Test Innovators Blog

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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The SSAT: What You Need to Know Webinar

  • Posted By: Hannah Grandine
  • October 17, 2017

Yesterday Test Innovators' Director of Education Brenna O'Neill revealed the strategies and secrets she and her team of highly experienced tutors have developed over years of preparing students for the SSAT. You can view the recording below:

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What is the ISEE?

  • Posted By: Hannah Grandine
  • October 16, 2017

The ISEE stands for Independent School Entrance Exam. The ISEE is an admissions test that is required for admissions to independent schools in the United States and internationally.

There are different versions of the test depending on the different grades students apply for admission to:

The Upper Level of the test is for students applying to grades 9 through 12.

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The Lower Level ISEE test is an entrance test for students applying to 5th or 6th grade that is taken when the student is in 4th or 5th grade. Here are some tips for preparing your student for the test:

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SSAT Vocabulary: How to Master the SSAT's Verbal Section

  • Posted By: Nora Martin
  • October 10, 2017
A student at a chalkboard working on studying SSAT vocabulary.

Start at least 6 months before your test date Not only are there a lot of words to learn, but giving yourself time to practice and use the SSAT vocabulary words you are learning will help their definitions stay with you.

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How to Read an SSAT Score Report

  • Posted By: Michael Eisen
  • October 8, 2017
A glimpse of a student's hand who is taking the SSAT on paper.
Taking the SSAT can be a daunting task for students, and even after it's over, understanding what the scores mean is a new challenge. SSAT score reports list two primary measures of performance: Scaled Scores and Percentiles. Read More

Test Innovators Featured on Forbes

  • Posted By: HannahG
  • October 4, 2017
Test Innovators was featured in Forbes today as an ed-tech startup transforming how students prepare for standardized tests. Read full article here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/julianmitchell/2017/10/04/this-edtech-startup-is-transforming-the-way-students-prep-for-standardized-tests/#7f9d1a706959 Read More

Testing effect (and why practice testing is key)

  • Posted By: Hannah Grandine
  • July 11, 2017

Testing effect is the psychological finding that trying to solve a problem in a test-facing environment will make a person more likely to remember it than simply reading about the material.

This type of studying is called retrieval practice, and there are three qualifications for this technique to work:

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How to get rejected from private school

  • Posted By: Hannah Grandine
  • June 20, 2017

Even with the most talented and dedicated students, there are still plenty of ways to get rejected from your dream school. Here are some of the reasons that we see students getting rejected.

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