Endeavoring to maintain a profitable testing tool despite the COVID pandemic, the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) has redesigned the ISEE private school test so it can be taken by students applying to 5th - 12th grades in their own homes, using their own technology. Big Brother will be watching. According to the ERB, Using … Continue reading ISEE and SSAT Private School Testing Goes Remote
Top ISEE Guide for Students and Parents
Our friends at TestingMom.com sent Abacus Mom this top ISEE guide for students and parents. The Independent School Entrance Exam, or the “ISEE”, is an achievement and reasoning test that is used to evaluate children around the country for private school entry. The ISEE was developed by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB), as an important … Continue reading Top ISEE Guide for Students and Parents
NYC Private School Admissions Trends in 2018
NYC Private School Admissions Trends in 2018 What We Noticed This Year ISEE and SSAT: My students applying to NYC private schools are taking these tests more than once, and typically seeing score gains on the second administration.The ISEE is required for admission to NYC private middle or high school--you can also take the SSAT, … Continue reading NYC Private School Admissions Trends in 2018
5 Smart Tips for ISEE Preparation
Carolyn Rahaman, a professional ISEE tutor and contributing writer for Varsity Tutors, sent Abacus Mom this informative article about ISEE prep. Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics from The University of Chicago and a Master’s degree in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University. Many private schools and public magnet or charter schools require taking … Continue reading 5 Smart Tips for ISEE Preparation
ISEE: Does My Child Need a Tutor to Prep, or Is Just a Review Book OK?
Question from a parent today: Does my child need a tutor for the ISEE or can we just go through a review book? Answer from Private School Authority Master Tutor Nick Ordway: Any student can choose a review book over a tutor. I myself never had a tutor and always tutored myself when I was … Continue reading ISEE: Does My Child Need a Tutor to Prep, or Is Just a Review Book OK?
Why You May Want to Start Your Child’s ISEE Prep this Spring
Many of our educational consulting clients from public school and even many private schools complain that their children's vocabulary, writing skills and/or math skills are lacking. For these students, early prep can help not only with ISEE or SSAT test scores, but also with school grades and essay writing. Here's what we offer at Private … Continue reading Why You May Want to Start Your Child’s ISEE Prep this Spring
What New York City and Westchester Private Schools Don’t Tell You: 5 Admissions Secrets
1. Your child should prep for the ERB. Whether it's the ERB (also called the ECAA or WPPSI) for kindergarten, prekindergarten, or 1st grade, the ERB (also called the ECAA or WISC) for 2nd through 4th grade, or the ERB (also called the ISEE, the SSAT is another option) for 5th grade and up, … Continue reading What New York City and Westchester Private Schools Don’t Tell You: 5 Admissions Secrets
ISEE / SSAT: Which Test Should My Child Take – ISEE or SSAT – and When Should S/he Take It?
Anthony-James Green, New York's top ISEE and SSAT tutor, knows. He and I are currently writing a brief guide to taking the ISEE and SSAT for private high school and middle school admission. If your child will be taking the ISEE or SSAT, now is the time to start thinking about math and verbal prep. … Continue reading ISEE / SSAT: Which Test Should My Child Take – ISEE or SSAT – and When Should S/he Take It?
How Do You Choose an Excellent ISEE or SSAT Tutor?
I've been helping students get into top Manhattan, Brooklyn, Riverdale, and Westchester private high schools and middle schools for over twelve years. Before that, for five years I worked at a well-known national test prep tutoring company. Through these experiences, I've had the opportunity to meet many tutors. Some were academics who knew subject matter … Continue reading How Do You Choose an Excellent ISEE or SSAT Tutor?
Manhattan Overflowing with Gifted Preschoolers, Naturally
Barbara Martinez of The Wall Street Journal today addresses the growth in the number of children testing as gifted: Parents Fret as Kids Seek 'Gifted' Status Martinez writes that the number of incoming kindergarteners taking the OLSAT and Bracken to get into NYC G & T programs increased by 13%, as did the number of children … Continue reading Manhattan Overflowing with Gifted Preschoolers, Naturally