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ABOUT ISEE TEST
The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) is a high school entrance exam taken by students in grades 4 through 12 seeking admission into private schools and non-Catholic religious schools throughout the United States.
The ISEE is an admission test that has three levels: A Lower Level, Middle Level, and Upper Level. The Lower Level is for students currently in grades 4 and 5 who are candidates for admission to grades 5 and 6. The Middle Level is for students in grades 6 and 7 who are candidates for grades 7 and 8. The Upper Level is for students in grades 8 through 11 who are candidates for grades 9 through 12.
The ISEE is a four-section, multiple-choice exam administered by the Education Records Bureau. The exact number of questions and time vary a little for each level.
|Verbal Reasoning||40||20 minutes||Tests vocabulary and reasoning abilities|
Synonym section focuses on word recognition
Sentence Completion section measures students’ knowledge of words and their function
Use context clues to decide which word best fits the sentence
|Quantitative Reasoning||37||35 minutes||Tests mathematical synthesis, skill, comprehension, and logical reasoning|
Quantitative Reasoning problems are higher-order thinking problems
Solving application problems
Solving non-routine problems
|Reading Comprehension||36||35 minutes||Tests reading ability through six to eight passages, depending on the ISEE test level.|
Each passage is followed by at least 4 text-related questions.
|Mathematics Achievement||47||40 minutes||Correlates with common mathematics curriculum taught in schools.|
Students may NOT use calculators on the ISEE.
|Essay||1||30 minutes||Students’ essays must be in response to a provided prompt|
Students’ essays are sent to each school that receives the ISEE score report
Essays are NOT SCORED, but are instead evaluated individually by each school
The ISEE essay section is intended for students to demonstrate their writing abilities
Depending on the level, the actual testing time is between 2 hours and 20 minutes to 2 hours and 40 minutes.
Students may register to take the ISEE one time in any or all of three testing seasons. The ISEE testing seasons are defined as Fall (August–November), Winter (December–March), and Spring/Summer (April–July)
The ISEE consists of four sections which are scored and included on a report to both schools and families. The Test Profile provides information about the student’s overall performance on each section of the ISEE, except the essay; an unscored copy of the essay is sent to each school for which the student requests score reports.
Stanine Analysis permits comparisons between a student’s performance on both the ability tests and the related achievement tests. Specifically these
comparisons are made between Verbal Reasoning (V) and Reading Comprehension (R), and Quantitative Reasoning (Q) and Mathematics Achievement (M).
A stanine is a score from 1 to 9, with 5 as a midpoint. Stanines are derived by dividing the entire range of students’ scores into nine segments
The percentile rank shows the student’s standing when compared to other students in the norm group for this examination. The rank is based on scores obtained from all students in a given grade who have taken the test over the past three years. A percentile rank of 65 on a given section indicates that the student scored as well as or better that 65% of all students in the norm group and less well than 34%. This is out of a total of 99 percentile points.
Scaled scores for each section range from 760 to 940. The scaled score is derived from the raw score–the number of questions the student answered correctly–but is more useful than the raw score because the scaled score has the same meaning regardless of which form of the assessment is used. ERB administers multiple versions of the test each year. The scaled score takes these slight differences into account and allows ERB to report a score on a common scale that has the same meaning for all students regardless of the form of the test that was taken.
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