Sunday, September 16, 2018


The Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) is a newer independent high school admission test that is gaining rapid acceptance around the country. The exam is administered by the Educational Records Bureau.

The ISEE is offered at two levels. The middle level of the exam is given to candidates for grades 6, 7, and 8, and the upper level is given to candidates for grades 9 through 12. Because each level includes a range of ages and grade levels, scoring and percentile ranking are done separately for members of each grade group. The upper and middle levels of the exam differ chiefly in the difficulty of the questions and in the mathematical subjects covered.

The ISEE is a multiple-choice exam testing verbal ability, quantitative ability, reading comprehension, and mathematics achievement. ISEE also requires each applicant to write an essay. The ISEE is administered in five separately timed test sections. The time limit for each section is different, so all applicants take the tests in the same order. The ISEE does not include an experimental section; so every test section and question counts.