How to Optimize Your ISEE Testing Schedule

The ISEE testing schedule is unlike any other. It used to be that students could only take the ISEE once every school year, because if there’s one thing that screams “reliable indicator of a student’s future success in school,” it’s their performance during exactly one three-hour period on exactly one day. Fortunately, this is no longer the case!  The ISEE now allows students to test once every four-month period, with the schedule broken up as follows:

  • Fall: August – November
  • Winter: December – March
  • Spring/Summer: April – July

Though the ISEE says that they do not encourage multiple test dates, only testing once is a detriment for most students. It’s often very difficult for a student to perform at their best when put into a testing environment for the first time: blanking, test anxiety, pressure to do well, and other fears can impact their ability to perform. This is even harder for younger kids to deal with, especially if it’s the first standardized test they’ve ever taken.

This is why we highly recommend that ISEE students test twice: once in the fall and once in the winter. This gives students a chance to overcome some of the nervousness they might have the first time they take the test and then perform better the second time around, once some of that anxiety has subsided and they know exactly what they’re up against.

Assuming that you’ll test more than once, create an ISEE testing schedule based on your application deadlinesBe sure to start testing early enough to leave time for two test dates before your applications are due in order to give yourself as many chances as possible to maximize your score; remember to allow time to study for the ISEE before your first test administration. And if you want some help preparing or some advice on plotting out your test calendar, we know some people who can help.