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The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) is the test many independent private schools use prior to admission. It is used to assess readiness for that school’s level of instruction and for appropriate student placement in classes. There are ISEE tests for students entering grades 2–12, but the test preparation offered in this section of our site focuses on the “Upper Level” test, which is for students entering grades 9–12 only.
Even though the test is the same for grades 9–12, a student’s scores will only be compared with those of others entering the same grade. For instance, a rising ninth grader would not be expected to score as well as a rising twelfth grader.
All of the questions on the ISEE are multiple choice with four possible answer choices, except for the essay section. It contains one prompt (topic) about which the student must write an essay. According to the producers of the ISEE, it is a test of things a student has learned over time. There is no way to cram for it and increase the score. But being familiar with the question types and the practice of test-taking skills can help produce an accurate score.
You cannot fail the ISEE, but independent schools usually have an average score for students who gain admission there. Find out what this score is and you will be able to compare your results with the norm for that school.
This test is available in both paper/pencil and online versions.
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