Test Prep

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 [...]

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

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 to Get the Most Out of a Ten Hour Tutoring Package

Families consider many factors when choosing a tutoring package: time commitment, availability, the test date for test prep, and finances. For some families, a ten-hour tutoring package is the best choice, even when a lot of material needs to be covered. The good news is that you can make significant progress with just ten hours [...]

By |2017-11-21T17:47:31+00:00December 22nd, 2017|High School, Test Prep|0 Comments

Should You Guess on Standardized Tests?

Yes, you should (probably) guess! Now that the New SAT, PSAT, and AP tests have abolished their guessing penalties, the short answer is “yes.” The long answer is still what it was before: it depends on the test. Very few tests today, however, penalize random guesses. A notable exception is the SSAT, a test required [...]

By |2017-11-21T17:37:55+00:00December 8th, 2017|HSPT, ISEE, PSAT, SAT, SAT Tips, SSAT, Test Prep|0 Comments

Why One-on-One Tutoring?

Proven Effectiveness Numerous studies show that one-on-one tutoring by a highly qualified tutor is one of the most effective ways to increase grades, academic achievement, and test scores. It has also been proven to improve student attitudes about school, especially for the subjects in which a student is struggling. Individualized Instruction A private tutor hones [...]

By |2017-11-03T09:56:30+00:00October 20th, 2017|High School, Test Prep|0 Comments

Tomorrow’s SAT and a Few Words of Advice

This guest post was written by BHHS College Counselor Casey Rowley and originally appeared on her blog  www.collegecounselorrowley.com.     Best of luck to my students taking the SAT tomorrow! I have two categories of things to consider. Category #1 – Preparing for the day of and Category #2 – The weight of the SAT Preparing [...]

By |2018-02-01T16:29:27+00:00October 6th, 2017|College Admissions, High School, SAT, SAT Tips, Test Prep|0 Comments

The Pros and Cons of Retaking a Standardized Test

After working through a grueling standardized admissions test, the moment of judgement arrives when you get your scores. If you got the score you were hoping for, congratulations! You can now focus your time and energy on the rest of the admissions process. If your score is much lower than you’d hoped, however, you have [...]