It can be very helpful for students to take multiple ISEE tests. 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 how will schools see your scores? Families will automatically receive their student’s score report and are not required to indicate a school recipient of the scores when the student tests. If a family chooses to share their student’s scores with a school when the student tests, they must add the desired school to the student’s score recipient list. However, they can also wait to see the scores before sending them.
But when can you test? Students may register to take the ISEE up to three times in a 12-month admission cycle, once in each of three testing seasons. The seasons are Fall (August-November), Winter (December-March), and Spring/Summer (April-July). This means your student can take multiple ISEE tests–once in October or November, and then again in December or January.
It is important to note that only a complete score report can be sent to a school; this means families cannot select only portions of a report (such as just the Math or just the Verbal) to share, nor can they select one section of scores from one ISEE test and another section of scores from a different ISEE test. This means families can select the schools for their score recipient list at the time of registration and/or add schools after viewing the score report. There is no extra charge for adding schools before or after the report is generated. Score reports do not indicate how many times your student has taken the ISEE.
This is where it will depend on the specific school to which your child is applying and how they use multiple score reports. If you choose to send multiple score reports, most schools will view all scores sent to them and use the highest score from each section; if your child performed better on the Math on one test but Verbal on the other, they will use the highest score from each test. However, this is up to the school decide and you should contact the admission office to discuss their policies on multiple score reports.
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