The ISEE and SSAT are where standardized testing begins.
Next Level is where students learn the skills to end strong.


Private school admissions are competitive.

For many students the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Examination) or the SSAT (Secondary School Admissions Test) is the first time they are taking a test that will have significant consequences for their future — and anxiety can be a key factor in the outcome. Next Level's ISEE tutors and SSAT tutors are sensitive to the way in which pressure adversely affects performance, which is why both our ISEE tutoring prep and SSAT tutoring prep are designed to alleviate anxiety and improve test-taking skills. Personalized, one-on-one tutoring in a comfortable learning environment enables the tutor to directly engage the student and focus on teaching specific material that will appear on the test.

Which test should my child take?

While each test differs somewhat in structure and organization, both are designed to measure the student's verbal and analytical skills against other students in the same grade. So the most important question is whether your child should take the ISEE or the SSAT. The answer is simple: Find out what the admission requirement is for the school(s) to which he or she is applying. There is no hard and fast rule but, in general, the ISEE is typically required by New York's independent day schools and the SSAT is required by boarding schools throughout the United States and Canada. Every school is different and many accept either test. Sometimes students applying to a variety of schools will opt to take both.

A strategy for success.

Once you have determined whether the ISEE or the SSAT is right for your child the next step is developing an effective strategy to prepare for the test. Contact Next Level Learning for a complimentary consultation in which we evaluate your child's aptitude, skills, strengths and weaknesses, and then together with parents devise a learning plan that ensures outstanding results. Three to six months of preparation is generally sufficient for most students, but will vary depending upon the child. As with all tests, better ISEE preparation or SSAT preparation translates into better results.

"Next Level puts kids at ease from the very start. The tutoring sessions improved the self-confidence and academic performance of both my children — painlessly!"
- Christine C.
Parent of Anderson School students