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ISEE: What You Should Know to Get Into Your Dream School

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What is ISEE?

The term ISEE stands for Independent School Entrance Examination. This is an entrance examination administered by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB)Â and used to test the academic skills of students seeking admission in private elementary school, middle school, and high school levels.Â  The tested material and format of ISEE changes in each grade level.

What are the Different Levels of ISEE?

ISEE constitutes different levels of tests depending on where your child is in their education.

What is tested in the ISEE?

Despite the level of exam your child is taking, ISEE tests the same categories that include: Reading comprehension, mathematics Achievement, Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, and essays.

Tests under this category examine your childâ€™s reading skills, including identifying primary and supporting ideas, tone, structure, and vocabulary. Students read passages on different topics from social studies, science, and humanities before answering accompanying questions.

Mathematics Achievements:
Mathematics skills tests examine your child’s skills in measurements, data analysis, probability, algebra, and geometry.

Essay:
Students are given tasks that involve writing an informed and well-organized essay. The essay that is not scored is submitted to the schools where your child is seeking admission to be used as a writing sample.

Quantitative Reasoning:
Under this category, your child is assessed on various math concepts, including statistics, algebra, and geometry.

Verbal Reasoning:
These tests evaluate your child’s problem-solving and sentence completion abilities. It also examines your childâ€™s ability to answer synonyms and vocabulary questions.

What is the Timeframe and Structure of ISEE?

The Lower-Level ISEE Test:

Other Testsâ€™ Timeframe:

• 2nd-grade tests take 53 minutes.
• 3rd-grade tests take 54 minutes.
• 4th-grade tests take 60 minutes.

When is ISEE Test Scheduled?

The ISEE test dates are divided into three periods, and students are only to take a single test per period. The three periods include:Â

Fall: August â€“ November.
Winter: Â December â€“ March.
Spring: April -July.

How is ISEE Scored?

ISEE scores are classified into four significant steps:

STEP ONE:Â  The Raw Score
The first step in ISEE scoring is a raw score calculation. Under this category, students get one point for every correct answer and no point for unanswered or incorrect answers. Answering all questions increases a student’s chance of scoring higher.

STEP TWO: The Scaled Score
Â After calculating the raw score, it is transformed into a scaled score based on the performances of different tests. The process is known as equating; each section’s scores range between 760 and 940.

STEP THREE: The Percentile Score
This step calculates the percentile score by comparing a student’s scaled score to a â€śnorm group.â€ť The norm group comprises students in the same age group who took the same test and have been in the same class for over three years. The percentile score ranges between 1% and 99%, with higher scores representing better performance.

STEP FOUR: The Stanine Score
The percentile score is finally converted into a stanine score. Â A statine score, also known as the “Standard Nine Score,” is a method to scale scores using a 9-point scale, with 5 being the mean score and 2 being the standard deviation score. This scoring method is used mainly by admission departments but can also convert any other test score. Scores distribution under this category mostly remains constant from one year to another.

How Do You Register for ISEE?

Step 1: Create a Parent Account

Step 2: Add your childâ€™s name by clicking on the â€śAdd a studentâ€ť button on the dashboard. (you can add more than one student by adding different profiles.)

Step 3: Register a student for ISEE by clicking on â€śnew registrationâ€ť on their profile.

Step 4:Â Follow Prometric ProSchedulerâ€™s directive to finalize registration and make necessary payments.

Are you worried about the chances of your child getting accepted into their dream colleges? We (Kids on the Yard) can assist you with the proper support and information and help to improve your childâ€™s ISEE Â profile.

*The Independent School Entrance Examination and ISEE are trademarks owned by Educational Records Bureau.

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