Articles tagged with ISEE

Ask a Private School Admissions Expert: Dr. Fran Walfish

Ask a Private School Admissions Expert: Dr. Fran Walfish

Varsity Tutors brings you insider tips and advice straight from nationally recognized admissions experts. Dr. Fran Walfish is a top leading child and family psychotherapist located in Beverly Hills, California. She was a clinical staff member at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for 15 years and served a 4-year term as Chair of the Board of The Early Childhood Parenting Center founded in Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles. Dr. Walfish runs her own private practice where she counsels and consults young children and their families through many events including private school admissions processes. She has been featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, C ... Read More About Ask a Private School Admissions Expert: Dr. Fran Walfish

Ask a Private School Admissions Expert: Emily Glickman

Ask a Private School Admissions Expert: Emily Glickman

Varsity Tutors brings you insider tips and advice straight from nationally recognized admissions experts. Emily Glickman is the founder and president of Abacus Guide Educational Consulting, a leading private school consulting service in New York. She currently serves as an alumni admissions interviewer for Columbia University and is a vastly well-known expert on private school admissions. Emily has also been featured in several prestigious publications such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. VT: What is the typical timeline for private school admissions? Emily: Families should start to think about private school admissio ... Read More About Ask a Private School Admissions Expert: Emily Glickman

How To Improve SSAT Scores

How To Improve SSAT Scores

Update: Some of this article's advice is now outdated due to changes in the SSAT. A more recent article on the exam can be found here.The SSAT along with the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) are used for admissions into private/independent schools. Some schools favor the ISEE, others favor the SSAT and some will look at whichever you scored best on. See more from Varsity Tutors on how to improve ISEE scores. Don’t add pressure: The tests can cause tons of pressure and anxiety for younger students, especially when parents pile it on. That’s why having the right mindset is just as important as the best SSAT prep. Avoid telli ... Read More About How To Improve SSAT Scores

Comparing The ISEE And The SSAT

Comparing The ISEE And The SSAT

Which is better: the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) or the Secondary School Aptitude Test (SSAT)? Well, both are used for entrance into private/independent schools, but they’re not exactly interchangeable. Some independent schools will accept only the ISEE, others only the SSAT, and some will consider whichever test you scored higher on. But, before you spend tons of hours prepping for one test, make sure the school(s) you’re interested in accept it. Test levels: First of all, the ISEE has three levels: lower for students currently in grades 4-5, middle for grades 6-7 and upper for grades 8-11. The SSAT only has two leve ... Read More About Comparing The ISEE And The SSAT

How To Improve Your ISEE Essay

How To Improve Your ISEE Essay

The ISEE essay is not scored, but it will automatically be sent to schools along with the rest of your report. Thus, preparing for the ISEE essay is as crucial as the rest of your ISEE examp prep. A strong essay can allow you to demonstrate stellar writing skills, as well as the ability to think on your feet and construct a well organized, meaningful piece. Here are some tips to help you do just that: Essay prompt: You’ll have 30 minutes to respond to a given prompt. The prompts won’t be too complicated, and most will ask simple questions like: describe your favorite book? What’s your fondest memory? What ... Read More About How To Improve Your ISEE Essay