ISEE & SSAT | Mulholland Prep

GOOD PRIVATE ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS are tough to get into. Admission is terribly competitive. There are primarily two tests used to determine admission, the ISEE and the SSAT. Having simply a good score on these is rarely enough. Your child needs to excel. We can help. But unlike, say, the SAT, there’s a huge wrinkle here: kids this age are generally not emotionally equipped to deal with the stress of a high-stakes test. So it’s important well-meaning parents and teachers resist applying too much pressure to these young students. Otherwise, they can freeze up during the test and all of our preparation is for naught, since most kids have a rough time performing after bursting into tears. We find we can have much greater success by carefully keeping the preparation a fun experience; get children really comfortable with the test content and the test-taking process, so that the actual day of the test feels very familiar and like no big deal. We work hard at motivating our students without pressure. You’ll help us greatly if we can convince you to do the same.

Frequently Asked Questions
What is the ISEE?

The Independent School Entrance Examination, or ISEE, is an entrance exam used by many independent schools and magnet schools in the United States.

It has three levels:
1.) lower, for entrance in grades 5-6;
2.) middle, for entrance in grades 7-8;
3.) upper, for entrance in grades 9-12.

What is the SSAT?

The Secondary School Admission Test, or SSAT, is an admissions test for students in grades 5-11 to help determine placement into private junior high and high schools.

There are two levels of the test: the lower for students in grades 5-7 and the upper for students in grades 8-11. The exam consists of two parts: a brief essay and multiple-choice sections that include mathematics, reading comprehension, and verbal skills.

When and where are your next ISEE & SSAT classes?

Visit our calendar for information on where and when our next ISEE and SSAT classes will be held.

How do I sign up?
Complete this form, then we’ll contact you and help with the details of enrollment in our SAT course.
Do you offer scholarships?
Call us if you have financial constraints. We have a limited number of scholarships available for exceptional students with proven financial need. No one should be held back by money.
What are some other tests I might want to know about?
The PSAT is taken by seventh graders to sophomores to determine eligibility and qualification for the National Merit Scholarship Program. It also helps high school guidance counselors decide which students to approve for advanced placement courses, which are considered essential for applicants to top colleges.

The ACT®, an alternative test to the SAT, is commonly used by colleges and universities to determine student admissibility.

The SAT® Subject Tests, 20 multiple-choice one-hour tests given on individual subjects, are usually taken to improve a student’s credentials for admission to colleges in the US.

Also check out: SAT® Scores: What Colleges Expect, Scores: SAT® v ACT®, and Join Our Ambassador Club!

More questions?
For details about schedule, location and availability — or if you just have more questions — call us at (424) 235-7737. Or email. We’re here to help.