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Private School Admissions – ISEE Test Study Plan

Private School Admissions – ISEE Test Study Plan

What is ISEE? 

The ISEE is an independent school entrance exam that measures how you think rather than focusing solely on what you know.  There are different exams for students entering 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade,  5th & 6th  grade, 7th or 8th grade, and 9 10 11 or 12 grade.  

Who needs to take the ISEE?

Anyone looking to attend a private or independent school will need to take this entrance exam. 

What topics are covered on the ISEE Test? 

  • Reading
  • Math
  • Upper grades (5 and up) add quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning, reading comprehension

Top 5 tips for doing well on the exam:

  1. Start with a benchmark test: use this information to make realistic goals and a study plan
  2. Get private instruction to teach specific content areas in math 
  3. Practice ISEE vocabulary everyday
  4. Practice a few math problems each day
  5. Use test-taking strategies for a timed test

Study Plan

It’s best to start instruction in the summer to avoid burnout during the school year. We recommend the following study plan to space your topics out, allow time for mastery, and to prevent burnout and cramming.

  • Summer
    • Start with a benchmark test as a starting point and to identify areas of opportunity.
    • Enroll in private instruction for math content
    • Practice vocabulary
  • Fall
    • Practice math content
    • Practice vocabulary
    • Take a practice test to track your  growth.
  • Winter
    • Take the test

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What it includes:

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Who is it for?

Current 7th and 8th grade students who are looking to strengthen executive functions to improve study and work strategies. 

How it helps:

This class fosters independence, helping students learn how to plan their week, study efficiently, and manage their time. Students are able to complete their homework with the guidance of an executive function coach.

What it includes:

  • Organization of binder, backpack, and academic planner.  
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  • Practice of concepts and methods needed to increase study efficiency and improve critical thinking.  
  • Application of work and study strategies to homework, essays, projects, and assessments.
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Who is it for?

Current 5th and 6th grade students who are looking to strengthen executive functions to improve study and work strategies. 

How it helps:

This class fosters independence, helping students learn how to plan their week, study efficiently, and manage their time. Students are able to complete their homework with the guidance of an executive function coach.

What it includes:

  • Organization of binder, backpack, and academic planner.  
  • Creation of weekly study plans. 
  • Tracking grades to look for patterns that can help improve study strategies.  
  • Practice of concepts and methods needed to increase study efficiency and improve critical thinking.  
  • Application of work and study strategies to homework, essays, projects, and assessments.
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Who is it for?

Current high school students who are looking to strengthen executive functions to improve study and work strategies.

How it Helps:

This class fosters independence, helping students learn how to plan their week, study efficiently, and manage their time. Students are able to complete their homework with the guidance of an executive function coach.

What it includes:

  • Organization of binder, backpack, and academic planner.  
  • Creation of weekly study plans. 
  • Tracking grades to look for patterns that can help improve study strategies.  
  • Practice of concepts and methods needed to increase study efficiency and improve critical thinking.  
  • Application of work and study strategies to homework, essays, projects, and assessments. 

 

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How it helps:

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What it includes:

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Who is it for?

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How it helps:

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What it includes:

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Who is it for?

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How it helps:

The small group setting includes custom lesson plans for each student and helps students improve work endurance, task initiation/engagement, and self-advocacy while mastering foundational skills.

What it includes:

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Who is it for?

Current first and second grade students looking to supplement their school instruction and strengthen foundational skills in reading, writing, and math. 

How it helps:

The small group setting includes custom lesson plans for each student and helps students improve work endurance, task initiation/engagement, and self-advocacy while mastering foundational skills

What it includes

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Who is it for?

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How it helps:

The small group setting helps students improve work endurance, task initiation/engagement, and self-advocacy while mastering foundational skills

What it includes:

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