Secondary School Entrance Exams
Too many students applying to private secondary schools take admission for granted, only to wind up very disappointed when they do not get accepted to the school of choice. St. Louis has a limited number of independent prep schools with a limited number of spaces available each year. Many aspiring applicants already attend private elementary schools, so presence in the private school system alone cannot guarantee acceptance at one’s secondary school of choice.
Private secondary schools look at a student’s academic record and personal background, but need a method to compare students who have recorded success at a variety of different schools. To help sort the applicants, private secondary schools rely heavily on entrance exams, usually the ISEE or SSAT. Both these tests take several hours and cover reading comprehension, vocabulary, verbal reasoning, mathematics, quantitative reasoning and expository writing. For a student just nearing the end of elementary school, such a long and unfamiliar test can create a great deal of anxiety, particularly since admission to the school of choice may turn on registering a high score.
Typically, most applicants accepted to the private secondary schools in St. Louis perform far above the norm on the ISEE or SSAT. Hence, for most applicants, scoring in the top fifteen percent of all test-takers becomes an unwritten expectation, one too many students fail to realize.
We help students in fifth and sixth grade prepare for the ISEE over an extended period of time. In one-on-one sessions, we build a strong familiarity with and understanding of the different test sections and question types. We work on building stronger vocabulary, more sophisticated reasoning skills, reviewing math concepts and developing self-confidence. Quite simply, we take the fear out of the test and replace it with positive results.
Visit the Secondary School Test Prep Case Studies to see how very different types of students worked with us to meet their ISEE and SSAT test goals.