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Knowledge Is Power

No matter what test you’re preparing for, the first step in any successful prep program is understanding the rules of the game. Or, as a wise man (Kendrick Lamar? Pretty sure it was Kendrick) once said, “Know your enemy.”

Fortunately, we’ve been around the block a few times, so we know a few things — almost 40 years’ worth of things, in fact. And because you’re our favorite, we want you to be able to know things, too. So if you have questions about the test, from scoring to accommodations to fundamental strategies, you can find the answers here. And if you don’t see the information you’re looking for, let us know at help@inspirica.com and we’ll fill in the gap just as soon as we can.

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Admissions
Ryan Furiness

SSAT/ISEE Prep and the Admissions Process: A 2021-2022 Overview

For many families, the independent, private, and boarding school admissions process can be intimidating—and that’s probably an understatement. Not only does each individual school have its own set of admissions policies and procedures, but many also include a requirement to submit either ISEE or SSAT scores. We’re here to give you an introduction to these tests and the prep process.

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isee test prep
Admissions
Ryan Furiness

Constructing Your Ideal 2021-2022 ISEE Testing Schedule

There’s nothing quite like the ISEE testing calendar, and honestly, that’s probably for the best. Until fairly recently, students could only take the ISEE once per school year, but fortunately, this is no longer the case! Read on for tips about optimizing your ISEE testing schedule.

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SSAT ISEE Middle Level Prep
Admissions
Ryan Furiness

Crafting the Optimal 2021-2022 SSAT Testing Schedule

Constructing an ideal testing schedule for the SSAT is far more straightforward than doing likewise for the ISEE, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Even just trying to navigate the SSAT’s website can feel like an adventure unto itself. Fortunately, your friendly neighborhood test experts are here with some helpful tips on optimizing your SSAT testing schedule.

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Admissions
Ryan Furiness

Ivy League SAT Scores: What to Shoot For to Bolster Your Application

A good way to get a sense of your SAT score goals is to generate a list of schools you’re interested in and then research score statistics for each. Along the way, many students wonder about the same question: what SAT scores would I need to get into an Ivy League school? We did the research so you wouldn’t have to. Read on for more.

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ACT
Ryan Furiness

Ivy League ACT Scores: What to Aim For to Maximize Your Chances

Before you begin preparing for the ACT, it’s important to have a sense of what your score goals are. A good way to start figuring that out is to generate a list of schools you’re interested in and then research score statistics for each. Along the way, many students are curious about the same thing: what ACT scores would I need to get into an Ivy League school? In this post, we’ll answer that question.

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ACT
Ryan Furiness

COVID Is Still A Thing. You Still Need SAT/ACT Scores. Now What?

Enough time has passed since the beginning of the COVID pandemic that a new wave of students is making plans to prepare for and take the ACT or SAT. In this post, I’ll lay out some of the main messages that I’ve been giving to my students over the past year – sort of a ‘2021 COVID Testing Primer’. Let’s get started.

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ACT
Ryan Furiness

Numbers, So Many Numbers: ACT Scoring Charts & Scales

Scoring on the ACT is a topic that’s both complicated and extremely important (which is why this is my third blog post that covers it). Understanding how ACT scoring charts work and why they differ from test to test can help you approach test day with fully open eyes, so let’s take a look.

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Admissions
Ryan Furiness

College Board cancels Subject Tests; millions rejoice

Despite the hopes of many, all of the world’s problems were not immediately solved when the calendar flipped from 2020 to 2021. It’s fair to say, however, that signs point to the fact that things are at least heading in a more encouraging direction: College Board has announced that Subject Tests are finally dead.

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