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SSAT Essay Samples

Writing a good essay means following a few key rules about writing. Take a look at the following paragraph and try to identify what’s wrong with it. What’s wrong with the paragraph you just read? The biggest problem is that it goes off topic. Granted, you’re only seeing the beginning of the essay, but you can […]

The ISEE versus the SSAT

While the SSAT, or Secondary School Admissions Test, and the ISEE, or Independent School Entrance Examination, are standardized examinations used by admissions professionals at private elementary, middle, and high schools. They share a common purpose, but there are some key differences between the two.   The SSAT has 3 levels: Elementary (for students currently in […]

What is the SSAT?

The SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) is a required entrance exam at many independent schools throughout the United States. The test, created and administered by the Secondary School Admission Test Board in Princeton, New Jersey, is a multiple-choice exam that consists of Verbal, Reading Comprehension, and Quantitative (Math) sections. In addition, there is a writing […]

The SSAT Essay: What to Expect

The SSAT requires an essay, but it’s not graded. So why do you need to write it? Well, the essay is a great way for schools to see how well you express yourself. The rest of the test tells them how well you perform on a series of standard tasks, but the essay is the one […]

The Week Before the ISEE

Is it starting to feel like as though your whole life is a buildup to the ISEE? You really want to go to a certain school, and you know your parents want you to as well. You have worried about the test for months and spent at least a few hours in solid preparation for it. […]

What is the ISEE?

The ISEE, or “Independent School Entrance Exam,” assesses an applicant’s skills and compares their scores with those of other applicants in the same grade. It’s used as one method of determining an applicant’s qualifications for admittance into top-performing private schools.   The ISEE has three levels: Upper Level (for students currently in grades 8–11) Middle […]