The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE®) is an admissions exam used for entry to many independent, private and boarding schools in the United States, including prestigious and competitive private schools in New York City. The ISEE® is developed and administered by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB).
The ISEE® has three levels:
- Lower level: for grades 5 & 6 entrance
- Middle level: for grades 7 & 8 entrance
- Upper level: for grades 9, 10, 11 & 12 entrance
All levels consist of five sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Mathematics Achievement, and an unscored 30-minute essay sent to the applicant’s school.
The ISEE® is intended to measure a student’s ability to learn as well as assess a student’s strengths and weaknesses in mathematics and reading.
Students should begin ISEE® preparation at least 3-5 months before taking the exam since unlike the SSAT®, they can only take the ISEE® once in a six-month period. This means that it is important for a student to test well when they first take the ISEE® since they will not have a second chance during the same admissions period. Schools typically request students take the ISEE® between October through January the school year prior to the intended matriculation year.
*ISEE® is a registered trademark of the Educational Records Bureau
*SSAT® is a registered trademark of the Secondary School Admissions Test Board
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