Standardized Test Prep for K-12

Arete clients are always asking our counselors, “What are the best books to study for standardized tests?”

On this page, we have collected links to Arete-approved test prep books. Studying with these essential tools will help students from kindergarten through high school confidently prepare for standardized tests, including the SSAT, ISEE, AP and IB tests, the New York State Regents exams, and more.


For every level of the ISEE, Arete strongly recommends the Tutorverse prep books for the large volume and high quality of their practice questions. Test Prep Works and Ivy Global also offer excellent ISEE preparation materials.

Upper Level ISEE

Middle Level ISEE

Lower Level ISEE


For every level of SSAT prep, Arete loves the Tutorverse books, which offer a large number of very high quality practice questions. Ivy Global also sells excellent English and Math books separately, providing a deep toolkit of techniques and strategies for students preparing for the Middle Level or Upper Level exams.

Upper Level SSAT

Middle Level SSAT

Elementary Level SSAT

ISEE/SSAT Combined

McGraw Hill, Princeton Review, Barron’s, Kaplan, and Peterson’s offer great books covering all levels of the SSAT and ISEE.

ISEE/SSAT Combined


For AP students, the Princeton Review’s “Cracking the AP” series is the best route to a 5, and students going for the IB diploma will be very well-served by the Cambridge University Press exam prep guides.

AP Exams

Humanities & Social Science

Science & Math

IB Exams

Other Tests

Prepare for the SHSAT, OLSAT, WPPSI-IV, SCAT, and New York State Regents exams with these Arete-approved materials.


To prep for the redesigned SHSAT, Tutorverse’s 1000+ Practice Questions is an excellent resource. Kaplan, Barron’s, and Test Prep Books also provide top-notch materials.


Preschool & Kindergarten

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3


U.S. History & Government

Algebra I


Global History & Geography

Earth Science



Grades 6-8

Grades 4-5

Grades 2-3


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