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Why Your Child Should Start Prepping for the ISEE Early On

Updated: Sep 13, 2020

The ISEE is a standardized test for admission to independent schools, developed and administered by the ERB (Educational Records Bureau). It contains multiple choice sections in Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Reading Comprehension and Mathematics Achievement. There is also an essay, which is not scored, but is sent to the schools to which you apply. The Upper Level test is for applicants in 9th grade and above. The Middle Level test is for applicants in 7th and 8th grades. The Lower Level test is for applicants to 5th and 6th grades. The same sections appear on all three levels, but of course, the levels of difficulty vary between levels.

The ISEE is one of the more difficult standardized tests. Additionally, the ISEE may only be taken once during each admission period, such as once every six months, and may not be taken unless you have submitted an application to a school (or several schools). As such, the competition is extremely stiff.

Towards the end of each section of the exam, the questions become significantly more difficult, and may be material that your child has not seen before at their grade level. As a result, it’s important to expose your child to more difficult levels of math and ELA (such as algebra for a fifth grader) so that they are able to work through the problems.

Additionally, the essay portion of the ISEE is submitted directly to the school being applied to, which means that the school will receive an unedited version of your child’s writing. Preparing your child for proper essay writing, sentence structure, and grammar is key to performing successfully on the ISEE.

At Bright Kids, we help prepare children for all materials covered on the ISEE exam with one-on-one tutoring both at-home and in-office. We would love to be a part of your child’s test prep and help contribute to their success.

Please feel free to give us a call at 917-539-4575, or register online at: Primary ISEE Practice Test Prep

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