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SSAT/ISEE Preparation

The SSAT and ISEE are standardized tests that measure academic performance and are required for admission to most independent schools. Many students tend to perform similarly on these tests because the content is similar. The tests differ in scoring and logistics, so those details will help determine which one a student should take.

The SSAT (Secondary School Admissions Test) consists of five sections: writing (not scored), reading comprehension, verbal reasoning, and two quantitative reasoning sections. There is also a brief, unscored experimental section at the end. The length and difficulty of these sections depend on which grade the student is currently in.

The ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) consists of five sections, as well: writing sample (not scored), verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, reading comprehension, and mathematics achievement. There is also a brief, unscored experimental section. The length and difficulty of these sections depend on which grade the student is applying to.

  • Carnegie Prep focuses exclusively on one-on-one test preparation when it comes to the ISEE and SSAT exams. Preparation is designed to improve test-taking skills and build confidence.
  • We have highly specialized ISEE and SSAT tutors who know how to motivate and encourage younger students. Our tutors customize each lesson plan to fit a student’s needs, while teaching the strategies and concepts applicable to the test.

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Lynn, Thank you so much for all of your help and advice! Sam was the best. Really I couldn’t say more positive things about working with her–if only everyone in my life were so conscientious, friendly, and diligent! We are delighted (and relieved) that the ISEE went well for our son, he worked really hard and I’m so glad it paid off for him. Thank you!

MM, Parent

Laurie did an excellent job preparing our daughter for the SSATs. She also tutored her in Algebra where was she was among the top students in her class. She was delightful to work with and fully committed to the success of our daughter.

AG, Parent

Laurie quickly became the full time math tutor for both my daughters, and then became their tutor for the SSAT prep for high school. Both of my daughter’s grades improved dramatically, and more importantly their confidence. Laurie had a way of always making them feel as though they were able to do anything they put their minds to.

AG, Parent

Sam is modest and understands the subtleties of competitive applications to boarding schools. With Sam’s focused and insightful help, and time flexibility, our time-crunched son completed the exam with an overall SSAT score in the 95th percentile and with a much more competitive balance between Verbal and Quantitative.

MG, Parent

Caroline was truly wonderful. She helped my daughter’s scores improve tremendously on the SSATs (on the actual SSAT, she scored an 80% percentile on her math – far above where her practice scores had been when she started with Caroline and the area that needed the most improvement).

DF, Parent

Not only was Caroline phenomenal in helping my daughter’s scores improve dramatically, she was so professional, courteous and sensitive to my daughter’s workload. She was able to focus her preparation without unduly piling on the work. My daughter loved working with Caroline and so did I! I could not recommend her more highly.

DF, Parent

I want to write to thank you for referring us to Caroline to help my daughter with her ISEE preparation. Caroline was very organized – I like how she would go through each topic that required additional help and how she organized the vocabulary learning. Caroline engaged well with my daughter and helped her feel motivated to learn well.

SF, Parent

Every student’s needs will be different, and Lynn Carnegie and Carnegie Prep show the ability to rapidly adapt SAT/SSAT tutoring to each individual student, with kindly encouragement, practicality, cost-effectiveness, and making it all seem almost easy!

MG, Parent

Sam  – Thanks to all of your help on the SSAT, my daughter got into all 7 schools she applied to and is going to Taft! We were so lucky to have found you. I don’t think she would be going there without you. Thanks so much.

LF, Parent