ISEE and SSAT Private School Testing Goes Remote

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 the … 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?

No Last Minute Charlies with ISEE and SSAT Prep: The Compelling Case for Starting Tutoring Early

Anthony-James Green, co-founder with me of ISEE test prep firm Private School Authority, sent Abacus Mom the following helpful information about preparing for the ISEE and SSAT: The test prep process can be stressful and disappointing, or it can be relaxed, fruitful, and extremely beneficial for your child.  It all has to do with your approach, … Continue reading No Last Minute Charlies with ISEE and SSAT Prep: The Compelling Case for Starting Tutoring Early

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

Private School Authority Relocating Clients Accepted Into Top New York City Private Schools

ERB / ISEE tutor Anthony-James Green and I are delighted that a number of our Private School Authority clients whom we assisted with ISEE test prep, interviewing, applications, and essays have just been accepted into elite Manhattan private schools off the regular admissions cycle.  One client just emailed me this afternoon: <Child's name> has been accepted to … Continue reading Private School Authority Relocating Clients Accepted Into Top New York City Private Schools

Private School Authority Snags Renowned ISEE and SSAT Tutor Nick Ordway

Abacus Guide's ERB / ISEE and SSAT tutoring division, Private School Authority, is expanding rapidly.  Families throughout Manhattan (and also interestingly Westchester, Boston, LA, Germany, and Singapore) are signing up for our uniquely personalized and efficient program, geared exclusively toward ERB /ISEE and SSAT test success. Our specialty is motivating our students - progress can only … Continue reading Private School Authority Snags Renowned ISEE and SSAT Tutor Nick Ordway