About Shelby Joe

Shelby Joe 周 is the Founder of Piqosity. He has more than 18 years of experience in education as an entrepreneur, professor, and tutor. Shelby earned his BA in Political Science from Rice University. Born and raised in Mississippi, he now resides in Houston but has also lived in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hamburg.

OpenStax K12 Content is Coming to Piqosity

We're proud to announce that we're partnering with Rice University's OpenStax to vastly expand our instructional material in math and English. OpenStax is one of the world's largest publishers of open educational resources (OER) and fourth largest publisher of educational content. Since 2012, Rice University has been publishing a library of free textbooks through its OpenStax [...]

Piqosity 2.0 Migration Updates

9/8 - We deployed a significant update this afternoon to decrease loading times in the student quiz view, improve usability of the new Piqosity 2.0 teacher assignments feature, and improve the user interface for students completing assignments. We also applied a patch to improve adaptive practice utilizing dynamic difficulty. This article is no longer [...]

By |2022-09-23T15:07:57-05:00September 8th, 2022|Piqosity News|

Synonym Questions on the ISEE Upper Level

The Upper Level ISEE Verbal Reasoning section is composed of two parts - synonyms and sentence completions. You will have 20 minutes to answer 20 Synonym Questions and 20 Sentence Completion Questions. These questions test your knowledge of vocabulary and your ability to apply that knowledge. (Skip this how-to guide and go straight to [...]

By |2022-08-12T14:30:29-05:00August 12th, 2022|English, ISEE: Upper Level|

ISEE Upper Level Overview and Test-Taking Strategies

The Educational Records Bureau (ERB) developed the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) as an admissions tool for private schools, much like the SAT and ACT are used as admissions tools for colleges and universities. The ISEE tests a student’s knowledge of and skills in vocabulary, math, reading, writing, critical thinking, and reasoning to demonstrate [...]

By |2022-08-12T14:15:18-05:00August 12th, 2022|ISEE: Upper Level|

Reading Comprehension Questions on the Upper Level ISEE

Students will have 35 minutes to read six passages and answer 36 questions in the Reading Comprehension section.  These passages will cover a wide variety of topics, including the humanities (literature, art, biography), social studies (history, economics, sociology), and science (medicine, meteorology, zoology).  Each passage is followed by a number of questions that are based [...]

By |2022-09-13T18:05:05-05:00August 12th, 2022|ISEE: Upper Level|

ISEE Math Review – Number Types

The ISEE will directly and indirectly test your knowledge of number types. For example, a word problem may include rules where its values may only be integers or whole numbers. Real Numbers (Numbers that Exists) Natural Numbers include positive numbers do not include zero do not include negative numbers do [...]

By |2022-08-05T13:10:57-05:00August 5th, 2022|ISEE: Upper Level Math Review|

ISEE Math Review – Set Notation

You may be faced with questions that ask you to find the union or intersection of a set of numbers or lines. Usually, set notation is used to demonstrate the relationship between elements of information. A set is simply a group of things, such as numbers, objects, ideas, places, or geometric shapes. The items [...]

By |2022-08-05T13:00:22-05:00August 5th, 2022|ISEE: Upper Level Math Review|

ISEE Math Review – Fractions and Decimals

Rational numbers are numbers that can be represented as a fraction whose numerator and denominator are both integers. Fractions Overview The numerator is located in the top portion of a fraction, and the denominator is located in the bottom portion of a fraction. The denominator cannot be zero, as any number divided by zero [...]

By |2022-08-05T12:50:40-05:00August 5th, 2022|ISEE: Upper Level Math Review|
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