Test Prep

ISEE Prep for Students with Disabilities: Part I

The demands of the ISEE can be overwhelming for any student, but it can be especially difficult for students with a learning disability and/or ADHD. Part I of this post will address the unique requirements and characteristics of the ISEE, along with the process of applying for accommodations. While there is no magic formula to [...]

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 [...]

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 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 [...]

The New SAT: Good News and Bad News

The New SAT: Good 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 [...]

By | 2017-05-22T07:10:35+00:00 January 10th, 2017|College Admissions, High School, SAT, SAT Tips, Test Prep|0 Comments

My Impression of the New SAT (SPOILER ALERT: it was easier!)

The New SAT. How does it really compare? Many of you may be curious about the newly redesigned SAT. There are plenty of blogs and resources out there which go over all of the changes announced by the College Board. These are all very useful, but nothing quite beats seeing the actual test itself and [...]

By | 2017-05-22T07:10:36+00:00 May 19th, 2016|SAT, SAT Tips, Test Prep|0 Comments

3 Skills Tested on the New 2016 SAT

NEW 2016 SAT The new SAT will start in March 2016. This test will include more real world problems that relate to what you have learned in high school and what you will apply in college. There is no longer a penalty for wrong answers. Also, the total score will again be out of 1600, [...]

By | 2017-05-22T07:10:36+00:00 December 15th, 2015|College Admissions, SAT, SAT Tips, Test Prep|0 Comments

How to Avoid the Mistake of Generic MBA Application Essays

MBA Application Essay On the surface, many applicants to elite MBA programs share similar backgrounds and traits. They are ambitious, driven, accomplished, and have strong academic records and impressive test scores. In short, they are leaders and achievers. But just because candidates share these characteristics doesn’t mean their MBA application essays have to [...]

By | 2017-05-22T07:10:37+00:00 August 21st, 2015|GMAT, GMAT Tips, Graduate School Admissions, Test Prep|0 Comments

Will Pamela still be purchasing 192 oranges in the new SAT?

What are "real-world" questions? The new SAT, which is set for release this March, will be very different from the old version. This blog will discuss some of the changes that have been made to the test and the real reasons behind these changes. We will also talk about the SAT’s competitor: The ACT. [...]

By | 2017-05-22T07:10:37+00:00 July 30th, 2015|ACT, SAT, SAT Tips, Test Prep|1 Comment

HSPT vs ISEE vs SSAT – What’s the difference? [updated]

What’s the difference? If your child is applying to independent or Catholic schools, you are probably familiar with the different entrance exams that schools utilize to help select students for admission– primarily the HSPT for Catholic schools, and the SSAT or ISEE for independent private schools. […]

By | 2017-08-31T11:43:58+00:00 July 2nd, 2015|HSPT, Independent School Admissions, ISEE, SSAT, Test Prep|0 Comments