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HSPT, ISEE, PSAT, SAT, ACT, AP, IB—AHHHH! Acronyms that induce stress for parents and students alike.

Not to worry. Our test preparation wizards guide students through the perils of standardized testing while fending off evil scores, the monsters of test anxiety, and the woes and foes of running out of time! Our weapons of choice? Cram Manuals and FREE mock exams, a surefire way to keep the enemy at bay.

What to Expect:

  • One-on-one, in-home sessions
  • Two consultants: one math and one verbal
  • Cram Manuals to help supplement sessions
  • Free mock exams
  • Personalized test-taking strategies for each student
  • Flexibility and consultant expertise in multiple tests

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Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)

Overview

The ISEE is an admissions test that offers three levels of testing: Lower Level (entrance into grades five and six), Middle Level (entrance into grades seven and eight), and Upper Level (entrance into grades nine through 12). The ISEE is administered by many private schools as part of their admissions process.

Format

The ISEE consists of four sections: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Mathematics Achievement. All levels of the exam consist of multiple-choice questions and an essay. The essay is not scored but instead sent to the receiving school.

Scoring

Scores are reported for each subject in stanines, ranging from one to nine, and cannot be compared among the Lower, Middle, and Upper Level exams.

Time

Lower Level: 2 hours and 20 minutes and includes two breaks

Middle Level: 2 hours and 40 minutes and includes two breaks

Upper Level: 2 hours and 40 minutes and includes two breaks

Availability

Students may test up to three times in a year, once in any or all three of the testing seasons. The Fall testing season is August-November, the Winter testing season is December-March, and the Spring/Summer testing season is April-July.

Cost

$105

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High School Placement Test (HSPT)

Overview

The HSPT is a standardized test used by some private and Catholic schools as part of their admissions process for eighth graders entering the ninth grade. The HSPT is used exclusively for entrance into 9-12 high schools.

Format

The HSPT consists of five multiple-choice sections: Verbal, Quantitative, Reading, Math, and Language.

Scoring

Scores are reported on a scale of 200 to 800. A score above 600 is generally viewed as “above average.” Schools requiring the HSPT will define a score that is necessary for admission.

Time

The HSPT is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes but may vary from school to school.

Availability

The HSPT is administered once a year and may only be taken once.

Cost

The cost of the HSPT is usually included in the application fee for the school to which the student is applying.

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PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10

Overview

The PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 serves as a practice test for the SAT and gives students the opportunity to enter the National Merit Scholarship Corporation scholarship programs. The PSAT/NMSQT is offered to students in 11th grade and the PSAT 10 is offered to students in 10th grade.

Format

The PSAT consists of two components: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math. The math section is composed of two parts: the Calculator section and the No-Calculator section. The content of the PSAT is similar to that of the new SAT and will keep pace with the student’s grade level, matching the content and scope of work found in the classroom. There is no guessing penalty.

Scoring

The PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 will have four different score reports:

Total Score: 320 to 1520

Section Score: 160 to 760

Test Scores: 8 to 38

NMSC Selection Index: 48 to 228

Scores will be reported on a shared common score scale as the new SAT.

Time

The PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Availability

The PSAT is generally offered on a Wednesday in October. Students must sign up for the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 with their high school counselor. Online registration is not available.

Cost

$15

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SAT

Overview

The SAT is a standardized, multiple-choice test used by many colleges as part of their admissions process. The SAT tests both basic concepts taught in school as well as how well students can apply those concepts to different types of problems. The SAT stresses problems grounded in real-world contexts.

Format

The SAT is composed of five sections: Reading, Writing and Language, Math-No Calculator, Math-Calculator, and an optional Essay section. The Reading and Writing and Language sections contain only multiple choice questions. The Math-No Calculator and Math-Calculator sections both contain a combination of multiple choice and free response questions. Students are not penalized for incorrect response-hence, guessing is highly encouraged as it will not hurt a student’s score.

Scoring

The SAT is comprised of two main sections: Mathematics and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing. There is also an optional Essay section. Students receive a raw score for each section that is equal to the total number of questions they answer correctly per section. The redesigned SAT does not deduct any points for incorrect answers. The raw scores for both the Mathematics and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing sections are scaled from 200-800, and the two scaled scores are added together for a composite score ranging from 400-1600. The Essay section is scored from 2-8 and is based on a student’s reading, analytical, and writing skills. The Essay score does not impact the composite score.

Time

The SAT is 3 hours, which includes two breaks and an optional 50 minute Essay section.

Availability

The SAT is offered seven times per year: October, November, December, January, March, May, and June.

Cost

SAT without Essay: $43

SAT with Essay: $54.50

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ACT

Overview

The ACT is a curriculum based standardized test used by universities for admission purposes. Most universities recommend that students complete the optional Writing section.

Format

The ACT is composed of four sections: English, Math, Reading, and Science and an optional Writing section. Students are not penalized for incorrect answers—hence, guessing is highly encouraged as it will not hurt the score.

Scoring

Each section is graded individually with a total possible score of 36. The four scores are averaged to produce a composite score on a scale of one to 36. The optional Writing section is scored on a scale of two to 12.

Time

The ACT is 3 hours and 10 minutes with an optional 40 minute Writing section and two breaks.

Availability

The ACT is offered six times per year: September, October, December, February, April, and June.

Cost

Without Writing: $35.00

With Writing: $50.50

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Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

Overview

AP exams are generally taken after the completion of an AP course. The exam measures if the student has sufficiently mastered the material to possibly earn college credit. A student can choose from 34 exams.

Format

There are generally two parts to any AP exam. The first part consists of multiple-choice questions. The second part of the exam consists of free-response questions in either an essay or problem-solving format.

Scoring

Each AP exam is measured by the AP’s five-point scale: 5 – extremely well qualified; 4 – well-qualified; 3 – qualified; 2 – possibly qualified; and 1 – no recommendation. The score for the multiple choice section only reflects answers that were answered correctly; the student is not penalized for wrong answers.

Time

Most AP exams are 2 to 3 hours long.

Availability

The AP Exams are offered in May.

Cost

$89

International Baccalaureate (IB) Exams

Overview

The IB exams are the final component to earning an IB Diploma. Students must test in six different IB subject areas while completing three additional components: Creativity, Action, Service; Extended Essay; and Theory of Knowledge. Each exam is criterion-related and students are measured against pre-specified assessment criteria based on the objectives of each subject curriculum.

Scoring

Exams are scored on a scale of one to seven with four considered as passing. Students must earn 24 points cumulatively to receive the IB Diploma. Bonus points may be earned through the Extended Essays and Theory of Knowledge Papers but are not factored in as part of the required 24 points.

Availability

The IB exams are offered in May.

Cost

The cost varies from year-to-year.

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SAT Subject Tests

Overview

The SAT Subject Test is designed to measure a student’s knowledge of and skills in English, history, mathematics, science, and foreign languages. Universities use the Subject Tests as part of the admissions process, course placement, and course selection. For Subject Test requirements, student should consult their school counselors and their particular college of interest.

Format

Each Subject Test has a multiple-choice component and varies in format.

Scoring

The SAT Subject Tests are scored on a scale of 200 to 800.

Time

Subject Tests are 1 hour.

Availability

SAT Subject Tests are offered six times per year: October, November, December, January, May, and June. Students are allowed to take up to three SAT Subject Tests on a single test date.

Cost

$51