As with all things in life, motivation is key when a student is preparing for the private school admission test. I have seen far too many students who were just not into it; it was all their parent(s) idea.
You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make them drink. A good ISEE, SSAT or HSPT prep program will be rigorous, and will include, at a minimum, 2 hours a week of one-on-one test prep, and at least another 2 hours a week of homework between the sessions.
Test prep homework should include skill building, as well as teaching the techniques for approaching each question, and the tricks to look out for on each question. There should be regular math lessons and vocabulary lessons, as well as work on the essay (if applicable), and timed practice drills to simulate test taking conditions.
A student who is not committed to this type of a program is generally not a good candidate for an elite private school. Be honest with yourself about who your child is and what their skill level is, and even more importantly what their work ethic is.
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