Test Innovators Blog

How to Succeed on the SSAT: Part II

  • Posted By: Nora Martin
  • September 17, 2014

General Tips

When to Guess

The first thing to know for the Middle or Upper level SSAT is when to guess. You need to understand each question well enough to be able to cross off at least one answer choice. Otherwise, omit the question as there is a ¼ point guessing penalty.

How to Bubble (if you're taking the test on paper)

Bubble-in Separately
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Three Reasons Why an ISEE Diagnostic Is Crucial

  • Posted By: Geoff Dennis
  • September 17, 2014

Most students can tell you all about their favorite subject in school. Some kids love reading and writing stories, while others are enthralled by a perfectly puzzling math question.

These individual preferences can often correlate with a child’s success on certain ISEE sections, but it’s essential to thoroughly assess a student’s skills when it comes to taking the test itself. There’s really no better way to diagnose your child’s strengths and weaknesses than with a full-length ISEE practice test.

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How to Succeed on the SSAT: Part I

  • Posted By: Nora Martin
  • September 16, 2014

Reading Comprehension Section

Cover Up Answer Choices

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How to Use our ISEE Diagnostic Tools

  • Posted By: Geoff Dennis
  • September 9, 2014
Most people know that it’s important to take a few practice tests before the real exam, but what’s really crucial is learning from that practice. And sometimes that’s easier said than done.

Our team of ISEE educators and tech gurus have created an easy-to-use, online system that offers instant feedback on how your student can improve.

To make the most of our diagnostic system:
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SSAT Test Success: How You Can Help Your Child

  • Posted By: Nora Martin
  • September 3, 2014

Physically:

  • Get resources: full-length SSAT practice tests, level-appropriate vocabulary lists, a watch for test day (and practice sections!), a quiet place to complete timed sections
  • Help students eat well, sleep well, and exercise often
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Doodle while we work #5

  • Posted By: Edan Shahar
  • August 28, 2014

More about ISEE Reading Comprehension

  • Posted By: Nora Martin
  • August 18, 2014

The Reading Comprehension (RC) section of the ISEE test is intended to test students' abilities to answer questions about short reading passages in a limited timeframe. Depending on the level, the ISEE RC section consists of 5 or 6 approximately 25-75 line-numbered passages with 5 or 6 questions per passage. While students don’t need “outside information” to score well in this section (as questions are about the provided passages), many students are challenged by limited time, difficulty in understanding certain question types, and advanced vocabulary. Read More


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