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Starting your college list is an exciting time but can also be overwhelming with so many options and a wealth of information available at our fingertips. Before you begin your search, it is important to consider what you are looking for in a college experience. To learn more about this process, click here and here.
As an education specialist for over 10 years, I’ve helped many families navigate the ISEE and admission to prestigious middle schools. The ISEE is the Independent School Entrance Examination. There are 3 levels of the exam: Lower Level (entering grades 5–6), Middle Level (entering grades 7–8), and Upper Level (entering grades 9–12). Because the ISEE is a standardized test, the same strategies that work well for other standardized tests are very helpful for students taking the ISEE.
Once you have an idea of where you would like to apply, it’s time to start building a long-term relationship with these schools far in advance of the application season. Meaningful contact with multiple school reps over time helps you authentically “demonstrate interest” in attending. Your established and documented interest differentiates you from other equally qualified applicants and could very well be the difference between a yes and a no!