Private School Entrance Exams
Applying to an elite private secondary school can be as challenging as applying to college. The challenge is made all the all the more difficult by the fact that the students are much younger, and therefore have less experience, and usually a shorter attention span. Most private schools require either the ISEE or the SSAT entrance exams as part of the application process. Most Catholic Schools require the COOP exam. Some schools have an entrance test that they have prepared themselves.  In any case, Creative Dimensions is prepared to help your child excel.

The Independent School Entrance Examination, or ISEE, is an admissions test administered by the Educational Records Bureau for placement in independent schools for grades 5-12. There are three levels: the Lower level, for entrance in grades 5-6; Middle level, for entrance in grades 7-8; Upper level, for entrance in grades 9-12. All levels consist of five sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, and Mathematics Achievement, and a 30-minute essay section. The test is 3 hours long in total, plus time for 2 breaks.

The Secondary School Admission Test, or SSAT, is an admissions test administered to students in grades 5-11 to help determine placement into independent or private junior high and high schools. Despite its similarities, the SSAT is not related to the SAT Reasoning test and is not administered by the College Board.

There are three levels of the SSAT: the Elementary Level, for students currently in grades 3-4, the Middle Level, for students currently in grades 5-7, and the Upper Level, for students currently in grades 8-11. The SSAT consists of two parts: a brief essay and a multiple choice test that includes Mathematics, Reading Comprehension and Verbal sections. The exam (Middle & Uppler level only) might contain an experimental section of 16 questions lasting 15 minutes. This section will not be scored.

The COOP exam is an exam for 8th graders who are applying for admission to Catholic High Schools in New Jersey. The examination measures academic achievement in reading, language, and mathematics and contains additional material to assess academic aptitude and memory. The test contains 7 sections (sequences, analogies, quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning-words, verbal reasoning-context, mathematics, and reading and language arts) and takes about 2.5 hours.

One Subject (Verbal or Math)
  • 5 1-hour private lessons
  • Recommended ScheduleOne lesson per week starting 5 weeks prior to test date.
Two Subjects (recommended)
  • 10 1-hour private lessons (5 in each subject)
  • Recommended Schedule: One lesson per week starting 10 weeks prior to test date alternating subjects.

We can customize a program to fit your student's needs and availability.