Test Innovators Blog

7 Fascinating Math Facts You Would’ve Learned at Math Camp

  • Posted By: Jordyn Vandeleur
  • January 31, 2019
warship

1. Pi is one of the most useful and most used numbers around. Most commonly, you’ll see it used in area and volume calculations, but did you know it’s also used in many professions? NASA uses pi when going to space, doctors use it in medical procedures, and even musicians use pi when studying music theory. Whether for volumes, space travel, or music, if you ever need to remember the value of pi, just think about this cool fact – it’s the word PIE, mirrored: 3.14. 

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Technology in Education

  • Posted By: Joshua Dolim
  • January 28, 2019

We've come a long way from the overhead slide projector and the ditto machine, and as technology evolves so does education. Here are 6 things we’ve found that are making waves in education.  

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5 Great Books for Middle Schoolers this Winter

  • Posted By: Jordyn Vandeleur
  • January 22, 2019
some books

We are more than halfway through January and (depending where you are) days are short, skies are grey, and temperatures are low. All of this combines to make it the perfect time of year to curl up inside with a blanket and a good book. We spoke with middle school teachers to compile five of their most highly recommended books.

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

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School Profile: St. Bernard's School

  • Posted By: Geoff Dennis
  • January 14, 2019
We talked with Kaley Bell, Secondary School Advisor at St. Bernard's School, about what sets the school apart. 
 
Location: New York, New York
 
 
Grades Served: Kindergarten through 9th grade
 
Student Body: About 40 students per grade in K-8, 4 students in 9th grade
 
 
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Can I retake the SSAT?

  • Posted By: Jordyn Vandeleur
  • January 2, 2019
Riverdale
How many times can you take the SSAT?
 
Even the most prepared test takers can have an off day. It could start at breakfast when you run out of milk and end up eating dry cereal. Or perhaps you tossed and turned all night, unable to sleep. Or maybe everything is going great until you get to the test, sit down and find your seat keeps wobbling and squeaking and your pencil won’t stop breaking.
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How to prepare for the SSAT or ISEE with just one week

  • Posted By: Erin Lynch
  • December 27, 2018

If you’re trying to get ready for the ISEE or SSAT in a week or less, keep your study plan as simple as possible. You are not going to be able to learn hundreds of vocabulary words or new math concepts in a few days, so it’s best to focus on general strategies and techniques.

Here are some tips for last-minute test preparation:

1. Take a full-length practice test—or two!

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Scott Duddy: How to Decide Which School to Attend Next Year

  • Posted By: Geoff Dennis
  • December 19, 2018
Dexter Southfield School

Scott Duddy is the Director of Admissions & Enrollment Management at Dexter Southfield School in Brookline, Massachusetts, and brings with him 14 years of professional experience in the world of independent schools. He has served as a secondary school counselor at The Fessenden School and as Director of Financial Aid at Westminster School.

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What are the sections of the ISEE?

  • Posted By: Jordyn Vandeleur
  • December 18, 2018
Pizza, sliced into sections (get it?)

Verbal Reasoning

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Should you add score recipients when you register?

  • Posted By: Joshua Dolim
  • December 13, 2018

When you’re registering for the ISEE or SSAT, you’re going to come across a step that prompts you to enter any schools that you want to have your scores sent to. Even though it’s optional, it might look like it’s a required step, so a lot of people just enter the schools without a second thought. It can definitely be convenient to automatically have your scores sent to schools because then you can just take the test and have it be done with. And it's so easy to set up!

But what if you get your scores back and feel like you could do better?

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Director of Admissions Greg Jones's Advice for Parents

  • Posted By: Geoff Dennis
  • December 12, 2018
Lake Washington

Greg Jones is in his 34th year in education. Currently, he’s in his 8th year as Director of Enrollment Management and Admissions at Epiphany School in Seattle. Prior to his current role, Greg was a middle school humanities teacher, department chair, and admissions committee member at The Northwest School.

In this conversation with Test Innovators' CEO, Greg talks about his experience helping 8th graders find the best high school fit, and offers his advice for parents as they navigate the admissions process.

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