Testing, Ireland, and Brains on Low Oxygen

September 21st, 2015|

Having just spent ten days road tripping the beautiful country of Ireland, we learned first hand just how informative it is to break the habits we've learned driving in the U.S..  The first challenge is adjusting to a driver's seat on the right side of the car.  The next is to drive on the left [...]

Form First, Speed Will Follow

September 14th, 2015|

     A karate instructor told me to worry about moving with proper form, and let the speed come after. It’s true in taking tests too. There are a few of us out there who can take tests with no effort and do just fine. They’re rare.      Most of us think of a test as [...]

I Do and I Understand

September 1st, 2015|

School is back in session, and at ETP, our students are gearing up for the ISEE, SAT, and ACT.  Training for all of these tests is similar - the first part is devoted to learning the best strategies to get one's best score. But now, with the countdown closing in, we’re moving on and having our students practice [...]

Taking the New SAT?

August 24th, 2015|

An article in Forbes Magazine recommends not taking the SAT in its first year. For one thing, they say, it’s hard to prepare for a test that hasn’t been given before, versus one that has been given for years. Second, the scores for the first test in March cannot be reported until after the May [...]

Test Takers, You Don’t Need Much Background Information

July 23rd, 2015|

Sometimes your brain can get tied up with worry over whether you know a lot of background information about the subject of a question. Don’t let that happen. A test question we were recently working with had all sorts of complicated calculations about gravity. We couldn’t really work out what they were getting at right [...]

Different Tests, Different Languages

July 6th, 2015|

Each test has its own language. Of course, learning the basics of taking a standardized test will help you in other tests. For example, learning how to take the ISEE will help you learn how to take the SAT, or the ACT, or any of the Catholic high school exams. We know because it helped [...]

Fluency and Testing Language

June 29th, 2015|

If you've ever studied linguistics you're likely aware of a theory that says human brains have a mechanism for picking up language.  It’s called a “language acquisition device.” The idea is that the brain is naturally geared to acquire a language without a lot of formal instruction. By simply by being exposed to a language, [...]

Top 5 Ways to Prepare for Your ISEE Test

June 22nd, 2015|

Get familiar with your test. Learning how to take any standardized test will help prepare you for others. But each test has its own personality, and the best thing you can do for yourself is understand the quirks of the one you’ll take. If you want to race in the Baja 1000, knowing how to [...]

Knowing the Test Prep Track

June 8th, 2015|

When we were starting our test prep program, a school principal asked us why anyone would practice for a test that they can’t see beforehand anyway. I had just seen a documentary on a race called the Baja 1000, and so had a pretty good metaphor ready to go. The Baja 1000 course changes every [...]