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A Primer on the HSPT and SSAT for Parents

October 26, 2021, by

What are the HSPT and the SSAT? Are they Different? Many students applying to independent high schools are required to take standardized tests as part of the admissions process.  In the Washington, DC area, many Catholic high schools require the High School Preparation Test (HSPT), while many secular schools require the SSAT or ISEE. (Note:… Read more »

Taking a Gap Year

Tips for Peak Performance on Test Day

October 26, 2021, by

How to maximize your performance when taking the SAT or ACT! As you enter the final stretch of your SAT or ACT preparation, make sure to review what you should be doing the week before, the night before and the day of the final exam.  Don’t let a forgotten admission ticket or a late photo… Read more »

2021-2022 Independent School Requirements

Independent School Testing Requirements 2021-2022

October 26, 2021, by

Applying to an Independent School in Fall 2021? COVID-19 has ushered in many changes to testing requirements for admission to independent high schools in the Washington, DC area.  Many schools have opted to go “test optional,” meaning that students may choose to submit standardized test scores but are not required to do so.  Other schools,… Read more »


Why take the PSAT, and what are National Merit Scholarships?

October 19, 2021, by

Relationship of the PSAT and National Merit Scholarship Explained. In mid-October, high school sophomores and juniors across the country will sit down to take the preliminary SAT (PSAT), a test that assesses students’ math, reading, and grammar capabilities. The PSAT offers students a preview of the SAT’s format and content and serves as a low-stakes… Read more »