question, we’ve turned to our extensive data to find the answer. Read More

What is the most important ISEE section?

  • Posted By: Geoff Dennis
  • October 27, 2015
Parents often ask us which ISEE section is the most important to a competitive application. It’s also a question we like to discuss with our internal team and with our network of tutors and school administrators. And as with everything else, we’ve analyzed our data to find the answer to this question.

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Video: How to Succeed on the SSAT

  • Posted By: Nora Martin
  • October 15, 2015
See how our SSAT practice system helps students around the world achieve admission to their top-choice schools. Read More