Introduction to the ISEE


What is the ISEE?

The ISEE is a test required as part of the application to many independent schools. It is administered by the Educational Records Bureau.

How much does it “count?”

The test is one factor in the school’s admissions process, but some schools will weigh it more heavily than others. The best way to tell how […]

I Didn’t Get Into My Dream School…Now What?

This guest post was written by BHHS College Counselor Casey Rowley. 

It’s college acceptance time and as the decisions roll in (for better or for worse), there is something worth noting. Students often feel as if their future has been altered if they don’t get into their dream school. As a college counselor, I hear this question […]

By |April 5th, 2017|College Admissions, High School|0 Comments

When to Start Studying for the SAT or ACT


You’ve probably heard the solid advice that you shouldn’t wait until the last minute to prepare for college admissions tests. But when is the right time to prep for the SAT or ACT? Here are some thoughts to consider:

Most students on a college-prep track have learned the academic content of the tests by the end […]

The New, Improved College Board Accommodations Approval Process


For students with disabilities, applying for and receiving accommodations for College Board exams (including the PSAT, SAT, and AP tests) has been a daunting task–sometimes more daunting than actually taking the tests! Parents and school administrators often had to submit extensive documentation, and even then sometimes the request was denied and would have to be […]

Prepping for Video Essays and Long-Distance Interviews

This guest post is provided by our friend Stacy Blackman.

Prepping for Video Essays and Long-Distance Interviews

An increasing number of MBA programs are making use of online video-interview platforms, where you must record responses to one or more short-answer prompts before your application is considered complete. Why do schools add this extra step? The inclusion comes […]

By |February 13th, 2017|Graduate School Admissions|0 Comments

Understanding Your PSAT Score Report


With the recent release of PSAT/NMSQT score reports, many students are asking the same question: Did I get a good score? This is often followed by turning to one’s friends and asking the inevitable next question: What score did you get?

Before you either announce your score to the world or bow your head in shame, […]

By |February 2nd, 2017|High School, PSAT, SAT|0 Comments

Record Numbers of College Applications

Current high school students have probably heard the news: more and more students are applying to the nation’s top colleges and universities, which means the admissions rates keep getting lower and lower. According to the Harvard Admissions Office, 39,041 students applied to the class of 2020, the largest number ever. Of these, just over 5% […]

By |January 24th, 2017|College Admissions, High School|0 Comments

The New SAT: Good News and Bad News


When the first “new SAT” test was administered in 2016, many counselors and test tutors advised students to choose the tried-and-true ACT over the new, untested SAT. But if you’re applying for college next year, there is now more information about the new SAT test to help guide your decision.



There were a few minor mishaps […]

Why take the PSAT?

Short for Preliminary SAT, the PSAT is administered to sophomores and juniors every October across the nation. While it is not officially a factor on the college application, there are many reasons for sophomores and juniors to take it, and to take it seriously. Here are just a few:

You’ll have a chance at a prestigious […]

By |September 29th, 2016|PSAT|0 Comments

Important announcement about the ISEE

The Independent School Entrance Exam. Used by many prestigious independent schools in Los Angeles to evaluate their applicants, the ISEE is considered by many to be one of the most competitive assessment tests for students under the age of eighteen. The ISEE not only covers content well beyond what most would consider grade-appropriate material, it […]

By |July 20th, 2016|Independent School Admissions, ISEE|0 Comments