How Both Students and Parents Should Prep for the ISEE & SSAT
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The ISEE and SSAT are often cloaked in mystery. We’ll shed some light on both tests so that families can approach the tests without anxiety or confusion.
During this webinar, David Phelps will teach parents about the ISEE and SSAT tests that students take for admission to independent middle schools and high schools. For all their differences, the ISEE and SSAT are both tests of mindset just as much as they are tests of memorizing material. On other tests like the ACT and SAT, students work to master the content of every question in advance; on the ISEE and SSAT, they work to solve questions that are often beyond their grade level and they may not recognize at all. Often, these exams aren’t testing if students know the right answers, but if they have the right approach to get the right answer most of the time. These are strategy tests, in other words. Mindset tests.
In this hour-long discussion, we’ll look at what good prep looks like–what it means to prep for content and what it means to prep for the right mindset. We’ll start by running through the pragmatics:
- Which test is better to take?
- How are the exams scored?
- What’s a good score?
Then we’ll quickly pivot to the bigger picture:
- How should students optimize their prep time?
- How can they gauge potential issues with retention, anxiety, pacing, and endurance–and how can they deal with those issues?
- What should parents do to help students succeed with the right mindset?
- How should students prepare for changes in the test during the pandemic?
Of course, we’ll also save time for Q&A.
David Phelps is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Forum Education. A tutor by trade, David has spent the last decade consulting and tutoring nearly every major subject and test to private school students of widely different learning and psychological profiles. At Forum, he has personally co-architected three apps for tutors and education, as well as advanced mock test diagnostics that recommend what students should work on to optimize their score. He is also the author of a number of guides for analytical writing, college essays, business, chemistry, and test prep.