ISEE: An Overview of the Reading Section

The ISEE (Independent School Entrance Examination) is used for admissions to private and independent elementary and secondary schools throughout the United States. The ISEE includes five sections: The Verbal, Quantitative Reasoning, Reading, Mathematics Achievement, and an Essay. This post will take a closer look at the third section of the test – the Reading section.

The ISEE Reading section is quite similar across all three levels of the exam – the main difference is the total number of questions. The Upper and Middle Levels consist of 36 questions to be completed in 35 minutes, while the Lower Level only has 25 questions with 25 minutes allotted for completion.

Within the Reading section, students are asked to read a series of passages covering a variety of topics (both fiction and non-fiction), then answer a set of multiple-choice questions. The multiple-choice questions are divided up into six categories: Inference, Main Idea, Organization/Logic, Supporting Ideas, Tone/Style, and Vocabulary in Context. Some of the answers can be found directly in the text, while other questions require students act as “detectives” and gather data/ information and draw a conclusion.

Though students have approximately one minute per question on the ISEE Reading section, this does not take into account the amount of time needed to read the series of passages. Although there is no guessing penalty on the ISEE and students should therefore answer all questions in each section, if students do not pace themselves properly they may run out of time. Inspirica’s team of expert test prep tutors can help students strategize the ISEE Reading section so they can maximize their time spent per question in the most effective way possible.

Interested in strategizing with an Inspirica tutor for your ISEE Reading Section? Need help with Inferencing or Vocabulary in Context? Schedule a call with one of our Program Coordinators today or visit us online.