My elder daughter (starting Grade 5 in Sept) is going to be applying to NY/NJ private schools for Grade 6 admissions next fall. I am looking for advice in finding a good ISEE prep tutor and also on private schools to target.
She just took the official ISEE Lower Level test offered by TestInnovators and got the following stanine scores: VR 8, RC 6, QR 3, MA 6. I should point out that in the Grade 3 CTP set which is very similar to ISEE from what I can tell and also administered by ERB her stanines on the Independent School norm were VR 9, RC 9, QR 6, MA 7. So there has clearly been some slippage on Math in Grade 4.
The issue with QR is that she is not fast enough, she left 12 questions out of 38 unattempted because she ran out of time, she got 20/26 on attempted questions. On about a third of the questions she attempted she took an average of 2 minutes, which is why she ran out of time. Algebra and Geometry seem to be the problem areas (although in Algebra she got 5/6 questions correct on the MA section).
She has been doing some prep over the summer focused on Math, about 30 minutes of Math self-practice using iXL/Khan Academy 3-4 days a week and I also work with her 1-2 days a week for 30-40 minutes), so this is not from a blank no-prep state although for English it is from a no-prep state.
I think if she got a couple more questions correct on MA and RC she could get a 7 on both instead of a 6 and with QR I am not sure what is realistic, maybe a 5.
With VR/RC/QR/MA scores of say 8, 7, 5, 7 would she have a shot at Pingry, Newark Academy, Riverdale and Rye Country Day? I assume she would not have a chance at places like Horace Mann, Dalton, Brearley.
Her extracurriculars include Track and Piano. She just started sprinting last year and she has done well without much training, her timings are just shy of qualifying times for AAU Junior Olympics in her age group. In Piano she won the first prize in her age group in the Little Mozarts competition this year.
My daughter is a diligent and hard worker and I am proud of her attitude no matter what the results. I have been involved in her Math education since Grade 2, and to be honest she has always struggled with word problems that involve applied thinking vs straightforward computational problems. She is not a naturally gifted student at Math although through Grade 3 she has done very well in standardized tests. She is at a point where she is much better, but speed is slow on some of these applied problems. I I have to give her credit that she has never hesitated to work hard and seems to enjoy Math learning.
Thanks for any advice both on how to go about finding a ISEE test prep tutor and also on schools to target!
As I closed this I realized that I had not mentioned anything about our background, which in today's hyper racialized environment seems relevant. I am a first generation Indian immigrant (although I have now lived in the US for ~25 years) married to an Indian origin woman who was raised in America, and both of my daughters were born here. We are both working professionals with MBAs and fortunate enough that we would be paying full freight tuition.