A-List provides personalized, in home tutoring for the ISEE, SSAT, and SHSAT exams. We have extensive experience working with students in middle school. Middle school is an important transitional period in the educational careers of all children as they learn who they are as students and prepare for the rigors of high school. In an effort to foster good habits and promote learning in younger students, we offer general subject tutoring and educational enrichment.
Additionally, we have assisted countless eighth graders with high school placement and the boarding school admissions process. So in addition to test scores, we pay close attention to a student’s interests, academic record, and goals to help craft exceptional high school applications.
Customized Tutoring Plans
A-List recognizes that no two students are alike, and as such, every A-List student receives a custom learning plan designed by their tutor. This personalized blueprint...
A-List’s instructors are a group of passionate educators that all bring their own unique and personal approach to each student they teach. Each tutor is carefully vetted and put through a rigorous t...
Part of having the right tutor is having a tutor that fits your schedule. Convenience and ease of scheduling are critical for families and students that juggle multiple sports, after-school activities...
Official Practice Tests
One of the most crucial elements to running a successful program is offering full-length, proctored practice tests regularly. Taking diagnostic exams on a consistent basis is one of the best ways stud...
Highest Score Improvements
A-List believes that it is essential for us to be transparent with our students and families. Part of that transparency comes from us being able to provide accurate and...
Strategy & Content Focus
A-List uses an integrated approach focusing on both strategy and content. Our curriculum and materials include a suite of tips, hints, and alternate methods for address...
A-List provides every student with engaging study materials based on extensive research ...
Online Tutoring Available
Online tutoring can be a great option for students that attend boarding school, live in areas A-List doesn’t traditionally serve, or during circumstances where traditional in-home tutoring isn’t f...
Interested in ISEE, SSAT, or SHSAT Tutoring? Complete our get started form to provide us with more information about your student. An A-List representative will contact you to answer any questions about our program and to get you matched with the right tutor!
About the Tests:
The ISEE is a three-hour admission test for entrance into grades 5-12. The ISEE consists of carefully constructed and standardized verbal and quantitative reasoning tests that measure a student’s capability for learning, and reading comprehension and mathematics achievement tests that provide specific information about an individual’s strengths and weaknesses in those areas. All levels include a timed essay written in response to an assigned topic. The essay is not scored, but a copy is forwarded to the recipient schools along with the Individual Student Report, which shows scaled scores, percentiles, and stanines.
The ISEE is given to students between grades 5-12 and includes Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, and Mathematics Achievement. All four sections are given to each of the age groups with slight differentiations in emphasis between the lower, middle and high school levels of the examination.
The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) is given nationally several times a year or students may make individual arrangements to take it on other dates. The test consists of two parts: a brief essay and a multiple-choice aptitude test which measures your ability to solve mathematics problems, to use language, and to comprehend what you read. Scores depend only on the answers to the multiple choice questions; the results of the essay are sent to prospective schools to evaluate on their own.
The test is administered to students in grades 5-11 and consists of five sections. You will be given 25 minutes for the writing sample, 40 minutes for the reading section, and 30 minutes each for the quantitative and verbal sections. All questions on the SSAT are equal in value, and scores are based on the number of questions you answer correctly minus one-quarter point for each question you answer incorrectly
Students in grades 8 or 9 who wish to apply to New York City’s Specialized high schools must take the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) and submit an application listing their choices of schools in order of preference.
The SHSAT is a timed multiple-choice test with two sections, verbal and math, that must be completed in a total of 2 hours and 30 minutes. In the first section, students demonstrate their verbal reasoning and reading comprehension by ordering sentences to form a coherent paragraph, answering questions of logical reasoning, and analyzing and interpreting texts. In the second section, students demonstrate their math skills by answering computational and word questions that require arithmetic, algebra, probability, statistics, geometry, and trigonometry (on the Grade 9 test only).
I think A-List is a great organization. My tutor was positive and tailored the material to my learning style. She made learning each subject fun and presented new topics in an engaging fashion. Thank you so much to A-List for helping me achieve my personal best!
A-List gave me more than just practice tests and test-taking tips, though these were invaluable. My tutor connected with me on a personal level and helped me understand that I was capable of getting the score I wanted. Suddenly, I viewed my test-taking experience as a challenge, not a burden. I walked into my ACT with the confidence that I knew exactly how to conquer every aspect of the test.”
Mother of Phoebe C.
Both my children had an amazing experience with A-List! Steadily, she worked hard to improve her test scores. Taking the practice tests allowed her to gain confidence and learn to manage her time during the tests. Then a college advisor helped her write her college essays. She was an amazing guide who helped Phoebe focus and streamline her supplements and essays. Now she will be attending her dream college, Rice University, School of Architecture!