Test Innovators Blog

Data Analysis: How our test takers performed by state

  • Posted By: Sam Coulter
  • August 28, 2015
Over the summer, we've been poring over the tens of thousands of data points we attained from our ISEE practice test system this year. We were interested to see how students performed by question type, especially when it came to geographic location. We found that five states were the top performers on all sections of the ISEE, but there were slight variations in their relative strengths. Here is a map of the top five states--New York, Massachusetts, California, Texas, and Washington--by ISEE section: Read More

Where do top-performing SSAT practice test takers come from?

  • Posted By: Sam Coulter
  • August 19, 2015
This is the first in a series of posts where we explore the data trends from our 2014-15 SSAT practice tests. In this installment, we'll see which US states' test takers had the strongest performances.

Performance by SSAT Section

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Did grade level affect performance on ISEE practice tests?

  • Posted By: Sam Coulter
  • August 7, 2015

This is the first in a three-part series of data analysis posts. We wanted to investigate how a student's grade level affected their performance on our ISEE tests. {C}In the first part, we'll show you our findings about fifth versus sixth grade performance.

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SSAT Featured School #1: Pingree

  • Posted By: Geoff Dennis
  • July 22, 2015
In our Featured School series, we’ll be profiling some of the schools that use the SSAT as part of their admissions package. We hope to demonstrate the enormous diversity of competitive schools in the US, Canada, and abroad.

The first school we drew out of our hat is Pingree in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. Let’s take a look.

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ISEE School of the Week #1: Pingry

  • Posted By: Geoff Dennis
  • July 21, 2015

In our School of the Week series, we’ll be profiling some of the schools that use the ISEE as part of their admissions package. We hope to demonstrate the enormous diversity of competitive schools in the US, Canada, and abroad.

The first school we drew out of our hat is The Pingry School in New Jersey. Let’s take a look.

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The Hardest ISEE Math Problem

  • Posted By: Geoff Dennis
  • May 28, 2015

STUMPERS Volume 2: Inches away.

In this series of posts, we will explore some of our practice questions that have stumped a remarkable number of students. We hope to highlight some common mistakes and how to avoid them on the official test.

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What's the difference? State Achievement Exams vs. the ISEE

  • Posted By: Geoff Dennis
  • April 3, 2015
Families across the nation have become familiar with mandatory state achievement tests.

While some private school students remain fairly inexperienced with standardized testing, the majority of students, and certainly those in public schools, are all too acquainted with various achievement test acronyms.

How does the ISEE differ from mandatory achievement tests?

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How to nail the ISEE's essay

  • Posted By: Geoff Dennis
  • February 11, 2015

We get a lot of questions about the essay section of the ISEE. In truth, the essay is a bit of an enigma. First off, it is not graded, but instead is sent to the schools to which your student is applying. For that reason, the criteria for a good essay can vary widely. Some schools see the ISEE's essay is a crucial part of the overall application, while others don’t put very much emphasis on it at all.

Even with this caveat in mind, prepping for the essay can be just as important as practicing the ISEE’s multiple-choice sections. But what makes a good essay?

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4 reasons why a private school may be right for your child

  • Posted By: Geoff Dennis
  • October 16, 2014
1. Small class sizes: Many public schools hire terrific teachers, but when the funding (or lack thereof) dictates class sizes of 30 students or more, your student may not be getting the personal attention he or she deserves. At most private schools, you get what you pay for: small class sizes and individualized instruction so that your student can make the most of his or her time in class. Read More

What's a good score on the SSAT?

  • Posted By: Nora Martin
  • September 18, 2014
First off, have you called the admissions offices of the top schools in your area? Many have the same answer regarding SSAT scores:
  • Test scores are just one aspect of a student’s application.
  • There are no cut-offs.
  • Most of our students’ scores are in the 70s-90s percentiles (perhaps fewer scores in the 70s for some elite schools).
  • Even students in the 99th percentile are not necessarily admitted.
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