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ISEE Verbal Reasoning

  • Posted By: Nora Martin
  • August 7, 2014

The Verbal Reasoning (VR) section of the ISEE test is intended to assess a student’s vocabulary, ability to identify synonyms, and ability to solve the verbal puzzles known as sentence completions. The questions in VR are all multiple-choice. The first half consists of synonyms, and the second half consists of sentence completions, which are each a sentence with one or two blanks followed by four answer choices.

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ISEE Mathematics Achievement

  • Posted By: Nora Martin
  • July 23, 2014
The Mathematics Achievement (MA) section of the ISEE Test is intended to reflect curriculum related questions, in contrast to the Quantitative Reasoning section which is intended to measure students’ reasoning abilities. While many students struggle more with the Quantitative Reasoning math section, some students find the Mathematics Achievement section to be very difficult, especially because it is the sections with the most questions per allotted time. Read More

Doodle while we work #4

  • Posted By: Edan Shahar
  • July 10, 2014

ISEE Quantitative Reasoning

  • Posted By: Nora Martin
  • July 9, 2014
The Quantitative Reasoning (QR) section of the ISEE Test is intended to test the mathematical reasoning abilities of students. However, there is still a fair amount of grade level knowledge that students must master to excel on the Quantitative Reasoning section and many students find this section very difficult. Read More

Arthur Benjamin and the Magic of Numbers

  • Posted By: Edan Shahar
  • June 12, 2014
Students are required to learn mathematics, starting in first grade and continuing through most of high school. While we may not all enjoy math, there is no denying the beauty present in it. The Fibonacci sequence embodies this beauty.

Here is a short video by Arthur Benjamin called “The Magic of Fibonacci numbers.” He explains how the Fibonacci sequence works, and all the different ways it is present in math and nature. We hope this makes you excited to study math and discover just how present it is all around us!
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Go for it!

  • Posted By: Edan Shahar
  • May 29, 2014

Doodle while we work #3

  • Posted By: Edan Shahar
  • May 23, 2014

A little inspiration for education

  • Posted By: Edan Shahar
  • May 22, 2014

ISEE top tips

  • Posted By: Nora Martin
  • May 12, 2014


ISEE Pacing – Correct pacing is one of the most important skills to master. While different questions may take more or less time to answer, you don’t want to spend more than a couple minutes on any one question (unless you’re done with all others). On the essay, it’s essential to learn how to outline and write out 4 to 5 paragraphs in 30 minutes; hence, practice is critical! Read More