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The Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) has three levels. The Upper Level exam is for students currently in grades 8-11 who are candidates for admission into grades 9-12.
Prestigious private secondary schools, boarding schools, and military academies use the test as a factor in admissions. The test is three hours long and consists of five sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Mathematics Achievement and an Essay. The essay is not included in your test score, but a copy is sent to the schools you request to receive your scores. Schools may use the essay to help evaluate your application.
Schools generally have more openings available for grade 9 than for later grades. It may improve your chances of admission to apply early.
The ISEE was developed for the Educational Records Bureau by the Educational Testing Service. It was constructed to specify to the guidelines provided by a national committee of independent school admissions directors and faculty.
The ISEE is offered in over thirty cities across the country. For test dates in your area, visit http://erblearn.org/uploads/media_items/isee-student-guide-20140724-sg.original.pdf.
You may want to plan on registering 6-8 weeks prior to the test date to avoid late fees and ensure that you can take the ISEE at your nearest testing location. Regular registration ends three weeks before each test date. Late registration (phone or fax only) deadlines are two weeks before each test date.
Walk-in registration is available; however, it is subject to space limitations. Walk-in registrations require a $30 fee in addition to the testing fee. You must call the test center to inquire about walk-in availability.
Register one of four ways:
|Phone or Fax||$100|
(less than 3 weeks prior to test date)
You will receive your scores within two weeks after your test date. Your Individual Student Report (ISR) and a copy of your essay are usually released to your chosen schools 7 – 10 days after your test date.
You may only take the ISEE once in a six-month period. Additionally, you may not take practice tests – you must make a formal application to a school for each administration of the test.
There is not a “passing” score for the ISEE. A good score is one that will get you into the secondary school you want to attend. It is important to know what the average admissible score is for the schools to which you are applying. Consider contacting the schools you are interested in for admissions statistics. Following are a few reference websites for private schools with contact information so you can find out the average score of students accepted.
It is always best to start preparing as early as possible. This allows more preparation time to achieve score goals.
Educational consultants assist students and their families in the selection of educational programs, based on the student’s individual needs and talents. The need for an educational consultant varies based on the student; we recommend starting with arranging a meeting with your counselor as a research base. They can give you some general information to help you begin your research. You can also approach the career services or counseling departments within the institutions that you are considering applying to. You may want to find out ahead of time if they charge and what the fee is before committing to a service.