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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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The Hardest ISEE Math Problem

STUMPERS Volume 2: Inches away.

In this series of posts, we will explore some of our practice questions that have stumped a remarkable number of students. We hope to highlight some common mistakes and how to avoid them on the official test.

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The Hardest ISEE Verbal Problem

STUMPERS Volume 1: To choose or not to choose.

In this series of posts, we will explore some of our practice questions that have stumped a remarkable number of students. We hope to highlight some common mistakes and how to avoid them on the official test.

For our first installment, we’ll look at the ISEE question with the very lowest correct rate out of more than 4,000 practice questions on our tests.

So here’s the question, from one of our Middle Level practice exams. See if you can fill in the blank with the correct word:

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What's the difference? State Achievement Exams vs. the ISEE

Families across the nation have become familiar with mandatory state achievement tests.

While some private school students remain fairly inexperienced with standardized testing, the majority of students, and certainly those in public schools, are all too acquainted with various achievement test acronyms.

How does the ISEE differ from mandatory achievement tests?

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How to nail the ISEE's essay

We get a lot of questions about the essay section of the ISEE. In truth, the essay is a bit of an enigma. First off, it is not graded, but instead is sent to the schools to which your student is applying. For that reason, the criteria for a good essay can vary widely. Some schools see the ISEE's essay is a crucial part of the overall application, while others don’t put very much emphasis on it at all.

Even with this caveat in mind, prepping for the essay can be just as important as practicing the ISEE’s multiple-choice sections. But what makes a good essay?

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Why you have to use our online scoring system

In this post, we answer the question: “where are the answer keys?”

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VIDEO: How to use our awesome online testing system!

If you're curious about how our online test-taking and diagnostic system works, check out this video walk-through with Test Innovators' CEO Edan.

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