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Boarding School Visits – What You Need to Know

Here’s what you need to consider when you visit boarding schools with your child.

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To Flex or Not to Flex?

As you may or may not know, there are two SSAT tests: the SSAT Standard Test and the SSAT Flex Test. Although there are different titles for these tests, do not let this confuse you. Both of these tests are the same and present the same material. The only difference is the flexibility in the […]

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What’s a Good SAT Score?

The straight answer is: it depends. It depends on where you want to go (or who you want to impress). According to the College Board’s table of 2013 SAT percentiles, the median SAT score for college-bound seniors was around 1500 combined. So maybe a ‘good SAT score’ is anything over that mark: you’ll be better […]

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Your Test and Your Confidence

To succeed on standardized tests, you need a certain level of confidence. This is true of most pursuits, but standardized testing is such a stressful and anxiety-producing venture that confidence in your abilities will make or break your score. Most students know the feeling of mid-test anxiety: you begin to worry about that answer that […]

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Approaching Test Day

Test day is tough, whatever the test. At least as important, though, is the time leading up to the big day. The right approach can make all the difference. 1) Take a break. Two or three days before your test date, give yourself a break and stop studying. Not only does cramming not work, but […]

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ISEE vs. SSAT: Which is the better choice for your child?

Just like the ACT and the SAT, the ISEE and SSAT exams are suitable for different types of students. This means one of the exams gives your child a slightly better advantage over the other. Finding out whether your child should take the ISEE or the SSAT is a very simple task once you familiarize […]

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The Boarding School Interview

Check out our tips for acing your boarding school or private school interview.

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5 Most Common Boarding School Interview Questions

Watch our video about the most common boarding school interview questions!    

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The Sections of the ISEE

Like the SSAT, the ISEE has five sections. The sections are writing, verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, reading comprehension, and math. Your written essay will not be graded, but will be submitted directly to the schools to which you apply. Here is a quick breakdown of each section: The Verbal Reasoning section consists of Synonym questions […]

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How is the ISEE Scored?

Like the SSAT, the ISEE will give you a raw score and then convert it into a scaled score. However, unlike the SSAT, the ISEE does not penalize for guessing. This means that you will not lose (or gain) any points for a wrong answer. Your raw score will then be converted into a scaled […]

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