High School Admissions: ISEE, SSAT and HSPT

High School Admissions Tests

MJ Test Prep offers individual tutoring sessions for the high school admissions tests. We recommend that students prepping for these tests start off by taking a full practice test in the office before coaching sessions are booked. The practice test will be scored within 48 hours. From there, we will offer feedback on the test and determine the best way to move forward.

The Independent School Entrance Examination, or ISEE, is an entrance exam used by many independent schools and magnet schools. The ISEE has three levels: the Lower level, for entrance into grades 5-6; Middle level, for entrance into grades 7-8; Upper level, for entrance into grades 9-12. All levels consist of five sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Mathematics Achievement, and a 30-minute essay section. The test is approximately three hours long in total, including time for two breaks.

The Secondary School Admission Test, or SSAT, is an admissions test administered to students in grades 5-11 to help determine placement into independent or private junior high and high schools. Despite its similar name, the SSAT is not related to the SAT and is not administered by the College Board.

There are two levels of the SSAT: the Lower level for students in grades 5-7 and the Upper level, designed for students in grades 8-11. The SSAT consists of two parts: a brief essay and multiple-choice sections that include Mathematics, Reading Comprehension, and Verbal.

The Scholastic Testing Service High School Placement Test, or the HSPT, is an admissions tests administered to students applying to Catholic schools. This test is a five-part, multiple-choice test of verbal, quantitative, reading, mathematics, and language skills.

The coaches at MJ Test Prep are experienced in working with younger students and can help your child get the head start needed for a strong academic future. Contact us for more information.

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