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Private Tutoring and Test Prep: a Beautiful Partnership

These days, there is no shortage of test preparation strategies out there. You can buy workbooks, practice tests and advice books, and the Internet is jam-packed with all kinds of blogs and websites filled with pointers and how-tos. With all that information out there, does private tutoring for a test like the ACT, SAT, GMAT […]

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Why the SSAT Writing Sample is Important

During the SSAT, you will have 25 minutes to write a response to your choice from two prompts. There is no right or wrong answer and the results aren’t a factor in your overall score. With that said, you might be wondering why this section is on the test at all. While it isn’t a […]

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Setting Yourself Apart from Other Private School Applicants

Applying to private school can be overwhelming, and the competition for those few coveted seats can be cutthroat. Therefore, it is imperative that you set yourself apart from other applicants and force the admissions committee to take note of you. The best way to do so is to show the committee what makes you unique […]

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SSAT Prep – Exam Day

You’ve taken SSAT practice tests for months, worked with a tutor on your weak points, learned the tricks to acing each section, increased your confidence, and consequently, bumped up your practice test scores significantly. Now the test day has arrived and you’re starting to feel nervous. Here are some tips for taking the SSAT test […]

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Guessing on the SSAT

One of the biggest dilemmas about the SSAT is whether it hurts or helps you to guess on those questions you cannot solve. First, we should discuss how the SSAT is scored. Each correct answer is worth one point. There is a guessing penalty on the SSAT, which penalizes you ¼ of a point for […]

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ISEE Prep Tips

The ISEE can seem daunting, but there are many reliable and proven resources available to students and parents to increase ISEE scores. While a student’s score on this test will not necessarily make or break his or her application to private secondary school, it is an important part of the application package. Fortunately, there are […]

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3 Mistakes to Avoid in Private School Admissions Essays

Private school admissions essays can seem daunting, but avoiding these most common pitfalls will get you through the process with ease. The most common mistake is when students attempt to tailor their application to show that they are the type of student the admissions committee seeks. What they often fail to realize is that admissions […]

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SSAT Verbal Practice

Looking for SSAT Verbal practice?  Preparing for the SSAT can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Taking SSAT verbal practice tests will familiarize you with the simple tricks to break down the verbal questions. In addition, spacing out your test preparation sessions will maximize understanding of the material, and incorporating tried and true […]

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How to Improve Your SSAT Math Scores: Tips and Strategies

Preparing for the SSAT can seem difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Taking SSAT math practice tests will familiarize you with the simple tricks to break down the math problems, spacing out your test preparation sessions to maximize understanding of the material, and incorporating tried and true SSAT math strategies will put you well […]

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Boarding School Admissions Formula: Revealed!

We’ve cracked the admissions code! Many parents have been asking what it takes to gain admission to top boarding schools like Exeter, Andover, Choate, Hotchkiss, Lawrenceville, Loomis, Milton, and many more… We interviewed many boarding school admissions officers, and here’s the boarding school admissions formula: 40% SSAT score + 20% GPA/Grades + 15% interview + […]

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