ISEE MIDDLE Level Test Prep

The Middle Level ISEE is taken by students applying into grades 7 and 8, and almost all of those students would rather be doing just about anything else. Never fear, though – whether you’re taking one of our innovative small-group classes, working with an expert tutor one-on-one, or combining both options for a supercharged prep experience, our team of test sensei will make the Middle Level ISEE prep process as engaging and stress-free as possible.

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Features Elite Prep (5) Elite Prep (10+1) Premier Prep
Structure
Cost
$1795
$3270
$245/hr
Expected length
5-6 weeks
12-15 weeks
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Hours of one-on-one coaching
7
15.5
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Number of sessions
5
11 for the price of 10!
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Length of sessions
85 mins
85 mins
85 mins
Additional sessions (optional)
$295
$295
$345
Program Materials
Strategy guides & workbooks
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Official tests & practice materials
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The application process can feel like a whirlwind: you’ve got a lot to think about, and things can move very quickly. Fortunately, our Test Experts are experienced, knowledgeable, and ready to help – whether this is your first time through the process or your fifth, we'll help you select the program that best fits your goals, timeline, and budget.

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Our Team of ISEE TUTORS

Ryan Furiness

Inspirica's Tutor & Test Analytics Expert. We defy you to find someone who knows more about how these tests work, why they don't work the ways they should, and how they can be demolished with just a few simple strategies. More...

Yuliya Aleksandrov

Inspirica's Head Mentor and full-time tutor, Yuliya loves teaching students the problem-solving skills they'll need to succeed on standardized tests and well beyond the application process. More...

Jim Giusti

Jim Giusti

One of Inspirica's most in-demand full-time tutors, Jim is a master of teaching all the major standardized tests, as well as Math, History, English, Accounting, Economics...and even baseball and the US Citizenship Test! More...

Nina Abrams

Nina Abrams

Inspirica's Head of School and Youth Sports Programs, Nina spent over a decade as an upper elementary and middle school teacher before joining this team. More...

Amanda Buckley

Amanda Buckley

A college professor with an MFA in Writing who secretly adores teaching math, cracking the codes of all the major standardized tests, and employing humor to keep her students engaged. More...

Emily Rudy

Emily Rudy

A Masters in school counseling who work full time in middle school and part time with us, Emily is one of Inspirica's most sought after SSAT/ISEE experts. More...

Beatriz Simonsohn

Beatriz Simonsohn

A tri-lingual test-prep expert -- English, French, and Spanish -- who splits time between NYC, Latin America, and France. And with Zoom, she'll meet you wherever you are! More...

AJ Ortiz Premier Prep Tutor Inspirica

AJ Ortiz

With a background in Social Work, AJ specializes in meeting the needs of kids who might struggle with test anxiety or low confidence, or those who have trouble focusing for long periods of time. More...

Theresa Burns

Theresa Burns

An accomplished performer, director, and choreographer who also happens to be one of our most experienced tutoring professionals. More...

Master Tutor Donald Viscardi

Donald Viscardi

Inspirica's Master Tutor. Donald's expertise is derived from working with thousands of students with varying learning styles over the course of three decades. There can be only one, and it is without a doubt Master Viscardi.More...

Aja Brady-Saalfeld

Aja Brady-Saalfeld

One of Inspirica's most in-demand full-time tutors, Aja tutors an extraordinarily wide range of subjects and tests. Her favorite aspect of tutoring is the opportunity to watch students grow while working toward their goals. More...

Jonah Fishel

Jonah Fishel

Inspirica's Information Systems Specialist and full-time tutor, Jonah's is Inspirica’s jack-of-all-trades. His favorite thing in the world is watching someone light up when they understand a difficult concept for the first time. More...

Jacob Pankow

Jacob Pankow

A former high school teacher who left the classroom to pursue a second masters -- first Teaching then Politics -- while tutoring one-on-one. More...

Caleb Kim

Caleb Kim

A 15 year veteran of tutoring, Caleb enjoys teaching math and science and loves helping students get the better of standardized tests. More...

Deidre Wilson

Deidre Wilson

One of our team's true math gurus, Deidre tutors advanced math and sciences and all forms of standardized test prep while pursuing an MS in Civil Engineering and Project Management. More...

True Haynes

True Haynes

A former high school physics teacher who has knack for teaching and a passion for mathematical concepts that makes him one of Inspirica's elite tutors. More...

Cody O'Brien

Cody O'Brien

In addition to teaching every test, his background in math and physics makes him one of our most popular calculus, statistics, and computer science tutors. More...

J. O'Neill

You want a tutor who a) received a perfect score on the SAT, b) has over thirty years teaching experience, and c) has been on the cover of People Magazine? Then you want J! More...

AN OVERVIEW OF THE ISEE

The Independent School Entrance Exam is used for admission to private elementary and secondary schools throughout the United States. There are four levels of the test – Primary, Lower, Middle, and Upper – and each level is taken by students representing a range of ages.

Inspirica’s approach to ISEE test prep and tutoring starts with the fact that a student’s experience with the test will vary significantly depending on their age, which means that the optimal course of preparation will vary as well. Your tutor will determine the best way for your student to prepare and then use that plan to ensure that they’re in the best possible position going into test day.

REGISTRATION AND TEST DATES

The ISEE is administered using a testing seasons calendar that divides the year into three 4-month periods: August-November, December-March, and April-July. A student may test once in each of the three seasons for a maximum of three times per calendar year, and it’s generally to the student’s advantage to test more than once. Tests can be taken at a variety of ERB-approved sites that include both schools and Educational Consultants’ offices. To register, visit the ERB’s website and follow the corresponding instructions. If you’d like to request accommodations for your student due to documented learning differences or physical challenges, you’ll need to create a parent account and submit your application directly through the ISEE website. Complete instructions can be found here.

For advice on navigating the complexities of the scheduling process, check out our blog post on the subject, or make an appointment to talk to one of our Test Prep Experts.

FORMAT

Each level of the ISEE is composed of four multiple-choice sections – Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, and Mathematics Achievement – followed by an essay prompt; however, the length of the sections, in terms of both the number of questions and amount of time allotted per section, differs significantly across the four levels. Head over to the ISEE’s website for detailed information on the level of the test that your student will be taking.

SCORING

First, your student’s raw score, which is just the number of questions they answered correctly, will be calculated for each of the four multiple-choice sections. The ISEE will then produce a scaled score for each section; these scaled scores take into account the difficulty level of the sections that your student completed relative to the difficulty levels of sections that previous test-takers have completed. Next, the ISEE will compare your student’s scaled scores to those of previous test-takers and produce a percentile and a stanine for each section. ‘Stanine’ is a made-up term for a score from 1 to 9 that relates a student’s scaled score to its position on a bell curve. More than half of all students will score in the 4-6 range, with progressively fewer students obtaining a given stanine as the scores get further from the mean of 5. For example, a student with a stanine of 8 will be among the top 11% of testers, while a student with a stanine of 9 will be among the top 4%. Finally, the ISEE’s essay is unscored and will simply be included as a timed writing sample available to schools along with submitted scores. For a more detailed breakdown of ISEE scoring, check out our blog post on the subject here!

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