Test Innovators Blog

How to Browse for ISEE Test Dates

  • Posted By: Geoff Dennis
  • October 30, 2018

Still haven't registered for the ISEE? Check out our list of ISEE test dates around the country. 

Once you know when and where you would like to take the test, you can head to the official testing body's website, www.iseetest.org, to register. Make sure that you don't wait too long to sign up for a test date; many testing sites fill up very quickly.

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School Profile: Dexter Southfield

  • Posted By: Geoff Dennis
  • October 29, 2018

We talked with Scott Duddy, Director of Admissions & Enrollment Management at Dexter Southfield, about what sets his school apart.

Location: Brookline, Massachusetts

Website: http://www.dextersouthfield.org

Grades Served: PK through 12

Student Body: 882 students (356 in grades PK-5, 233 in grades 6-8, 293 in grades 9-12)

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How Long Is the SSAT?

  • Posted By: Annie van Hees
  • October 26, 2018

The Middle Level SSAT and the Upper Level SSAT take a total of 3 hours and 5 minutes, including two breaks between sections and the experimental section at the end.

Here's the breakdown:



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When Is Boarding School the Right Choice?

  • Posted By: Geoff Dennis
  • October 25, 2018

What kind of family should consider boarding school? In this clip from our CEO's conversation with placement expert Neal Kamsler, Neal discusses how traditional wisdom about boarding schools may not hold water.

For 21 years, Neal Kamsler was Head of Upper School at Allen-Stevenson School in New York City. He now serves as Senior Director of Placement at Oliver Scholars, a non-profit educational access organization. Listen to the full school admissions conversation here.

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

  • Posted By: Jordyn Vandeleur
  • October 24, 2018
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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An Admissions Chat with Placement Expert Neal Kamsler

  • Posted By: Geoff Dennis
  • October 22, 2018

Neal Kamsler has worked in New York City independent schools for 35 years, including 21 years as Head of Upper School at Allen-Stevenson School. He also serves as Senior Director of Placement at Oliver Scholars, an educational access organization based in Manhattan. Test Innovators' CEO, Edan Shahar, sits down with Neal to discuss independent school admissions: choosing the right school for your child, misconceptions about boarding school, and how admissions departments decide who to accept.

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5 Ways to Beat Test Prep Stress

  • Posted By: Erin Lynch
  • October 19, 2018

You have the big test coming up next month, and every time you sit down to study you get nervous. So nervous, in fact, that it’s hard to focus on the material. It’s just so overwhelming! While a little stress actually helps you perform better, too much anxiety surrounding test prep isn’t helpful for anyone.

Here are a few foolproof methods to help alleviate stress during the test prep process. Reduce anxiety and tackle this challenge head-on. You got this!

1. Have a plan for your practice.

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What's a good score on the ISEE?

  • Posted By: Joshua Dolim
  • October 16, 2018

So you’ve taken an initial ISEE practice test, and when you get your score back you’re not really sure what it means.


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How Bertschi School Uses Test Prep to Conquer Test Anxiety

  • Posted By: Geoff Dennis
  • October 15, 2018

Pam Lauritzen is the Director of Enrollment Management at Bertschi School in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Two hundred and forty Pre-K through 5th-grade students attend this 42-year-old community-centered school where curriculum integrates core academics with art, technology, science, dance, music and drama. Students learn across disciplines through an education grounded in the unique talents within each child.

Bertschi and Test Prep

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How many times can I retake the ISEE?

  • Posted By: Joshua Dolim
  • October 12, 2018
Even when you plan ahead and have every detail for test day accounted for, things can go wrong. 
You went to bed early, but couldn’t sleep. 
You ate a good breakfast, but your stomach is upset.
You got sick and woke up with a stuffy nose.
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