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Students required to write the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Examination) can easily prepare using PREPSKILLS® by calling or registering to arrange private in-home instruction or for EPREPSKILLS™ learning. While PREPSKILLS seldom finds groups of students wanting ISEE this could easily be accommodated.

Information about the ISEE, including registration and sample questions can be found at www.iseetest.org.

NOTE: The ISEE format is similar to the SSAT, however Quantitative Comparisons are used in the ISEE math portion and there is no scoring penalty for incorrect answers. For details regarding the difference between the SSAT and ISEE, please contact our PREPSKILLS office at 1-866-973-PREP (7737) or email info@prepskills.com.

 

ISEE - Independent School Entrance Examination

The ISEE is administered in three levels: the Middle Level, the Middle Level and the Upper Level. Students who are currently in grades 4 and 5 take the Middle Level ISEE, students who are currently in grades 6 and 7 take the Middle Level ISEE, and students who are currently in grades 8 through 11 take the Upper Level test.

 

The ISEE : Grades 4- 11

The ISEE consists of five sections that can appear in any order.


Students currently in grades 4 and 5 take the MIDDLE test:
The Middle Level test is structured as follows:

Verbal: 20 Synonyms / 20 Sentence Completions (25 min)
Math I*: 35 Multiple Choice & Quantitative Comparisons (35 min)
Reading: 36 Questions (40 min)
Math II**: 35 Multiple Choice (40 min)
Writing Sample: Short Essay (30 min)


Students currently in grades 6 and 7 take the MIDDLE test:
The Middle Level test is structured as follows:

Verbal: 20 Synonyms / 20 Sentence Completions (20 min)
Math I*: 35 Multiple Choice & Quantitative Comparisons (35 min)
Reading: 40 Questions (40 min)
Math II**: 40 Multiple Choice (45 min)
Writing Sample: Short Essay (30 min)


Students currently in grades 8 to 11 take the UPPER test:
The Upper Level test is structured as follows:

Verbal: 20 Synonyms / 20 Sentence Completions (20 min)
Math I*: 35 Multiple Choice & Quantitative Comparisons (35 min)
Reading: 40 Questions (40 min)
Math II**: 45 Multiple Choice (40 min)
Writing Sample: Short Essay (30 min)

*Math I questions focus on reasoning and application.
**Math II questions focus on computation and application.

 

ISEE Scoring

You receive one point for each correct answer. You do not lose any points for incorrect answers. You receive a raw score in four categories: verbal ability, quantitative ability, reading comprehension, and mathematics achievement. Quantitative ability measures your math reasoning - in other words, how well you did on word problems, quantitative comparisons, etc. Math achievement measures your skills in computation, algebra, and geometry. You receive three scores for each section - a scaled score (ranging from 800-950), a percentile score, which tells you how your performance compared to that of other students in your grade, and a stanine score (1-9).

Because each school has its own standards for admission, it is difficult to say what a “good” score is. When you visit a school for an interview, you should ask what that school’s average or minimum score requirements are.

The ISEE essay is not scored, but is sent directly the schools to which you apply for evaluation. No score is assigned to the essay, however, many schools consider your writing skills as a factor for admission, and may want to see how well you write under test conditions.

Note to ISEE students: ISEE students should guess aggressively since there is no penalty for wrong answers on the ISEE.

For further information regarding the ISEE test visit the Education Records Bureau website at www.erbtest.org

 

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