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Don’t Sign Your Child Up For The Wrong Private School Entrance Exam


If you’re planning to send your child to a private middle school or high school, you’ve likely done research on which school is the best fit. However, getting accepted into your child’s school of choice requires taking the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) or the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT). But how can you be sure you’re registering for the right test?

Most schools will accept either test for admissions, which gives you the option of choosing the one that best fits your child’s abilities. But, it is suggested to speak with an expert in admissions to make sure you know what your target school expects and prefers.

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While the ISEE and SSAT both test the same material, the vocabulary, math, and reading comprehension sections are formatted different. In the vocabulary section, the ISEE tends to favor sentence completion and synonyms, whereas the SSAT uses analogies and synonyms. Mathematical reasoning plays a strong role in the ISEE in the math section, but it isn’t a hearty part of the SSAT math section. When it comes to the reading comprehension section, the ISEE includes longer passages than those on the SSAT, but on the SSAT there are a broader range of passage genres, including poetry.

Some students do better on one test vs. the other, however, this isn’t always the case. What’s important to remember is that neither test is harder than the other. Try some practice questions from both the ISEE and the SSAT to get a better idea of which form of testing your child excels in.

Lauren Hubbard