Test Innovators Blog

ACT Timing: Why is Time Management so Important on the ACT?

  • Posted By: Hannah Grandine
  • November 15, 2017
An ACT bubble sheet with a pencil lying on top of it.

The ACT, like many standardized tests, is designed in order for colleges to be able to clearly see the academic differences between the one million and a half students who take the same test each year. In order to have a standard for doing so, the test must be designed to result in a variation of scores.

A common technique to design a test like this is to not only have complicated questions, but also an unforgiving time limit, making it difficult for any student to answer all of the questions correctly in the amount of time they are given.

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STUMPERS: The Hardest SSAT Verbal Question

  • Posted By: Geoff Dennis
  • November 15, 2017
A collage of many road signs with question marks on them symbolizing the questions on the SSAT.

The SSAT’s analogies are one of the very hardest parts of the test, especially for first-time test takers. To perform well on the analogies section, students not only must be adept at finding relationships between concepts, but also must have a solid mastery of above-grade-level vocabulary.

The Test Innovators platform gathers and provides data on how many students answer each question correctly, and we were curious to see which SSAT Upper Level verbal question stumped the greatest percentage of students.

First, check out this question – can you answer it correctly?

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All About The Character Skills Snapshot

  • Posted By: Annie van Hees
  • November 12, 2017
A student who may be taking the Character Skills Snapshots for admissions this year.

Applying for a school that requires the Character Skills Snapshot for admissions? We have the 5 W’s (and the H) of the newly developed Character Skills Snapshot.

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A Tale of Paper & Diagnostics: Timed Paper Test Mode

  • Posted By: Hannah Grandine
  • November 8, 2017

Test Innovators has yet another test prep innovation that we’re excited to share with you – Timed Paper Test Mode.

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Test Innovators launches the ACT!

  • Posted By: Hannah Grandine
  • November 3, 2017
A screenshot of Test Innovators' ACT platform.

If you haven't heard yet, Test Innovators has officially launched ACT prep!

The ACT is the most widely used standardized test required for college admissions in the United States, and it's now available on the Test Innovators platform.

It's easy to get started – go to testinnovators.com/act to take a Test Innovators online practice test or grade an Official ACT Guide Red Book exam on the platform for free.

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Why you shouldn't trust an SSAT score calculator

  • Posted By: Hannah Grandine
  • November 1, 2017
An SSAT score calculator lying on top of an SSAT test.

If you know a bit about SSAT scoring, you know the importance of percentile scores, which are based on comparative performance by other students in the same grade. (Learn how to read an SSAT score report here).

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ISEE Tricks

  • Posted By: Annie van Hees
  • October 31, 2017

For Halloween, we decided to offer up some of our best test taking tricks! We have devoured the brains of our expert tutors, and here are a few to get started with! One per section, and there are more where these came from - just ask!

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SSAT Tricks

  • Posted By: Annie van Hees
  • October 31, 2017

For Halloween, we decided to offer up some of our best test taking tricks! We have devoured the brains of our expert tutors, and here are a few to get started with! One per section, and there are more where these came from - just ask!

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The 25 Most Competitive High Schools of 2017

  • Posted By: Hannah Grandine
  • October 25, 2017

Over the past five years, Test Innovators has helped more than 60,000 students prepare for the SSAT and the ISEE, the high school admissions tests required for applications to the most competitive independent schools in the country. Every year we review our data from thousands of test-takers to find out the most popular schools students are applying to.

Our long-awaited 2017 results are here! Below is a list of the top 25 most sought-after high schools, based on the number of students who stated their intention to apply in 2017.

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The Hardest ISEE Verbal Problem

  • Posted By: Geoff Dennis
  • October 24, 2017

STUMPERS Volume 1: To choose or not to choose.

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.

For our first installment, we’ll look at the ISEE question with the very lowest correct rate out of more than 4,000 practice questions on our tests.

So here’s the question, from one of our Middle Level practice exams. See if you can fill in the blank with the correct word: Read More