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What Is the ISEE Test and How Can I Prepare?

Is your child getting ready to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)? We are here to provide you with helpful tips, advice, and sample questions. With TestPrep-Online’s ISEE test prep, your child will be well prepared and ready to succeed on test day!
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About the ISEE Test

The ISEE is an admission test developed and administered by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) and was developed for ERB member schools. It serves as an entrance exam by several independent and magnet schools (a magnet school is a public school with a specialized curriculum and courses) throughout the U.S. as well as abroad. The ISEE test provides a standard assessment of each applicant’s skills as well as ranking of abilities and achievements compared to other applicants.

The Five Sections of the ISEE

  1. ISEE Verbal Reasoning section is made up of two question types: synonym and sentence completion.
  2. ISEE Quantitative Reasoning section is made up of quantitative comparisons and word problems.
  3. ISEE Reading Comprehension section requires the student to read six passages (five for lower level), each of which are followed by relevant question which the student must then answer.
  4. ISEE Math (Mathematics Achievement) questions comply with the national mathematics standards and requires the student to determine the problem and figure out the solution.
  5. ISEE Essay section provides students with a topic or prompt and the student is to write an informed essay in response.

The verbal and quantitative reasoning sections assess the student’s reasoning abilities, while the reading comprehension and mathematics achievement sections assess the student’s ability to respond correctly to curriculum standards.

The Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, and Mathematics sections are completely made up of multiple choice questions. ISEE scores are reported in percentile ranks (learn more about ISEE Scores). The essay, however, is not graded. Rather, it is sent to the school (or schools) to which the student is applying for entry, along with the rest of the ISEE test scores.

Have a look at the table below to see how each of the five ISEE sections are divided in each level:

ISEE Section Question Type(s) Total Amount of Questions
Lower Level Middle + Upper Level
ISEE Verbal Reasoning Synonym + Sentence Completion 34 questions 40 questions
ISEE Quantitative Reasoning Word Problems + Quantitative Comparisons 38 questions 37 questions
ISEE Reading Comprehension Passages + relevant questions 5 passages + 25 questions 6 passages + 36 questions
ISEE Math (Mathematics Achievement) Word Problems 30 questions 47 questions
ISEE Essay 1 Essay Prompt 1 essay 1 essay

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The ISEE Is Administered at Four Levels

Level GradesTotal Amount of Questions
ISEE Primary1-3 (entry to grade 2-4)48-56 Questions
ISEE Lower Level4-5 (entry to grades 5-6)127 questions + essay
ISEE Middle Level6-7 (entry to grades 7-8)160 questions + essay
ISEE Upper Level8-11 (entry to grades 9-12)160 questions + essay

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ISEE Online Test Prep

In order to be successful on the ISEE test, it is important to set aside time to prepare. TestPrep-Online offers level-specific, child-friendly ISEE practice test packs to help your child be prepared for test day. The ISEE practice test pack includes realistic practice tests and helpful tips, allowing your child to become familiar with the test structure. Help your child start preparing for the ISEE test with TestPrep-Online so that s/he can come to the test with confidence and ready to succeed.

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