SSAT or ISEE: Planning Guide

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The SSAT and the ISEE are both standard exams required by many private and boarding schools, but there are some significant differences between the tests.

Understanding the tests can help you decide which test might be better for your child, when given a choice. 

For example, did you know that scoring is remarkably different?

It’s true! 

On the SSAT, students lose 1/4 point for every wrong answer, which is essentially a "guessing penalty." On the ISEE, however, no points are taken off for wrong answers. Thus, on the SSAT, students should NOT guess on questions they don't know, but on the ISEE, they should use a specific type of guessing strategy.

These types of test nuances are not always readily apparent, but understanding them is an important key to your child's success.

Not sure which test your child should take? This guide can help!

But It’s So Confusing!

It's understandable to feel that way.

There are many things to consider, and it can get overwhelming really quickly.

As a parent, you might be wondering if the test can be taken multiple times or if there’s a “best” time to take one.

When you don’t have a clear-cut picture of what your child needs to do to prepare, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and then lose even more valuable prep time.

But it doesn't have to be that way. These tests are manageable, predictable, and coachable with the right knowledge and skills.


Here’s The Good News…

You know what can happen. You know that your child has potential, but you need to figure out your next steps.

When you download my SSAT/ISEE Planning Guide, you’ll get many of your questions answered, like…

  • Which test should my child take?

  • What are the differences between the two tests?

  • When is the best time to take the test?

  • When does my child need to start preparing?

Finally, a guide to help you understand the tests on your own terms!