What is Tested on the ISEE Lower Level – An Analysis of Topics, Difficulty, and Even Word Counts

The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) Lower Level is a popular admissions test taken by American students applying to private US middle schools for grades 5 and 6. It is developed and marketed by the non-profit Educational Records Bureau (ERB). Students receive about 2.5-hours to complete the 117-question ISEE, which is comprised of 4, [...]

By |2020-09-15T14:52:15-05:00September 15th, 2020|Analysis, Educators, ISEE Lower Level, Piqosity News|0 Comments

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 [...]

What is Tested on the ISEE Upper Level – An Analysis of Topics, Difficulty, and Even Word Counts

The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) Upper Level is a popular admissions test taken by American students applying to private US high schools for grades 9-12. It is developed and marketed by the non-profit Educational Records Bureau (ERB). Students receive about 3-hours to complete the 161-question ISEE, which is comprised of 4, separately scored [...]

By |2020-09-15T14:25:49-05:00August 27th, 2020|Analysis, Educators, ISEE Upper Level|0 Comments

Free Retired ISEE Test Practice Questions

Linked below are the 2018/2019 versions of ERB's official "What to Expect on the ISEE" PDF guides for the ISEE Upper, Middle, and Lower Level independent school entrance exams. These documents contain a near full-length ISEE practice test plus approximately 30 sample questions from a "retired ISEE test." These now retired official guides from ERB [...]

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 10% of students will score significantly different on the SAT vs the [...]

By |2020-04-30T16:08:26-05:00April 30th, 2020|ACT, Analysis, SAT|0 Comments

Mississippi National Merit Semifinalists 2018

National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has announced the semifinalists in their 63rd National Merit Scholarship Program. Semifinalists are current high school seniors who took the PSAT in October of 2016 and scored among the top 1% in their respective states. To win the coveted “Semifinalist” designation in Mississippi, students must have earned a “selection index” [...]

By |2017-09-25T10:52:03-05:00September 21st, 2017|Analysis, SAT|0 Comments

ACT and SAT Test Prep in Schools – Challenges and Recommendations

Piqosity’s SAT and ACT preparation resources enable students to practice for these standardized tests in accordance with their unique needs, pace, and style. However, Piqosity and other well-meaning tools are merely one piece of a very complicated challenge in ensuring students are prepared for college. We examined the extant research to formulate recommendations to [...]

By |2020-10-13T14:16:24-05:00December 8th, 2016|ACT, Analysis, Educators, SAT|1 Comment

ACT Scores for Mississippi High Schools 2017

The kids in Columbus, Mississippi are clearly smart. However, the 89% rest of the state is struggling to prepare for college, but they nonetheless aspire to go to Mississippi State University; these are the key takeaways from the ACT scores of Mississippi's graduating class of 2017. (Scroll down for table of ACT results for [...]

By |2016-12-29T11:15:23-06:00September 28th, 2016|ACT, Analysis|0 Comments

Mississippi National Merit Semifinalists 2017

National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has announced the semifinalists in their 62nd National Merit Scholarship Program. Semifinalists are current high school seniors who took the PSAT in October of 2015. To win the coveted “Semifinalist” designation, students must score in the top 1% of all students in the state. (This list is for the [...]

By |2017-09-25T11:05:38-05:00September 22nd, 2016|Analysis, SAT|0 Comments