Is your child taking the ISEE/SSAT? It’s important for you and your child to understand that the test is far more challenging than the typical tests they have taken in school. The test is taken by the best and brightest students applying for competitive schools, so the pool of students taking the test is already very high-achieving. The makers of the test have developed the content to be challenging enough that most students will not be able to complete it in the time given.
There will be content that your child has never seen before, especially in the math sections. It is important that you and your child understand that this exam may be very difficult, even if your child is normally a good student. You need to be prepared to support your child through the stress of learning brand-new content during this process. However, learning this new content will allow your child to learn advanced concepts which will help them with their regular schoolwork.
Our goal is to keep your child motivated; we always want to be positive with your child about their progress and remind them that this is a very difficult test for everybody. We want to show them the bigger picture by reminding them that the content and skills they’re learning will help them in the future, so they see a larger context for studying. We address anxiety by reminding them to pause, close their eyes, and take a breath whenever they get overwhelmed.
Confidence is the most important indicator of performing well on this test, so we build your child up and emphasize how much improvement they are making and how proud we are of them for all their work. Our ISEE and SSAT test prep program is customized to address each child’s individual strengths and weaknesses, and we will develop a customized preparation plan to arm your child with powerful and up-to-date strategies for all sections of the test.