Test Innovators Blog

The SSAT at Home: What to Expect

  • Posted By: Celena Alduenda
  • September 28, 2020

The SSAT is now being offered at home, making it safe and convenient for students to take this important admissions test. The SSAT at Home is offered every Saturday, as well as a few Sundays, and can be taken up to five times per year. The SSAT at Home is the same test as the traditional SSAT— the only difference is that the test is administered on the computer rather than on paper.

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What are the sections of the SSAT? (Middle & Upper Levels)

  • Posted By: Test Innovators
  • September 28, 2020
The Middle and Upper Level SSAT have six total sections. Two are unscored: the Writing Sample and the Experimental Section. The other four are scored: the two Quantitative (Math) Sections, the Reading Section, and the Verbal Section.
 
Writing Sample
 
While the Writing Sample isn’t scored, it will be sent to the schools you’re applying to. This section gives you a chance to express yourself and gives the school a chance to see your writing skills and style.
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2020-2021 SAT Test Dates

  • Posted By: Jorge Garza
  • September 25, 2020

The 2020-2021 SAT Test Dates are officially here!

 

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2020-2021 ACT Test Dates

  • Posted By: Jorge Garza
  • September 25, 2020

The 2020-2021 ACT Test Dates are officially here!

 

 

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SSAT or ISEE?

  • Posted By: Test Innovators
  • September 15, 2020

We are often asked about the differences between the ISEE and SSAT. We’ve put together a definitive guide to help families decide which test to take if they are given the option.

1. The most important question is whether the school(s) to which you are applying accept either or both of the tests. If you aren’t certain, call each school’s admissions office. Don’t study for the wrong test!

2. If you can take either, is the ISEE or SSAT best for you?

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How to Read an SSAT Score Report

  • Posted By: Test Innovators
  • September 10, 2020

So you’ve taken the SSAT and received your score report, but what does everything mean? The SSAT score report has two primary measures of performance: scaled scores and percentile scores.

Scaled Scores

On the Elementary level, students receive 1 point for questions answered correctly and 0 points for questions answered incorrectly or left unanswered. On the Middle and Upper levels, students receive 1 point for question answered correctly, lose ¼ of a point for questions answered incorrectly, and receive 0 points for questions left unanswered.

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What Test Optional Really Means

  • Posted By: Jorge Garza
  • September 10, 2020
What Test Optional Really Means

This year, some K-12 independent schools have made test scores an optional part of their applications. For many schools, this change was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which introduced uncertainty around safe testing options. However, new at-home testing options for two of the most widely-used admissions exams, the ISEE and SSAT, have made testing feasible once again. Let’s take a look at what this new test-optional policy means for your application to independent schools this year.

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Meet Jacques

  • Posted By: Celena Alduenda
  • September 10, 2020

Meet Jacques

We are excited to introduce Jacques, one of our 2020 A Better Chance Scholars. Jacques’s diligence and self discipline allowed him to score in the 99th percentile on the SSAT.

Jacques enjoys spending time with his friends, playing video games, and watching educational videos about historic events. He also recently started playing basketball. In the winter, Jacques takes every possible opportunity to go snowboarding, which is something he likes to do with his grandparents.

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Meet Jacqlene

  • Posted By: Celena Alduenda
  • September 8, 2020

Meet Jacqlene

We are pleased to introduce Jacqlene, one of our 2020 A Better Chance Scholars. Jacqlene’s hard work and determination allowed her to increase her SSAT score by 45 percentile points!

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Meet Cesar

  • Posted By: Celena Alduenda
  • September 3, 2020

Meet Cesar

We are excited to introduce Cesar, one of our 2020 A Better Chance Scholars. Cesar’s hard work and dedication allowed him to increase his SSAT score by 61 percentile points!

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