My standardized test was cancelled this month. What should I do now?

By Graduate School Admissions, High School, Independent School Admissions, Practice Tests, Test Prep

The COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing have left everyone with a lot of question marks about many aspects of life, including standardized tests. If your standardized test was cancelled this month or next, for now you should assume that you still will need to take the test at some point in the future. You should…

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

By Independent School Admissions, ISEE, Test Prep No Comments

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…

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

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“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…

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The Pros and Cons of Retaking a Standardized Test

By ACT, College Admissions, GMAT, GRE, HSPT, Independent School Admissions, ISEE, SAT, SSAT, Test Prep No Comments

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…

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ISEE Prep for Students with Disabilities: Part 2

By Accommodations, High School, Independent School Admissions, ISEE, Learning Differences, Test Prep No Comments

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:…

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ISEE Prep for Students with Disabilities: Part I

By High School, Independent School Admissions, ISEE, Learning Differences, Test Prep No Comments

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…

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3 Key Questions that Admissions Committees Consider

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So you’ve submitted your application and someone from the school of your dreams called back to schedule an interview.  Frightened? Overwhelmed? Don’t be… we’ve broken down the three main areas that admissions officers evaluate when interviewing potential applicants. The majority of private schools have stepped away from the “formal interview” and engage the applicant and…

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