Test Innovators Blog

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


Research shows practice tests defend memory against stress

  • Posted By: Hannah Grandine
  • October 19, 2017

New research shows that test simulations can help protect memory against the negative effects of stress.

In a study at Tufts University, student participants learned a series of 30 words and images. They studied either by taking practice tests, or by the traditional study method of reading over the material to memorize it. They were then asked to recall what they had learned in a stressful scenario (in front of two judges, three peers, and a video camera), and in a less stressful scenario.

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The ISEE: What You Need to Know Webinar

  • Posted By: Hannah Grandine
  • October 18, 2017

Yesterday evening our Director of Education Brenna O'Neill educated the masses on everything you need to know about the ISEE; from test content to the strategies you need to succeed on the official test. You can view the recording below:

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