A-List provides personalized, in home tutoring for the ISEE, SSAT, and SHSAT exams. Our ISEE, SSAT, and SHSAT tutors 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, our ISEE, SSAT, and SHSAT tutors pay close attention to a student’s interests, academic record, and goals to help craft exceptional high school applications.

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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). An SHSAT tutor can fully prepare students for this critical test.