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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Boston Latin Exam Prep Is Crucial to Acceptance

Boston Latin Exam Prep 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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Mastering the Reading Sections of the ISEE/SSAT Tests

The key to mastering the reading sections of the ISEE/SSAT tests is two-fold: reading the passage effectively, and answering the questions efficiently. The reading section of the ISEE/SSAT tests is designed to assess how well you are able to grasp the main idea and tone of a passage. The most important thing to remember is that you are not expected to retain details as you read. This is different from how you probably read other…

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Why Choose a Boston Exam School?

The three Boston Exam Schools are the Boston Latin Academy, the Boston Latin School, and the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science. These three schools accept students in grades 7-9 (the O’Bryant School also accepts some 10th grade students). To apply to one of these schools, you must be a Boston resident (both student and parent), send your scores from the Independent School Entrance Exam, or ISEE, and provide information about your current…

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Mastering Vocabulary on the ISEE/SSAT Tests

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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How to Study Vocabulary Most Effectively for the ISEE and SSAT Tests

In order to perform well on the ISEE and SSAT tests, learning to study vocabulary is crucial. The Verbal section of each test challenges the vocabulary skills of even the strongest students. It can be difficult to study vocabulary with your busy schedule, but without making it a priority, you will not be able to perform well on the synonyms and analogies portions of the SSAT exam or the synonyms and sentence completions portions of…

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What Not To Do on the SSAT

If your child is interested in attending an independent school, they will likely need to take the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT) in order to apply. We have the information you need on what not to do on the SSAT. Don’t guess unless you can eliminate one or more answer choices as wrong. To read more about the guessing strategy for the SSAT, click here. Don’t rush, but keep moving. Use your time wisely by…

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ISEE Don’ts: Everything to Avoid on the Exam

If your child is interested in attending an independent school, they will likely need to take the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) in order to apply. You’ll be set to go once you read our list of ISEE don’ts.  Don’t wait until the last minute to prep. Starting early is essential to understanding and becoming comfortable with the test format, which in turn is essential for a good score. Don’t skip the practice tests. Boston…

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