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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Differences Between the ISEE and SSAT Tests

Wondering what the differences are between the ISEE and SSAT tests?  First of all, below are the levels of the test that your child would be taking:  SSAT: Elementary Level SSAT, Students currently in grades 3-4 ​Middle Level SSAT, Students currently in grades 5-7 Upper Level SSAT, Students currently in grades 8-11 ISEE: Primary Level ISEE, Students currently in grades 2-3 Note: The Primary Level ISEE contains only Reading & Math sections Lower Level ISEE,…

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Is Your Child Taking the ISEE/SSAT Test?

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…

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Do You Know How to Interpret Your Child’s ISEE/SSAT Scores?

Private schools use the test scores for about ⅓ of their admission decision. They typically consider grades, scores, and extracurriculars/recommendations all equally. Remind your child that this test is not the end of the world, and will not be the only indicator of their ability to get into a good school. A perfect score is not necessary, and schools are looking for well-rounded students, so the test is just one part of the application. Private…

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Is the Advanced Work Class the Right Fit for your BPS Student?

Would you like a more challenging educational environment for your student? If your child is in third through fifth grade, you may want to consider the Advanced Work Class (AWC). It is a full-time program in the Boston Public Schools that “provides an accelerated academic curriculum for students in grades 4-6. This program includes subjects studied in greater depth, more schoolwork, and more home study than the traditional curriculum.” Enrolling in the Advanced Work Class…

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FAQs for the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science

The John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science is one of Boston’s three exam schools. Exam schools require that all students take the Independent Schools Entrance Exam (ISEE) before they are accepted. You are encouraged to learn more about the application process for the exam schools by viewing a new BPS video here. See if your question about the school is answered in the list of FAQs below.  Q. What is the application process…

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Frequently Asked Questions About Boston Latin School

Do you have questions about the Boston Latin School? See if they’re answered in this list of BLS Frequently Asked Questions.  Q. What is Boston Latin School? A. Boston Latin School (BLS) is a public school that begins in grade 7 and ends in grade 12, making it both a middle and a high school. Many people say that BLS is one of the best schools in the whole country. The classes at the school…

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