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Prepare for the ISEE Essay

The ISEE Essay is the last of the five sections on the ISEE Test. On each of the ISEE levels, the material of the ISEE Essay prompts are grade specific. Read on to learn more about the ISEE Essay.
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About the ISEE Essay

On this section of the ISEE Test, you will be required to write a short essay in response to an ISEE Essay prompt. The prompt is selected at random for each test date. ISEE Essay prompts consist of topics that are of interest to students (at each specific grade level) and provide students with a chance to tell about themselves. The ISEE Essay section allows you to demonstrate to the schools to which you are applying how you organize and express your thoughts in writing.

On the ISEE Test, you will be provided with a sheet of paper to write notes. The ISEE Essay is to be written in ink (erasable ink is permitted) on two pre-lined pages. Additionally, you must rewrite the prompt at the top of the first page. You will have 30 minutes to complete the ISEE Essay. During this time, you should organize your thoughts, make a short outline, and write the final copy.

ISEE Essays are to be written either in print or cursive, with a blue or black ink ballpoint pen, directly on the pre-lined pages.

ISEE Essay Prompts

Admissions officers are interested not only in the applicant's ability to describe ideas, make personal reflections, and organize thoughts, but also in learning personal aspects about the applicant. ISEE Essay prompts generally ask applicants to describe a place, experience, event, ambition, idea, object, person, or animal. For example, you might be asked:

  • Who is your favorite relative and why? 
  • Which historic figure would you like to get to know and why?
  • What place would you like to visit most in the whole world and why?

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