Test Innovators ISEE Blog

Guessing Strategies for ISEE Math

The best-case scenario for any test is knowing how to do every problem. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. So what do you do when you’re faced with a problem you don’t understand and you truly have no idea how to even begin?

Here is a strategy that will increase the odds that you get a question right when you know nothing about the content of the question and can’t eliminate any answer choices.

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Top 10 Most Competitive ISEE Schools

Thinking of applying to one of these schools? Others are too!

Boston Latin School

#3: Boston Latin School

Here are the top 10 most competitive ISEE schools, based on the number of students who stated their intention to apply.

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All about ISEE Accommodations

What kinds of accommodations are offered on the ISEE?

     The most common accommodation is extended time – usually 50% more on each section. Prometric offices offer two extended time options, time and a half or double time.

     We also offer time and a half for our practice tests so you can experience exactly what it will be like on test day!

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Where do schools require the ISEE vs. the SSAT?

You may know about the content differences between the ISEE and the SSAT from our previous post here. But there are also big geographic differences. Schools in Georgia, for example, never use the ISEE for admission, while schools in Texas never ask for SSAT scores.

Check out this map to see which states prefer the ISEE over the SSAT (click to enlarge).

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What is the most important ISEE section?

Parents often ask us which ISEE section is the most important to a competitive application. It’s also a question we like to discuss with our internal team and with our network of tutors and school administrators. And as with everything else, we’ve analyzed our data to find the answer to this question.

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ISEE Success: Joseph and the $100K Scholarship

Of the hundreds of success stories we heard from last year's ISEE test takers, we were especially inspired by Joseph's. Watch his story below.

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Data Analysis: How our test takers performed by state

Over the summer, we've been poring over the tens of thousands of data points we attained from our ISEE practice test system this year. We were interested to see how students performed by question type, especially when it came to geographic location.

We found that five states were the top performers on all sections of the ISEE, but there were slight variations in their relative strengths. Here is a map of the top five states--New York, Massachusetts, California, Texas, and Washington--by ISEE section:

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How did grade level affect performance on our ISEE practice tests?

This is the first in a three-part series of data analysis posts. We wanted to investigate how a student's grade level affected their performance on our ISEE tests.

In the first part, we'll show you our findings about fifth versus sixth grade performance.

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ISEE School of the Week #1: Pingry

In our School of the Week series, we’ll be profiling some of the schools that use the ISEE as part of their admissions package. We hope to demonstrate the enormous diversity of competitive schools in the US, Canada, and abroad.

The first school we drew out of our hat is The Pingry School in New Jersey. Let’s take a look.

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Prep School or Law Firm?

We are fascinated by the rich history of North America's preparatory schools. We've noticed, however, that many school names sound a little bit like law practices. Can you tell which of the following are schools, and which are firms?

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