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Shelby Joe 周 is the Founder of Piqosity. He has more than 17 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.

When Should You Start Preparing for the ISEE Test

Students prepare for the ISEE private school admissions test year-round; however, assuming a January or February test date and application deadline, about a quarter of students will start preparing in summer; half—the majority—will start in fall, and the remainder will play catch-up in winter. But you should start preparing for the ISEE private school [...]

Free ISEE Diagnostic Practice Tests

Our Christmas update brings new, free ISEE practice tests for the Upper, Middle, and Lower levels and enhanced app performance! To keep up with surging student numbers, we gave ourselves the gift of new server hardware for Christmas. You'll notice the difference with these new AMD-powered servers in significantly faster loading times across the [...]

The Differences Between the ACT and SAT

Versus the SAT, the ACT generally presents questions in a less complex manner but requires students to know more advanced concepts and work more quickly. However, our experience working with thousands of students over the last 17 years is that fewer than 5% of students will score significantly different on the SAT vs the [...]

By |2020-12-29T11:03:45-06:00December 9th, 2020|ACT, Analysis, SAT|0 Comments

Introducing Animated Video Lessons

Several weeks ago we made a major update to Piqosity which introduced in-app concept review lessons across our ISEE, ACT, and SAT preparation courses. That initial batch of more than 100 lessons was mostly text and image-based. Today's update brings the first 20 videos--approximately 2-hours--on a broad range of math topics ranging from fundamentals like [...]

By |2020-11-12T09:30:16-06:00November 11th, 2020|Piqosity News|0 Comments

Major Fall Update Introduces Concept Lessons

Early Friday morning we pushed a major software update to Piqosity which introduces Concept Lessons. These lessons allow students to brush up on tested academic concepts directly within the Piqosity application. For example, if an ISEE student doesn't quite understand the probability, they can now read a lesson walking them through the topic. Now [...]

By |2020-10-16T16:51:11-05:00October 16th, 2020|Piqosity News|0 Comments

10 ISEE Practice Tests Available Now

Piqosity now offers a market-leading 10 full-length ISEE practice tests each for the Upper, Middle, and Lower level ISEE tests. No other content publisher comes close to offering this amount of ISEE practice tests*. Piqosity's tests are level-specific, meaning that there really are 10 tests for each level of the ISEE for applying to [...]

How the Non-Profit ERB Test Administrator Got into For-Profit ISEE Test Prep Sales

On June 24, 2020, the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) announced an exclusionary marketing arrangement with the private, for-profit test prep company Test Innovators. Test Innovators charges $380 for access to the only official, full-length ISEE practice test. Piqosity believes that this exclusive dealing arrangement is unethical and potentially unlawful. A not-for-profit, supposedly independent arbiter [...]

Author McSwazey’s “Legacy Unbroken” and “Law of Averages” Adapted for ACT and SAT Prep

Our ACT and SAT practice tests contain adaptations from contemporary literature. Two of these adaptations are from a young, Houston-based author who goes by the pen name McSwazey. For SAT Reading Test practice, we adapted a passage from his second and newest story Legacy Unbroken. This riveting science fiction story chronicles a son's quest [...]

By |2020-08-20T23:33:00-05:00August 19th, 2020|ACT, Educators, SAT|0 Comments
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