SSAT & ISEE test prep

The SSAT and the ISEE are the top 2 private school admissions exams. Make sure your child is ready for them.

I offer complete test preparation for all sections of the Middle and Upper Level SSAT. I also offer complete test preparation for all sections of the Lower, Middle and Upper Level ISEE. My students are top scorers: 7s, 8s and 9s for the ISEE, 85th percentile or higher for the SSAT.

ISEE prep

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Lower Level

Students in grades 4 and 5 prepare for middle school-level vocabulary and math knowledge, as well as reading comprehension. From the start, we focus on developing good test-taking skills that boost scores and time management in all 4 sections of the test.

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Middle Level

The Middle Level is only for students in grades 6 and 7. They are tested on comprehensive middle school-level math, vocabulary and reading. During lessons, we work on extensive vocabulary review, sentence completion exercises, and reading homework. To ace the Quantitative Reasoning and Mathematics Achievement sections, we do any necessary math concept review and then work through practice material together.

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Upper Level

For students in grades 8 and up, the Upper Level features high school-level math, reading and vocabulary. Strategy, time management and test-taking skills are the core of our preparation for the math, verbal and reading sections. I especially coach quantitative comparison problem-solving, a difficult question type for many students.

SSAT prep

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Middle Level

Students in grades 5-7 struggle the most with the verbal section, which includes advanced middle school-level vocabulary and analogies, an analytical question type. The 2 quantitative sections have algebra and geometry concepts, while reading comprehension is set at a 7th/8th grade level. I guide students through all these areas so they can reach their score goals.

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Upper Level

8th grade students and high school students take the Upper Level. All sections are set at a high school level, so that translates into needed concept review and vocabulary study. Using extensive practice and proven techniques, I help my students build their confidence and skills so they won’t feel overwhelmed on test day and can score high.

ISEE and SSAT essay prep

Being “mini-interviews” that help schools get to know their applicants, students’ submissions need to highlight their individual voices, creativity, talents, and achievements.

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ISEE essay prep

The personal essay prompt helps students introduce who they are and what is important to them. I support their writing with constructive critiques and a detailed overview of essay standards, structure and writing mechanics. We also practice the timed essay approach.

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SSAT essay prep

Younger students can choose between a story or personal essay, while Upper Level students must respond to either a personal essay prompt or an argumentative essay prompt. After we decide which prompt category is a better fit for them, we work on development, structure and mechanics.

What Parents and Students are Saying

Natalie’s experience with ISEE and the various texts, apps and other studies guides and insights immediately made us feel like we had definitely made the right choice for tutoring. My daughter loved her approach and ability to personalize the session which instantly made her feel comfortable and eager to work. Highly recommend her.

Tammy R., Upper Level ISEE prep

“Natalie is an amazing SSAT tutor! She expertly helped my son last year with his SSAT prep, and this year she helped my daughter with her SSAT prep! Each had such a different learning style, and she was able to adapt and help each one of them achieve their dream scores! We are so grateful, and we will definitely want to work with Natalie again when they are preparing for their SAT and ACT tests down the road!”

Cindy C., Upper Level SSAT prep

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