Our test prep program is unique, with a personalized and custom tailored program for each student. Whether your child is taking the ISEE, SSAT, HSPT or TACHS, we begin with an evaluation to ascertain strengths and limitations and to procure a baseline score. We then utilize our extensive inventory of instructional materials to improve verbal skills, math skills, and test-taking strategies.
The highly competitive independent school entrance exams demands early and intense preparation. Those who register for the December ISEE/SSAT should be enrolled in a program no later than September. Our rigorous ISEE/SSAT programs combine instruction in test taking strategies with enrichment work to challenge students beyond the requirements of their current grade level. Families often register for our ISEE/SSAT programs uncertain if private schooling is the route they would like to take. Fortunately, the preparation for these exams can be viewed as enrichment that will benefit students in the classroom and beyond.
Of all the exams 8th graders can take this year, this exam has the reputation of being the least challenging. However, please do not be misled by the various test preparation books, especially with the recent changes to the exam. With the lack of resources available to the public to support these changes, it's student feedback and our dedication to provide students with the most up-to-date program offerings that has given ALC unique insight as to how challenging the exam really is, which we have used to create customized programs for students.
What can families do at home to support their children through this process? Know your child’s strengths and weaknesses and use general content books to develop skills in addition to the standard test prep. books. If your child has not started prep. over the summer, pick 2-3 areas to focus on and not necessarily the weakest (grammar and general math are great places to begin). If nothing else, have your child take a practice exam so he/she will become familiar with the format.