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But We Never Learned This! Math Concepts on the ISEE You Probably Haven’t Learned Yet in School (Part 2)

Below you'll find a detailed breakdown of concepts and material for each level of the ISEE(along with handy sample problems and solutions) that students may not have encountered yet during their normal schooling. Lower-Level ISEE On the lower-level test, a fourth or fifth-grader can expect to see these concepts from the fifth-grade curriculum, which might [...]

But We Never Learned This! Math Concepts on the ISEE You Probably Haven’t Learned Yet in School (Part 1)

“Help! I never learned this!” is a common reaction of students taking an ISEE diagnostic test for the first time, and for good reason. Unless they’re working a couple of years above grade-level, most students (before test preparation) will encounter math concepts and types of problems on the test they have never seen before. The [...]

Applying to private middle and high school in Los Angeles

This in from Sandy Eiges, LA's top independent school admissions consultant, and owner of LA School Scout. If you are considering the private school option for middle or high school, the most important piece of applying to private school is putting together a plan to see what’s out there, narrow your list, and get through [...]

By |2018-06-29T14:30:45+00:00June 13th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Building Vocabulary Skills for Life

Last month, I discussed the importance of building good reading skills and habits. Another important way to “prepare early” for tests and improve general academic performance is to build vocabulary skills. A strong vocabulary is a huge help on virtually any standardized test. Some tests, including the ISEE and the GRE, directly test vocabulary knowledge. [...]

By |2018-05-30T16:41:45+00:00June 8th, 2018|HSPT, ISEE, Test Prep|0 Comments

Big Change Coming to ACT’s Extended Time Policy

ACT 50% Extended Time Will Be Similar to SAT’s Starting September 2018 On May 21, the ACT announced a significant change in the way it administers extended time. Up until now, test-takers receiving an accommodation for time-and-a-half on the nationally administered ACT test were given one five-hour block of time and allowed to divide it [...]

By |2018-05-30T16:47:28+00:00May 31st, 2018|ACT|0 Comments

When Should My Child Take the ISEE?

On August 1, 2017, the first day registration opened for the Fall 2017 ISEE testing dates, a concerned mother got to her computer at 9:00 A.M., determined to reserve the ideal testing time and location for her son. She was shocked when she discovered several of her preferred dates were already full--other parents had gotten [...]

Building Reading Habits for Life

As a test tutor, I sometimes encounter parents who want to start preparing their students early for tests like the ISEE and SAT. While students should learn some test-taking skills and strategies, my best advice to those who want to “prepare early” is to spend more time reading. Reading comprehension shows up on almost every [...]

By |2018-05-11T09:41:10+00:00May 11th, 2018|ISEE, Test Prep|0 Comments

How to Determine Your Target SAT/ACT Score

Though it’s tempting to simply say you want to score “as high as possible” on your college admissions exam, a target score will help you determine how much of your limited time and energy you devote to test preparations. So how should you determine you target score? There are several factors to consider: 1) What [...]

By |2018-05-01T13:08:41+00:00April 27th, 2018|ACT, College Admissions, SAT, Test Prep|0 Comments

How Many AP Classes Should You Take?

If you’re a high school student choosing classes for next year, an important question is how many Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes you should take. For years, the answer to this question was, “More!” The number of students taking AP classes has doubled in the past ten years, and also doubled in the ten [...]

Legacy Admissions and College Acceptance Rates

As top schools become more and more competitive, many people have been scrutinizing the practice of legacy admissions, which means giving preferential treatment to children and close relatives of alumni. There’s good reason for this attention: Harvard’s 2017 survey shows that 29% of its incoming freshman class are legacy students. Other Ivy League and highly [...]

By |2018-03-08T16:43:12+00:00March 30th, 2018|College Admissions|0 Comments