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4 reasons why a private school may be right for your child



1. Small class sizes: Many public schools hire terrific teachers, but when the funding (or lack thereof) dictates class sizes of 30 students or more, your student may not be getting the personal attention he or she deserves. At most private schools, you get what you pay for: small class sizes and individualized instruction so that your student can make the most of his or her time in class.

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Three Reasons Why an ISEE Diagnostic Is Crucial

Most students can tell you all about their favorite subject in school. Some kids love reading and writing stories, while others are enthralled by a perfectly puzzling math question.

These individual preferences can often correlate with a child’s success on certain ISEE sections, but it’s essential to thoroughly assess a student’s skills when it comes to taking the test itself. There’s really no better way to diagnose your child’s strengths and weaknesses than with a full-length ISEE practice test.

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How to Use our ISEE Diagnostic Tools

Most people know that it’s important to take a few practice tests before the real exam, but what’s really crucial is learning from that practice. And sometimes that’s easier said than done.

Our team of ISEE educators and tech gurus have created an easy-to-use, online system that offers instant feedback on how your student can improve.

To make the most of our diagnostic system:

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Doodle while we work #5

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More about ISEE Reading Comprehension

The Reading Comprehension (RC) section of the ISEE test is intended to test students' abilities to answer questions about short reading passages in a limited timeframe. Depending on the level, the ISEE RC section consists of 5 or 6 approximately 25-75 line-numbered passages with 5 or 6 questions per passage. While students don’t need “outside information” to score well in this section (as questions are about the provided passages), many students are challenged by limited time, difficulty in understanding certain question types, and advanced vocabulary.

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ISEE Verbal Reasoning

The Verbal Reasoning (VR) section of the ISEE test is intended to assess a student’s vocabulary, ability to identify synonyms, and ability to solve the verbal puzzles known as sentence completions. The questions in VR are all multiple-choice. The first half consists of synonyms, and the second half consists of sentence completions, which are each a sentence with one or two blanks followed by four answer choices.

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ISEE Mathematics Achievement

The Mathematics Achievement (MA) section of the ISEE Test is intended to reflect curriculum related questions, in contrast to the Quantitative Reasoning section which is intended to measure students’ reasoning abilities. While many students struggle more with the Quantitative Reasoning math section, some students find the Mathematics Achievement section to be very difficult, especially because it is the sections with the most questions per allotted time.

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Doodle while we work #4

ISEE test questions

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ISEE Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative Reasoning (QR) section of the ISEE Test is intended to test the mathematical reasoning abilities of students. However, there is still a fair amount of grade level knowledge that students must master to excel on the Quantitative Reasoning section and many students find this section very difficult.

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Arthur Benjamin and the Magic of Numbers

Students are required to learn mathematics, starting in first grade and continuing through most of high school. While we may not all enjoy math, there is no denying the beauty present in it. The Fibonacci sequence embodies this beauty.

Here is a short video by Arthur Benjamin called “The Magic of Fibonacci numbers.” He explains how the Fibonacci sequence works, and all the different ways it is present in math and nature. We hope this makes you excited to study math and discover just how present it is all around us!

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