Test Innovators Blog

9 Cutting-Edge STEM & STEAM Programs in 2018

  • Posted By: Hannah Grandine
  • February 8, 2018
A student at the Acera School creating interactive storytelling using Twine.

Over the last couple decades, the United States has placed increasing emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. In recent years, some programs have added Art (STEAM), generally placing a greater focus on creativity and design thinking. Regardless of the exact composition of the program, the objective is the same: to provide students with the skills necessary to not only be successful in the modern world, but also to shape the future.

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How Early Prep Helps Educators Set Students Up for Success

  • Posted By: Hannah Grandine
  • February 2, 2018
A calendar with dates for a student to plan out their preparation for their test date!

We all know that cramming before a test is not the best strategy for success, especially when it comes to exams like the ISEE or SSAT that could affect a student’s academic future. So, when is the best time to start preparing? Short answer: early. Longer answer: at least six to eight months before test day.

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What does it mean for a school application to be holistic?

  • Posted By: Hannah Grandine
  • January 24, 2018
The mailboxes which you wait for all of your independent school acceptance letters to be delivered to!

As you research the admissions process for different independent and private schools, you may notice that many schools’ admissions offices mention a holistic review process. What does this mean exactly, and how does it affect your application specifically?

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Test Innovators Launches SAT Prep Platform

  • Posted By: Michael Eisen
  • January 18, 2018
Test Innovators SAT Prep for Success

That's right -- Test Innovators has officially launched SAT prep!

Test Innovators now has a brand-new test prep platform for the SAT, the college admissions exam taken by over 1.7 million students each year. The platform uses personalized data-driven technology to help students focus on only the areas that need improvement, making preparation as efficient as possible.

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How to Build Your ACT Success Plan

  • Posted By: Hannah Grandine
  • January 12, 2018
A student carrying a backpack walking up a long road which leads to a cloud covered mountain. The mountain is labeled "The ACT" with an arrow pointing to a high position on the mountain.

The ACT may seem like an overwhelming hurdle in your college application process. For years, it has been hyped up as one of the most important aspects of your application, and now that it's finally time to start preparing for the test, you may not be sure where to begin. However, your test prep process doesn't have to be overwhelming. Here's our simple, three-step process to craft a fool-proof ACT success strategy.

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Interpreting Your ISEE Score Report

  • Posted By: Tara Pegasus
  • January 11, 2018
A student studying at a desk with a notebook and a laptop, likely studying for the ISEE or a similar test.

After all your work preparing for the ISEE, it can be daunting to receive your results. What do all those numbers mean? Here’s a guide to untangling the scores and symbols in your report.

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7 Schools With Unique Programs You Want to Check Out

  • Posted By: Hannah Grandine
  • January 10, 2018
A student balancing on an airplane wing after learning to fly a plane through Randolph-Macon Academy's flight program.

Some schools are breaking barriers with their alternative models for education, unique programs and projects, forward-thinking, and innovation. If you haven't considered non-traditional programs, these schools may be worth exploring.

Here are seven of our favorites:

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SSAT or ISEE?

  • Posted By: Edan Shahar
  • December 30, 2017
SSAT vs. ISEE
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? Read More

How to Prepare for the ISEE in a Week or Less

  • Posted By: Hannah Grandine
  • December 27, 2017
A person holding a small analog stand-up clock, likely considering the amount of time they have left to take the ISEE.

We’ll start off by saying this: we do not endorse postponing your preparation to the last minute if you have the option to start earlier. At Test Innovators, we recommend starting your preparation at least six to eight months prior to your test date. This gives you ample time to become familiar with the content and structure of the test well ahead of your test date, and to figure out what specifically you may need to work on to improve your scores.

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How to Retake the SSAT Like a Pro

  • Posted By: Hannah Grandine
  • December 27, 2017
A student carrying books and a backpack who is ready to ace their retake of the SSAT.

Retaking the SSAT can seem like a real pain. You’ve already taken the nearly three-hour test once — is it really worth it to give up a Saturday morning and countless nights studying just to take the same test again?

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