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SSAT or ISEE?

We are often asked about the differences between the ISEE and SSAT. We’ve put together a definitive guide to help families decide which test to take if they are given the option.

1. The most important question is whether the school(s) to which you are applying accept either or both of the tests. If you aren’t certain, call each school’s admissions office. Don’t study for the wrong test!

2. If you can take either, is the ISEE or SSAT best for you?

Go for it!

ISEE prep inspiration

ISEE top tips

pacing

ISEE Pacing – Correct pacing is one of the most important skills to master. While different questions may take more or less time to answer, you don’t want to spend more than a couple minutes on any one question (unless you’re done with all others). On the essay, it’s essential to learn how to outline and write out 4 to 5 paragraphs in 30 minutes; hence, practice is critical!

5 tips for a perfect exam day

  • Drink up: Make a point to drink enough water on your exam day.
  • Don’t stay up: Many people stay up late the night before an exam. This leaves our brains exhausted the next day, which can affect exam performance. Getting plenty of sleep before exams is a must.

How is the ISEE essay graded?

Many of my students ask me how the ISEE essay is graded. I answer: It is not “graded” but rather sent to the schools to which you apply.

So, who reads your essay? People who work in admissions at your schools of choice.

The 30-minute timed ISEE essay is their opportunity to see how you write without any assistance or adult editors.

What do they look for?