About The Tests

High School Entrance Exams

Students preparing for high school admissions often find themselves taking high-stakes tests for the first time in their lives. Understandably, these students stand to benefit from some supportive mentoring and coaching. In addition, depending upon the grade school or middle school they attend, these students may present a variety of gaps in scope and sequence in their curricula. At Academic Approach, our High School Entrance Exam (HSEE) tutors are prepared to mentor students applying for high school placement with strong, skills-based instruction as well as positive, confidence-building mentoring.

The Application Process

High school admissions can be challenging for many students. There are several different tests available and testing towards high school admissions can begin as early as seventh grade. Students should keep many options open for themselves by considering multiple types of schools.

Admission to private or independent high schools is determined by multiple factors, including class rank, GPA, extracurricular activities, and teacher recommendations. Your student’s performance on high school entrance exams is also a key factor. Preparing for high school entrance exams can be stressful, confusing, and overwhelming for both parents and students. We will work closely with you to tailor our preparation to your student’s needs while helping you navigate the testing process to get the results you desire. Our instructors will engage and mentor your student while building valuable academic skills to use beyond the test.

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School Types and Test Requirements

Independent Schools

Require the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE). Certain independent schools may require the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT)

Boarding Schools

Require the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT), although some boarding schools accept ISEE scores

Parochial Schools

Require the High School Placement Test (HSPT)

Chicago Public Schools Selective High Schools

Require the CPS High School Admissions Test.

New York Selective High Schools

Require the Specialized High School Admissions Test.

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