ISEE ESSAY

Structuring Your Standard Essay for the ISEE

The key to structuring your standard essay for the ISEE is to ensure you have the proper format. Here’s the general format for a successful standard essay: Introduction Sentence 1: Thesis/Answering the question Sentence 2: Introduce your first supporting paragraph (what you’re going to say in the second paragraph) Sentence 3: Introduce your second supporting paragraph (what you’re going to say in the third paragraph) Sentence 4: Sum up your ideas and transition into the…

Read More »

The Key to Mastering the ISEE Essay

The key to mastering the ISEE essay is preparing yourself for the difficulty of developing a full essay within 30 minutes. Before we discuss the details of the essay assignment, there’s something you need to know: your ISEE essay is not being scored. It will be sent along with the rest of your test to the schools to which you are applying. It is going to be looked at alongside your admission essay (if the…

Read More »

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…

Read More »

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…

Read More »

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.…

Read More »

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,…

Read More »

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…

Read More »

ISEE Test-Taking Strategy

Introduction 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…

Read More »