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Balancing Content and Strategy in Your SSAT/ISEE Prep
26 October, 2021
One of the most important things you can do in standardized test prep is learn the key strategies. This is because the structure of the test is part of the challenge of the test. Knowing all the material that can show up isn’t enough to get a perfect score; skills like pacing yourself optimally and using the multiple-choice format to your advantage are also essential. This is as true for the SSAT and ISEE as it is for any other standardized test, but these tests are somewhat unique in that lear
SSAT and ISEE Prep for Private, Independent, and Boarding School Admissions
19 October, 2021
For many families, the independent, private, and boarding school admissions process can be intimidating. And that’s probably an understatement: this process tends to feel a bit like arm-wrestling an octopus, only the octopus is cheating. Not only does each individual school have its own set of admissions policies and procedures, but many also include a requirement to submit standardized test scores. This often puts parents in the unfortunate position of having to tackle the standardized test pre
Optimizing Your ISEE Testing Schedule
13 October, 2021
There’s nothing quite like the ISEE testing schedule, and honestly, that’s probably for the best. Until fairly recently, students could only take the ISEE once per school year, which made total sense; after all, nothing says "reliable indicator of your future success in school” like your performance during exactly one three-hour period on a single random day. Fortunately, this is no longer the case! The ERB now divides the calendar year into three ‘testing seasons' [https://www.erblearn.org/fam
Optimizing Your SSAT Testing Schedule
04 October, 2021
Constructing an ideal testing schedule for the SSAT is far more straightforward than doing likewise for the ISEE, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Even just trying to navigate the SSAT’s labyrinthine (complimentary vocab word preview!) website can feel like an adventure unto itself. Fortunately, your friendly neighborhood test experts are here with some helpful tips on optimizing your SSAT testing schedule. For the paper-based Middle Level and Upper Level tests, the SSAT is offered on six Stand
The PSAT: An Overview of the Practice Test & Prep
16 September, 2021
The Preliminary SAT, which is also called the PSAT/NMSQT [https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/inside-the-test/math] or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, is part of the College Board’s suite of assessments for college preparedness. The PSAT test serves two primary purposes: it prepares students for the SAT while simultaneously providing a scholarship opportunity. The format of the test and the questions themselves are similar to what students can expect to find
SSAT Test Prep: An Overview & Breakdown
25 August, 2021
The SSAT, or Secondary School Admission Test, [https://www.ssat.org/testing/about-the-test] is a standardized test used in the admissions process for private and independent schools. With over 50 expert SSAT tutors, our community is able to guide students efficiently towards their optimal test score. Our team of career tutors know the test inside and out. We tailor our tutoring efforts to fit each individual student in order to focus on both strategies and SSAT test content. The term “standardi
SAT Strategies: 3 Techniques to Master the Writing & Language Section
12 August, 2021
Despite the article title, the SAT Writing & Language section [https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/inside-the-test/writing-language] does not require you to actually write anything. Instead, it tests your ability to pick effective writing using the proper grammar, punctuation, and rhetoric from a series of identical multiple choice answers. The overarching thing students should remember when going over this section is to stop thinking about “what sounds best” or how you personally wou
How Much Do Extracurriculars Matter In College Admissions: A Word From Moon Prep
22 June, 2021
In the 2020-21 cycle, 10% more college applications [https://www.insidehighered.com/admissions/article/2021/01/26/common-apps-new-data-show-overall-gains-applications-not-first] were submitted compared to the previous year. Students were applying to more schools, as the most selective universities [https://www.crimsoneducation.org/us/blog/admissions-news/brown-application-numbers-hit-record-high-for-class-of-2025/] , like Harvard University, Brown University, and New York University, all saw hu
What to Know: A Look into the Hunter College High School Entrance Exam with Jonathan Arak
04 June, 2021
If you're reading this, you're likely already aware of the Hunter College High School admissions process, but there is always the possibility that certain aspects of the entrance exam may be causing some uncertainty. The test typically is administered in mid-January, but given that the last year presented precarious circumstances, the 2021 test will now take place toward the end of June. Although it feels like time is running out, students still have the opportunity to sharpen their existing a
Life After College: How Not to Get Slapped by Reality When You Graduate
24 May, 2021
Sometimes you just need to take “Human Evolution” and try to feel excited about the body’s ability to digest milk. Many students spend their whole lives trying to get into college, only to wake up one day, post-graduation, rubbing their eyes and wondering, “What just happened?” It's the real world that happened. And it's ridiculous. How to prepare for life after college. The most powerful moment of my college experience was when I told my advisor that I didn’t feel like I was developing skill
How to Discuss Your Mental Health on College Applications
19 May, 2021
Should you write about depression in your personal statement? Should you disclose mental health challenges elsewhere on your college application? Here's what experts say. Within the next few months, many rising high school seniors will be staring at a blank computer screen with the same question on their minds: What should I write about in my college application essay?  This question can feel heavy.  After all, by the time students approach the end of their junior year, they’ve surely heard lot
5 Unusual College Applications and Why They Didn’t (or Did) Work
17 May, 2021
Have you been thinking about submitting an atypical college application? Learn from a veteran admissions dean how going above and beyond can sometimes backfire. Having served as an admissions dean at a selective university for nearly 30 years, it should come as no surprise that I have seen some pretty unorthodox approaches to the application process. “Unorthodox” is one of those words that has a little more specificity than “interesting” or “unusual” to describe outliers — people or things tha