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  • Work through two (2) full-length ISEE tests, with detailed answers and explanations to every question
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What is the ISEE?

The Independent School Entrance Exam, or ISEE, is an admissions test for students looking to attend private middle schools and high schools. The test has four levels: A Primary Level for students currently in grades 1-3, Lower Level for students currently in grades 4-5, Middle Level for students currently in grades 6-7, and Upper Level for students currently in grades 8-11.

What's on the ISEE exam?

The ISEE is administered in five separately timed sections. The first four sections of the test are multiple-choice and contain some scored and some unscored questions. A total of 21 multiple-choice questions on the test are not scored. The essay, which is the final section of the ISEE, is also not scored. A photocopy of your essay is provided to each school as a writing sample.

The five sections are:

  1. Verbal Reasoning
  2. Quantitative Reasoning
  3. Reading Comprehension
  4. Mathematics Achievement
  5. Essay

Who takes the ISEE exam?

Students entering private primary schools, middle schools, and high schools, grades 9 and above, take the ISEE.

The ISEE practice tests offered here are designed for entrance into high school.

Why take the ISSE exam?

Private schools use the ISEE exam as an admission requirement.

How is the ISEE exam scored?

Scoring of the ISEE is uncomplicated. You receive one point for every question you answer correctly. There is no penalty for a wrong answer. It receives no credit, but there is no deduction for the error.

As with the SSAT, scoring and percentile ranking are done separately for members of each grade group taking the same exam. you will be compared only with your peers.

Scores for the Upper Level test (i.e. entrance into high school) have the following ranges:

Verbal Reasoning – 797-935

Quantitative Reasoning – 825-940

Reading Comprehension – 825-940

Mathematics Achievement – 806-940

How do I register for the ISSE exam?

Registration can be completed online on the ERBLearn website. You will need to create an account on this site to view test dates and register for the test.

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