Test Innovators Blog

School Profile: Proctor Academy

  • Posted By: Geoff Dennis
  • November 28, 2018

We talked with Scott Allenby of Proctor Academy about what families love about Proctor. 

Location: Andover, New Hampshire

Website: https://www.proctoracademy.org/

Grades Served: 9 through 12

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How to Prepare over Thanksgiving Break

  • Posted By: Brenna O'Neill
  • November 21, 2018

Do you have an upcoming December or January test date? Here are our recommendations for your prep.


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When will I get my SSAT scores?

  • Posted By: Jordyn Vandeleur
  • November 20, 2018
Months of practice and nearly three hours of testing have come to an end—you’ve completed the SSAT! 
As you exit the testing room, release a big sigh of relief and let thoughts of bubble sheets leave your mind. Maybe even think about what you’ll be eating for a celebratory dinner. 
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How Long Do I Have to Wait for My ISEE Scores?

  • Posted By: Joshua Dolim
  • November 15, 2018

Once you've taken the ISEE, it can be pretty nerve wracking not knowing how long it’ll take to get your scores back.

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Everything You Need to Know About the ISEE and SSAT

  • Posted By: Brenna O'Neill
  • November 13, 2018

The ISEE and SSAT are a crucial part of the admissions process for many independent schools. 

Test Innovators' education team recently ran webinars that answered our most frequently asked questions about these tests. If you missed the webinars, you're in luck!

Check out the recorded webinars to learn the details of each test, how test scores are used, and best practices for preparation. The webinars show sample test questions as well as strategies to tackle every section of the test.

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Introducing ISEE & SSAT Proctor Videos

  • Posted By: Brenna O'Neill
  • November 8, 2018

Simulating the official testing experience is a critical part of the preparation process. This helps students mitigate any testing anxiety because they know exactly what to expect, and it helps them practice managing their time on a rigorous exam.

For this reason, we have created online proctor videos so that students can have their own virtual proctor!

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School Profile: Eastside Catholic School

  • Posted By: Geoff Dennis
  • November 7, 2018

We talked with Karen Hatch of Eastside Catholic School about what makes students excited about EC. 

Location: Sammamish, Washington

Website: https://www.eastsidecatholic.org/

Grades Served: 6 through 12

Student Body: Approximately 70 per grade in the middle school, 170 per grade in the high school.

What makes your school unique?

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What is the SSAT Experimental Section?

  • Posted By: Jordyn Vandeleur
  • November 6, 2018

You’ve done it! You’ve made it through 5 sections, 150 questions, one essay, and over 2 and a half hours of testing. You may be ready to go home and take a well-deserved nap (or run around after sitting for so long) but before you breathe a deep sigh of relief, there’s one final section.

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How Do Test Scores Affect Your Application?

  • Posted By: Geoff Dennis
  • November 5, 2018

Are teacher recommendations, grades, or test scores more important for your overall application? In this clip from our CEO's chat with placement expert Neal Kamsler, Neal talks about the different ways that schools might look at your ISEE & SSAT scores, and how those scores fit into the final decision. 

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Great Books for Building Vocabulary

  • Posted By: Erin Lynch
  • November 1, 2018

Although your child could cram lots of word lists to learn new vocabulary quickly, the best way to build vocabulary is simply to read: read a lot, read often, read widely, and read for fun! Children who encounter new words in the context of a story more readily pick up on the meaning of the words. You can also have your child keep a word list as they read, adding to it every time they come across an unknown word.

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