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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.
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From a client today whose child will be starting a top Riverdale private school this fall:
Looking at the whole process in retrospect, I just wanted to thank you for giving scaffolding to the otherwise-chaotic-appearing admissions season. Your "bedside manner," your knowledge about the school and your faith in us as a family made us much less anxious about all the steps that we and (name) needed to take to get in. There are so many "perfect" candidates for each admissions spot, and I have no doubt that your coordination made the critical difference that made our family stand out and (name) achieve admission.
So *THANK YOU.*
NYC private school notification and reply dates are set by ISAAGNY, the Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York, a group of private school administrators. I have always been troubled by the kindergarten notification and reply date.
A multitude of NYC families apply to kindergarten, a process that begins as early as mid-August and stretches into early February. Families attend parent interviews, child interviews, open houses, and tours and often additional events such as diversity nights, chapel services, and theater performances. For six months, families must be on call and ready to show great enthusiasm for whatever event NYC private schools decide to organize. Often, parents' work and family schedules are severely compromised as moms and dads work hard to do their best by their children in hopes of succeeding in the admissions game.
And then, on the first Friday in February, notification arrives. Decisions. Acceptances, rejections and wait lists.
My concern? Families get ONLY ONE WEEK to decide.
And note, this is ONLY kindergarten families. Accepted high school applicants have a month to make a decision, and middle school applicants, three weeks. Why should kindergarten families, after this extensive and arduous admissions process, be pressured into making such a quick decision about where their children will likely spend the next thirteen years?