Standardized Testing


SAT/ACT private sessions are offered throughout the year. Sessions include a thorough review of the math, verbal reasoning and essay/writing sections, plus a general test overview and strategy. Benchmarking is required prior to the start of the course and students should administer a test at home with parents or tutors to establish a baseline score to work from. HTA offers proctoring services to help with benchmarking before starting private sessions. All SAT/ACT tutoring will require the student to purchase necessary course prep materials and workbooks. All students should visit the College Board website prior to setting up private sessions to learn more about requirements and resources –

About the ISEE, SSAT, and HSPT

Private and parochial schools have testing requirements so that students from various schools, geographies, and backgrounds can be compared in much the same way that colleges use the SAT. Although some schools maintain their own tests, many schools are members of consortia that use the same exams. This simplifies matters greatly for students applying to multiple schools. The most popular exams are the ISEE, SSAT, and HSPT. Although some schools accept either the ISEE or SSAT, most use one or the other.

The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) is published by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) and the test itself is sometimes referred to as the ERB (actually the ERB produces a number of different exams). The ISEE is offered in three levels: Lower Level for entrance into grade 5 and 6, Middle Level for entrance into grades 6 and 7, and Upper Level for entrance into grades 9-12.

The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) is produced by the Secondary School Admission Test Board. The SSAT is offered in two levels: Lower Level for students currently in grades 5-7 and Upper Level for students currently in grades 8-11.

The High School Placement Test (HSPT) is used primarily by Catholic schools and is produced by Scholastic Testing Service. The HSPT is used exclusively for entrance into 9-12 high schools.

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