How to Apply to Boston Exam Schools

Boston Public Schools has three exam schools: Boston Latin Academy, Boston Latin School, and the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science. All three schools accept new students for grades 7 and 9. John D. O’Bryant School accepts a small number of new students in grade 10. Current BPS grade 8 exam school students are eligible to apply for grade 9 admission to a different exam school. City of Boston students currently in grades…

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How to Read Your Child’s MAP Score Report

MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) is a computerized adaptive assessment that measures your child’s knowledge of reading and math. You will receive a score report for your child after they have taken the test. All students are asked the same number of questions, but the difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers all the previous questions. As the student answers correctly, questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly,…

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MAP Testing Options Explained

The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) is a suite of assessments that deliver data parents and teachers need to make a difference in student progress. There are two main types of MAP testing: MAP Growth—measures areas that are related to school standards MAP Reading Fluency—measures oral reading fluency Depending on your school’s selections, you could have any of the following tests from MAP Growth or MAP Reading Fluency. Please note that the number of questions…

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Boston Exam Schools MAP Test

The Boston Exam Schools have a brand new entrance exam. The contract that BPS had with the Education Research Bureau (ERB) and the ISEE test ended on June 30, 2020, and a decision was made not to renew the contract for the following year. BPS began seeking out new companies to work with in order to provide an equal opportunity for all students in the BPS system, including immigrants and minorities. BPS has partnered with…

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Mastering Vocabulary for the ISEE and SSAT

The key to performing well on the verbal sections of the ISEE and SSAT tests is mastering vocabulary. One of the main ways to understand how words are built is to study prefixes and roots. It is important to be able to break words that you do not recognize into pieces and decipher the meanings, because it’s better to be able to understand how words are made up than to just memorize them by rote. …

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Boston Latin Exam Preparation is Crucial to Student Success

Boston Latin Exam preparation is crucial to student success at and acceptance to Boston Latin Schools. Admission to the Boston exam schools is extremely competitive. The students’ scores on this exam will be the determining factor for admission. Grades are important, but without a very high score on this test your child will not be able to attend the Boston Latin schools. Preparing for this test is crucial, as the exam contains many concepts that…

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4 Steps to Applying to Boston Exam Schools

If you’re hoping to send your child to one of the Boston Exam Schools, then it’s already time to start preparing their applications. There are four parts of the application process you should make sure to follow: 1. Confirm that you live in Boston. This step is ONLY NECESSARY IF your child is enrolled in a school outside of the Boston Public School system. 2. Take the ISEE. The biggest part of the application for…

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What You Need to Know About the ISEE Test

How often may a student take the ISEE test? Students may register to take the ISEE test up to three times in a 12-month admission cycle, once in any or all of three testing seasons. The seasons are Fall (August–November), Winter (December–March), and Spring/Summer (April–July). ISEE does not encourage multiple testing, but we do offer students and families that option. For which grades is the ISEE available? With the recent addition of the ISEE Primary…

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Boston Latin Exam 2019: Everything You Need to Know

The Boston Latin Exam will be held on Saturday, November 9th, 2019.  Are you a Boston resident looking for better educational opportunities for your child? Boston Exam Schools provide a top notch education at no cost — the only trick is getting in. There are three exam schools – Boston Latin Academy, Boston Latin School and the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science. All three accept new students for grades 7 and 9. The O’Bryant School also accepts a…

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How to Apply to the Boston Exam Schools

If you’re hoping to send your child to one of the Boston Exam Schools next year, then it’s time to start preparing their applications! There are four parts of the application process you should make sure to follow: 1. Take the ISEE The biggest part of the application for your child to take care of asap is to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). The full ISEE includes an essay section that is NOT…

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