Test Innovators Blog

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

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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