If you’ve been looking around on this site for a while, you know that the whole point of standardized tests is that they’re not constantly changing in any ways that matter. That’s what makes them standardized, and that’s also what makes them beatable.

But sometimes, actually, after years or even decades, [click to continue…]

(Slapping the current year on a Kaplan prep book is a trick to get you to buy another Kaplan prep book every 12 months)

Every once in a while a student will ask me if my methods have been updated for “this year’s test.”

They ask this for two reasons: [click to continue…]

What is a good score on the ISEE?

As with any standardized test score, the higher the score, the better. But that’s really not a very helpful answer, is it? Each school will have its own cutoff score that it wants to see from you, and each school will weigh other elements of your application in addition to your ISEE score. Your race […]

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What is the purpose of a standardized test?

(And why should anybody care?) If you’re planning to take a standardized test, you’ve probably devoted some thought to how you’ll prepare. But there’s one fundamental question that a lot of people never seem to ask

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Why Real Practice Questions Are Essential For Effective Test Prep

(. . . even though big test prep companies make serious money by telling you otherwise . . . ) If you go looking for test prep books at your local bookstore or on Amazon, you’ll see dozens and dozens of books that claim to offer practice tests you can hone your skills on. As […]

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What Are ISEE Essay Topics Like?

The essay topics on the ISEE can really cover any kind of simple, open-ended topic. You might be asked to describe your favorite book or your favorite relative, or you might be asked to describe your dream job or a dream vacation, and so on. The important thing is that the ISEE essay questions don’t […]

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ISEE Prep–What’s The Best Approach?

There are a lot of answers to a question like this, and most of them, unfortunately, are bad. The general method people use to prepare for a standardized test like the ISEE is to try some practice questions from a book by Kaplan or Princeton Review or some other company like that. They might also […]

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The Difference Between The ISEE And The SSAT–Which Is Harder?

The ISEE and the SSAT are both designed to rank the people who apply to elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools. The ISEE has 5 section types. The Verbal Reasoning section has synonym questions and sentence completion questions, all multiple-choice. The Quantitative Reasoning question has multiple-choice math questions. The Reading Comprehension section has multiple-choice […]

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ISEE Math Skills You’ll Need On Test Day

The ISEE tests different math skills for each level of the test, so before we can talk about which skills are necessary, we have to figure out which level of the test you’re going to take. The Upper Level ISEE is for people who are testing to go into 9th grade or higher. The Middle […]

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ISEE Practice Questions–Where To Find Them

There are lots of places where you can find practice ISEE questions, but you should only work with official ISEE questions from the company that makes the ISEE, because those questions are the only ones that are guaranteed to behave the same way that real ISEE questions will behave on test day. The ERB, which […]

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