ISEE TEST PREP

ISEE Levels and Timing

Levels & Timing The ISEE has four levels. All levels of the ISEE test include both reading and mathematics multiple-choice questions as well as a writing prompt*. The number of questions and test timing vary. *Writing sample is not administered for New York City applicants when taking the ISEE Primary only. Primary Level (entering Grades 2 – 4) Primary Level 2 (entering Grade 2) Section Questions Time Allotted Auditory Comprehension 6 7 minutes Reading 18…

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ISEE Formats and Testing Seasons

Testing Seasons 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). ISEE does not encourage multiple testing, but we do offer students and families that option. Formats The ISEE is available in both online and paper testing formats. Format availability varies by level and test location. Both modalities have the same number of…

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Need Help Deciphering Your Child’s ISEE ISR?

Need help deciphering your child’s ISEE ISR? The Individual Student Report (ISR), which will be posted to your family’s online account several days after your child takes the ISEE exam, shows the results from your child’s exam day and some useful metrics for gauging how well they performed on the exam. Copies of the ISR are also emailed to ERB schools and consultants if you have listed them as recipients (The essay, which is NOT scored…

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Should Your Child Take the ISEE Test More than Once?

It can be very helpful for students to take the ISEE test more than once. Our recommendation is to start test prep before testing the first time, then continue test prep up until the second test date. It can be beneficial for students to have the experience of taking the test the first time, then reviewing those results with the tutor, strengthening test-taking strategies and improving content knowledge, and then testing again. But when can you…

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Special Accommodations for the ISEE Test

Will your child need special accommodations to take the ISEE test? The exam proctors will make every effort to arrange special administrations for students who are unable to take the ISEE under standard conditions because of a documented learning difference or a physical challenge. Read on for instructions on eligibility and how to apply for accommodations. As far as eligibility, students with a documented disability may be eligible for accommodations such as extended time (fifty…

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Take the ISEE Multiple Times for Best Results!

Did you know: Your child can take the ISEE test multiple times! After the first ISEE test of the season we always receive a great deal of calls from parents concerned about their child’s test scores.  Parents tell us that their children are high-achieving and bright students who receive great grades in school, and they don’t understand why they didn’t perform better on the test. The problem is, these tests contain content that is above your student’s grade level, meaning there is content…

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Concerned About Your Child’s ISEE Scores?

After ISEE scores are released, we always receive a great deal of calls from parents concerned about their child’s test scores. Parents tell us that their children are high-achieving and bright students who receive great grades in school, and they don’t understand why they didn’t perform better on the test. The problem is, these tests contain content that is above your student’s grade level, meaning there is content that your child has never seen before.…

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Sharing ISEE Test Strategies for Success

Boston Tutoring Services has developed proprietary materials for tutors to use in ISEE test preparation. There are basic test taking strategies that we enforce in order to make the most of our students’ time on the test. In our training manual, we begin with general ISEE test-taking strategy. One-Two Pass In the Synonym, Sentence Completion, and Math sections, it is important for students to become comfortable with the one-two pass strategy. In the first pass,…

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Students May Take the ISEE More Than Once

Students may take the ISEE more than once. According to ERBlearn.org, students taking the ISEE test may register “up to three times in a 12-month admission cycle” starting this August 2016. This is a major change because the ISEE test was previously a one-time only test. Students may now register in all three seasons of ISEE testing: August-November (Fall), December-March (Winter), or April-July (Spring/Summer). Because most deadlines for applications occur around December 1st, students will…

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