The Independent School Entrance Exam
The ISEE is used primarily by private schools primary for entry into elementary and middle school grades – specifically 5th through 8th grade. Schools typically use SSAT for entry into 9th through 12th grade.
There are three levels of ISEE:
- Lower Level (Current Grades 4-5) Testing Time: 2 Hours and 20 minutes
- Middle Level (Current Grades 6-7) Testing Time: 2 Hours and 40 minutes
- Upper Level (Current Grades 8 and up) Testing Time: 2 Hours and 40 minutes
The 50-Point Plan for ISEE
NC Global’s ISEE tutoring program begins with a personalized 50-Point Plan™ for success. NC Global tutors and students then follow the plan, which addresses basic weaknesses and strengthens overall test-taking performance in all areas tested by the ISEE. This completely unique and innovative approach to ISEE prep ensures that each student gets maximum benefit from each moment of tutoring and receives the individualized instruction that she needs in order to have meaningful, often dramatic score improvements.
NC Global ISEE Prep Tutoring: 24-36 hours for ISEE Complete.
As with all standardized tests, focused practice with strategies and regular feedback cycles is a proven formula for success. For most students, we recommend starting in the prior-prior summer – the summer before applications are due. Example: for students applying for seventh grade admission, preparation should begin in the summer prior to sixth grade.
When is the ISEE Offered?
The ISEE is offered roughly one time per month (8 times per year), from October through June. Students can take the test three times per year, once during each of three testing “windows”:
- Fall (August–November)
- Winter (December–March)
- Spring/Summer (April–July)
NC Global Recommended ISEE Test-taking Schedule:
- First Time: July
- Second Time (if required): November
- Third Time (if required): December
This testing schedule optimizes preparation time, establishes a baseline, then provides two closely-placed tests to maximize test-preparation efficiency. Note: Parents control which scores are released to schools, so there is no harm (and much potential upside) to taking the ISEE multiple times.