Does Your Student Need High School Entrance Exam Preparation?

By Eileen Huntington

Attention parents: if you are considering sending your middle school student to a private, parochial or college preparatory high school, it is important to begin the process of preparing for the school’s entrance exam as early as possible so that your child can perform his or her best. “Studying for any test can be nerve-wracking for a student, but preparing for a high school entrance exam can be especially scary,” says Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center. “Solid preparation involves understanding the structure of these exams, building test-taking skills and plenty of practice.”

Huntington offers a quick download on some of the well-known high school entrance exams for which Huntington has significant experience helping students prepare:

  • The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) is required by many private and competitive magnet schools as part of the admissions process. There are three levels of the test for candidates entering grades 5–6, 7–8 and 9–12 and five exam sections: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, reading comprehension, mathematics and a 30-minute essay.
  • The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) – The SSAT is used by some private and competitive high schools and middle schools to help rank applicants. There are three levels of the test: elementary, middle and upper. The test consists of two parts: a writing sample and a section with multiple choice questions in math, verbal and reading comprehension.
  • The High School Placement Test (HSPT) is used for admissions, scholarship selection and course placement. The test is administered to eighth graders seeking ninth grade placement in parochial high schools. The standard test covers language skills, vocabulary, reading, mathematics and an optional section on either Catholic religion, mechanical aptitude or science.

What does Huntington’s exam prep program offer? Huntington says that parents can expect a customized program of instruction built off the same successful method used in Huntington’s SAT and ACT prep programs. Features include:

  • An initial academic evaluation that has students take a full-length exam.
  • A post-academic evaluation conference to discuss results and Huntington’s recommended program.
  • A personalized program tailored to each student's needs and designed to help achieve test score goals.
  • Several full-length exams to measure progress.
  • One-to-one tutoring with a highly trained professional tutor (all Huntington tutors are state certified or Huntington certified).
  • Interim conferences to discuss progress towards goals.
  • Flexible scheduling.

For more information about Huntington’s high school entrance exam preparation programs, call 1 800 CAN LEARN.


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