Standardized tests intentionally make some questions intimidating and confusing. Beware of this and you are less likely to be shaken.
The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) serves two purposes for high school sophomores and juniors: it can act as a practice SAT (though it is not identical to the actual SAT), and is a qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Scores on the PSAT do not count towards gaining admissions to universities or colleges.
Click here for more information on the PSAT.
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WE HELP YOU DECIDE
IS THE ISEE FOR ME?
The first step along the ISEE path is deciding if it is in fact an optimal or pertinent exam for students. We explain the distinctions between the ISEE and SSAT, and guide students towards selecting the ideal option to suit their specific needs. Click here for a comparison of the ISEE vs. SSAT.
WHEN TO START PREP
Ideally, students have 4-8 months of consistent test prep leading up to their first ISEE. Students ought to aim to take the test twice: once in November and again in December. We are very careful to pace our prep programs properly, ensuring that students neither burn out or peak too early.
HOW TO SEQUENCE THE PREP
The first goal is to get students comfortable with the features, expectations and format of each section of the ISEE. We then move onto strategies, both in the realm of general test-taking as well as how to tackle particular question types. Lastly, we turn to content, and create personalized curricula for students to master. All of these elements come together during our group test simulations, which allow students to continuously refine their abilities in real time.
Our tutors are prepared to shape our ISEE program to fit every individual student’s learning and personality type. Our programs are malleable, and our 30+ years of experience has equipped us to lead every student towards achieving his/her personal best on test day.
We approach test prep from a child-centric perspective, and are sure to cater to the needs of the human we’re working with, not only the student. We don’t try to make a child’s life fit into a test prep program; we make sure that test prep fits comfortably into a child’s life.
As the test prep process proceeds, our eyes remain fixed on maximizing a student’s score on test day. However, there are a variety of test-taking skills and perspectives which will follow students beyond the day of the test. Our esteemed EF program is interwoven into our test prep, ensuring that students will gain lifelong skills on their way to achieving their optimal ISEE score. We'll help you change schools, and we might just change your life along the way.
FACTS ABOUT THE PSAT
When and where can my child take the PSAT?
The PSAT is held in October in a student’s sophomore and junior year, and is generally administered in the students’ school. The school decides the exact test date and location.
What is the test like?
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How do I register?
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How is the ISEE scored?
Stanine: This is the feature of the scoring report that admissions directors use as the most prominent determining factor when considering a student’s success on an ISEE section. The Stanine has 9 possible values, and divides students into nine groups:
Click here to see a sample PSAT Score Report.