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ISEE Test Scores Interpretation

Learn about ISEE Test scores and how to interpret your child’s score and what it means in terms of being accepted to a private school.
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How Is the ISEE Score Calculated?

The ISEE provides four different scores, one for each section, except for the Essay. The majority of schools take into consideration each separate score as well as the average of the four scores.

Your child’s report will reflect the following scores:

Raw Score. The raw score is the amount of questions that were answered correctly. Each question answered correctly is +1 point and each question that is skipped or answered incorrectly is +0 points. For example, if out of 160 questions, a child answers 125 questions correctly, skips 10, and answers 25 incorrectly, the child would have a raw score of 125.

Scaled Score. The ISEE scaled score has a range of 760-940 for each of the ISEE sections. This score is inferred from the raw score. Multiple versions of the ISEE are administered by the ERB throughout each year. Regardless of which version is administered, the scaled score has the same meaning and considers the small differences, allowing the ERB to provide a score on the same scale for all students.

Percentile Ranking. The percentile rank is used in order to compare students to other students in the norm in the same grade and age group who have taken the test over the three years prior and is provided for each section of the ISEE. For example, out of 99 percentile points, if a child scores a percentile rank of 70 on one section, this conveys that the child scored as well or better than 70% and lower than 29% of the students in the norm in the same grade and age group.

Stanine Score. The stanine score simplifies scores on a range from 1-9, with 5 as the midpoint and 9 as the highest possible score, and is also used comparatively. This score is another way to report a percentile and is derived by taking the student’s scores into nine segments, as seen in the chart below:

Stanine Score
Percentile Rank Stanine

Stanine Analysis. The stanine analysis allows parents to see a comparison of the child’s performance on all the sections of the ISEE Test (not including the essay).

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When Will I Receive My Child’s ISEE Scores?

Schools receive the ISEE score reports electronically as soon as the Monday following a Saturday test. Score reports for ISEE Tests administered on paper may be posted Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons. ISEE Scores from tests administered online may be posted more quickly.

Parents are able to access ISEE Test scores online, if they request “Expedited Scores with Online Access” (for an additional fee). ERB sends scores via the mail to the address provided at the time of registration. The ISEE score report takes about 7-10 business days to arrive (after the test is administered).

Scores of ISEE Tests taken online, either at a school or a Prometric site, are posted online once the test is scored. Parents will receive an email (to the email address provided at the time of registration) to inform the parents that the ISEE scores are available (and no hard copy is sent via the mail).

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ISEE Test Scores & the Admissions Process

It is important to note that your child’s ISEE scores are not the only thing taken into when schools determine a child’s eligibility for admission. The ISEE scores are just a part of what is examined when considering a student. In addition to the ISEE scores, the application essays, interview, teacher recommendations, etc., are also considered when determining a child’s eligibility for admission.

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ISEE Test Prep

In order to succeed on the ISEE Test, it is important to set aside time and prepare with TestPrep-Online. Help your child start preparing for the ISEE so s/he can be confident and ready to succeed on the day of the test.

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