Test Prep

Preparing for the New SAT: A Step-by-Step Guide

  1) Decide which test to take Though this post is called “Preparing for the New SAT,” the first step is to decide whether the SAT or ACT is a better choice, since colleges accept either one. The best way to tell is to take a full diagnostic test for each and look at your [...]

An Overview of the GRE Quantitative Section

  According to the ETS Web site, the Quantitative Reasoning section of the GRE General Test measures “problem-solving ability, focusing on basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis.” What doesn’t it test? This is not a test geared towards math majors; the actual math on the test is what you (hopefully) learned in high school. [...]

An Overview of the GRE Analytical Writing Section

  What does it test? According to the ETS Web site, the Analytical Writing section of the GRE General Test “measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically your ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively.” It measures these skills by having you write two 30-minute essays: the Issue Essay and the Argument [...]

An Overview of the GRE Verbal Section

According to the ETS Web site, the Verbal Reasoning section of the GRE General Test “measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and concepts.” To put it in simpler terms, it measures your verbal reasoning, [...]

The Right Way to Self-Proctor a Practice Test

Proctoring an organized diagnostic/practice test is an easy job. All the proctor does is keep time and “babysit” a room full of quiet kids, right? So, why even wake up early and go into an office or classroom to do something you could do at home? One reason is that some students don’t take the [...]

SAT and ACT Test Prep for Students with Disabilities

Sitting hunched over a desk and bubbling in an answer sheet for hours at a time doesn’t bring out the best in most students, but it can be especially overwhelming if you are a student with a learning disability and/or ADHD. While there is no magic formula to help you get a perfect score, the [...]

ISEE Prep for Students with Disabilities: Part 2

If you are the parent of a student with a disability, registering for the ISEE is a task in itself. Part I of this post discussed the unique requirements and characteristics of the ISEE, along with the process of applying for accommodations. Once a student is registered, however, there is an even bigger task ahead: [...]

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 [...]