Test Innovators Blog

5 tips for a perfect exam day

  • Posted By: Nora Martin
  • March 22, 2014
  • Drink up: Make a point to drink enough water on your exam day.
  • Don’t stay up: Many people stay up late the night before an exam. This leaves our brains exhausted the next day, which can affect exam performance. Getting plenty of sleep before exams is a must.
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How is the ISEE essay graded?

  • Posted By: Nora Martin
  • February 3, 2014
Many of my students ask me how the ISEE essay is graded. I answer: It is not “graded” but rather sent to the schools to which you apply.

So, who reads your essay? People who work in admissions at your schools of choice.

The 30-minute timed ISEE essay is their opportunity to see how you write without any assistance or adult editors.

What do they look for?

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ISEE Reading Comprehension

  • Posted By: Nora Martin
  • January 3, 2014
For many students, the ISEE’s Reading Comprehension section is daunting.

Students have about five minutes to read each of a handful of passages and answer their adjoining questions.

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Why is the ISEE test difficult?

  • Posted By: Nora Martin
  • December 3, 2013

What makes tests like the ISEE or SSAT difficult?

Academic preparedness:
If you have difficulty with mathematics, reading, and writing in school, you will be significantly challenged by most standardized tests. For example, students are challenged by: Read More

SSAT doodle

  • Posted By: Edan Shahar
  • October 16, 2012