Anthony James Green Launches The Perfect 12 SAT Essay Manual

My friend and colleague Anthony James Green has just launched his eagerly anticipated new book, The Perfect 12 SAT Essay Manual.  Anthony writes: Getting a perfect SAT Essay score is easy.  But if you want to do it, you need to understand one thing: The SAT Essay has NOTHING to do with good writing.  Getting a … Continue reading Anthony James Green Launches The Perfect 12 SAT Essay Manual

NYC ERB / ISEE and SSAT Test Prep and Tutoring: Now is the Time to Book for Fall 2011

If you live in NYC and you're still dithering about ERB/ ISEE or SSATtest prep for Manhattan or Riverdale private high school or middle school admission, now is the time to get cracking. We know your child is about to leave for camp.  Unfortunately the ERB / ISEE is still right around the corner.  Tutoring … Continue reading NYC ERB / ISEE and SSAT Test Prep and Tutoring: Now is the Time to Book for Fall 2011

Asians and New York City Private Schools

As someone who works with Asians and non-Asians helping them cultivate the social skills and messaging necessary to succeed in NYC private school admissions, I was fascinated by Wesley Yang's exceptional article, Paper Tigers / Asian Like Me.  New York Magazine describes the essay: Amy Chua’s triumphalist screed about intense Asian-style parenting triggered hysteria among other … Continue reading Asians and New York City Private Schools

Is Junior Kumon the Fast Track to Private School Kindergarten?

Some parents think so.  According to Kate Zernike's article, Fast-Tracking to Kindergarten? Ms. Goldman, who works at an agency representing artists, took her son, Huxton, to Kumon last September, shortly after he turned 5, in an effort to make sure, she said, “that he wouldn’t be behind the curve” when he started kindergarten the next year. … Continue reading Is Junior Kumon the Fast Track to Private School Kindergarten?

Kindergarten ERB / WPPSI IV Test Prep Kit Nonverbal Section: Best ERB Toys and Books

Parents tend to worry about the non-verbal section of the ERB / WPPSI test used in NYC private school kindergarten admission. "No question Joe is verbal.  But non-verbal? What is that ERB section anyway?" The ERB / WPPSI IV non-verbal section tests children's short term memory, processing speed and accuracy, and reasoning skills.  In April … Continue reading Kindergarten ERB / WPPSI IV Test Prep Kit Nonverbal Section: Best ERB Toys and Books

ISEE for NYC Middle School and High School: It’s a Little Late Now: ISEE Misgraded

Sarah Maslin Nir of The New York Times reports that 7000 students received incorrect grades from the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) on their Lower Level or Upper Level ISEE exam.  7,000 Private School Applicants Got Incorrect Scores, Company Says Funny that caught in this embarrassing situation, the ERB played down the importance of the ISEE: Parents of the … Continue reading ISEE for NYC Middle School and High School: It’s a Little Late Now: ISEE Misgraded

Kindergarten ERB Test Prep: Is ERB Prepping Cheating? Can You Get Caught?

Would you believe that just a few years ago, most New York kids applying to private school kindergarten took the ERB test (WPPSI) cold? More concerned moms bought a few toys like Mighty Mind , Block Buddies and  BrainQuest. Then in 2009, two companies--Bright Kids and Aristotle Circle published ERB prep workbooks, essentially giving parents access to the test questions: Aristotle Circle ERB/WPPSI … Continue reading Kindergarten ERB Test Prep: Is ERB Prepping Cheating? Can You Get Caught?

Help for Hyperlexia (Thoughts on Gilman’s The Anti-Romantic Child)

If you have, or work with, hyperlexic or other special needs children, you will be interested in Priscilla Gilman's new memoir, The Anti-Romantic Child. The book is about Gilman's experience shepherding her young hyperlexic son, Benj, through babyhood, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school.  Gilman covers in great detail Benj's developmental delays, social skills deficits, experiences with pediatricians, … Continue reading Help for Hyperlexia (Thoughts on Gilman’s The Anti-Romantic Child)