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My students applying to NYC private schools are taking these tests more than once, and typically seeing score gains on the second administration.The ISEE is required for admission to NYC private middle or high school--you can also take the SSAT, a competing test. With all these options, students are now often taking the tests more than once, seeking the highest possible score. This is a boon to the test companies, and unfortunate for students, as competition ratchets up. Just three years ago, students generally took these tests only once.
Character Skills Snapshot:
More day and boarding schools are requiring or recommending this supplement to the SSAT that is supposed to evaluate students' initiative, intellectual engagement, open-mindedness, resilience, self-control, social awareness, and teamwork. I don't think you can measure character skills by taking an online, at home assessment test. Schools do students a disservice by bringing this test into the admissions process.
Some schools now have a common (shared) middle school essay as well as the common high school essay introduced a few years ago.
Are SAT Subject Tests (SAT IIs) on their way out? Today, few institutions require the tests, and many require them only of STEM and engineering applicants. What this means is that for many students, 11th grade is not the nightmare it used to be. For more information: Are the SAT Subject Tests on the Way Out?
Which SAT or PSAT administration you take may make a big difference in your score, as some test dates feature tests that are markedly easier than others, a problem because then the curve becomes too difficult as one mistake means a significant score penalty: Trouble with October 24th PSAT Scoring Curve
Some colleges are now trying to get students to commit early not only through Early Decision 1, but through Early Decision II. New Front in College Admissions: Nudging Students to Decide Early As elite colleges compose more and more of their classes with candidates who have committed early, students who are looking for best fit vs. best name are disadvantaged.
Harvard is getting sued and sued. Besides the high-profile admissions lawsuit alleging that Harvard's admissions process discriminates against Asian-American applicants, Harvard is dealing with several other legal challenges.
The ERB has replaced the WISC test, which supposedly measures intelligence, with the Primary Level ISEE, an achievement test, for admission for applicants to 2nd-4th grade.
The all online test (given on an ipad) is administered at the ERB New York Office in small groups. Registration opened online in mid August and testing began on November 1st.
According to Molly Phelan of Noodle Pros, there are some differences between each of the Primary Level exams. Both the Primary Level 2 and 3 exams (for students currently in 1st and 2nd grades) "contain a picture with the Writing Prompt, which offers students the opportunity to be creative and self-expressive with their individual writing styles. In Primary Level 2 Reading Comprehension, there is a short Auditory Comprehension section that tests how students listen to a passage, which contains no text. Students then answer questions that relate to the passage."
For all Primary Level tests, the Writing section is untimed, allowing all students to type at their own pace.