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What do you get when you cross a challenging math concept with a question format that no student has ever seen before because it doesn’t show up on any other standardized test?
The correct answer is ‘an ISEE quantitative comparison,’ but if you said ‘confused’, you’re not alone. The defining feature of the ISEE is the difficult blend of content knowledge and mastery of technique that it requires from students. That’s why our ISEE test prep programs blend content and strategy in whatever proportion is optimal for each individual student – all while using the best online learning tools available.
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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, with the Middle Level test taken by students applying into grades 7-8 the most common.
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 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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OUR TEAM OF SSAT/ISEE PREP EXPERTS
Inspirica's Head Mentor, Program Operations Manager, and full-time tutor, Yuliya is a graduate of Emerson College who teaches every standardized test on our list and a wide variety of academic subjects too. When not working directly with students, she leads our tutor-training and mentoring programs and oversees the analysis of student results in our Agnostic Diagnostic ACT/SAT Test Selection program. More...
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 the US Citizenship Test! Having previously complete a BA in European History at Southern New Hampshire University, he is now working his way towards an MA in Military History from that same instructions. More...
One of Inspirica's most in-demand full-time tutors, Aja is a graduate of Vassar College who tutors an extraordinarily wide range of academic subjects and standardized tests. Whether helping high school students master tricky math and science concepts or guiding college students through the most difficult LSAT logic games and GMAT sentence corrections, she's known for pushing students to achieve scores they thought well beyond reach. More...
Emily is one of Inspirica's most sought after SSAT/ISEE experts. She holds a BA in Psychology with a minor in HSSP from Brandeis University and an MA in School Counseling from Boston College, each of which serves her well in her dual roles as a full-time middle school professional and part-time tutor here with us. More...
Inspirica's resident Content Development Manager, Ryan is a full-time tutor who has been with Inspirica for nearly a decade since graduating from UNC Chapel Hill with dual degrees in History and Political Science. We defy you to find someone who knows more about how standardized tests work, why they don't work the ways they should, and how they can be demolished with just a few simple strategies. More...
Both a full-time tutor and one of Inspirica's Program Coordinators, Chris recently completed a PhD in Philosophy at Brown University. With nearly a decade's experience teaching standardized test excellence to students of all ages, Chris can assist with every aspect of the prep process, from test selection and program design to small-group and one-on-one tutoring. More...
A tri-lingual test-prep expert fluent in English, French, and Spanish, Beatriz holds a BA from Columbia University and splits her time between New York, Latin America, and France. In her more than three years with Inspirica, she has served as both a part- and full-time tutor specializing in ACT, SAT, SSAT, and ISEE prep. More...