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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.
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.
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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August has seen two more additions to the list of at-home pandemic activities : the SSAT and ISEE. Both test organizations have announced the launch of at-home testing in order to allow students to take the exams without compromising their health. Read on for more.
The SSAT and ISEE scoring systems may seem overwhelming, and… that’s because they kind of are. Fortunately, your friendly neighborhood Inspirica test experts are here to give you an outline of the most important things to know.