For the ISEE Lower Level, Piqosity now offers 6 full-length practice tests! Students can take these tests straight through under timed conditions or pause and resume at their leisure. For added flexibility, the tests can be even broken up and used as a 1000-item question bank, which automatically adapts to a student’s strengths and weaknesses by topic and sub-topic.

Questions are self-scoring and analyzing. Students will receive immediate feedback on their strengths and weaknesses and a prediction of their test day stanine scores.

The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) Lower Level is the popular private school admissions test taken by students applying to grades 5 and 6. Other versions of the test include the Middle Level for students applying to grades 7 and 8, and the most popular Upper Level for students applying to grades 9 through 12.

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Tons of Practice Questions

  • 170 Synonym Questions
  • 170 Sentence Completion Questions
  • 180 Reading Comprehension Questions
    • Main Idea
    • Supporting Ideas
    • Vocabulary-In-Context
    • Inference
    • Organization and Logic
    • Tone, Style, and Figurative Language
  • 270 Quantitative Reasoning Questions
  • 210 Mathematics Achievement Questions
    • Tables and Graphs
    • Mean, Median, Mode, and Range
    • Numbers and Operations
    • Fractions and Decimals
    • Area and Perimeter
    • Numeric Patterns
    • Probability
    • And many more…

ISEE Lower Level Structure and Format

  1. Verbal Reasoning – 20 minutes for 34 synonym and sentence completion problems
  2. Quantitative Reasoning – 35 minutes for 38 word problems
  3. Reading Comprehension – 25 minutes for 5 short passages and 25 questions
  4. Mathematics Achievement – 30 minutes for 30 word problems
  5. Personal Essay – 30 minutes to write up to 2-pages on one prompt

Scoring the ISEE Lower Leveler Level Stanine Scoring Methodology

The ISEE is a “peer-normed” test meaning that student “peers” are scored relative to other students of the same grade. The “norm group” consists of all students applying to the same grade over the last three years but excludes the current year’s students.

This norm group means that 5th graders applying to 6th grade are not scored against 6th graders applying to 7th grade. Furthermore, this arrangement also means that friends are not competing against each other since the current year of students testing is not part of the norm group.

Students receive a stanine score of 1 to 9 in each of the 4, scored topics (Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, and Mathematics Achievement – the essay is not scored). A 9 is the highest score and a 1 is the lowest score. Scores of 4, 5, and 6 are considered average.

Parents can view their student’s scores online as soon as the Monday after a Saturday testing. After reviewing the scores, parents can then decide whether or not to send the results to a private school for consideration or to register for another test in the hopes of getting a higher score.

When to Take the ISEE Lower Level

Students can take the ISEE up to three times a year, but only once during each of three testing periods:

  • April – July (summer)
  • August – November (fall)
  • December – March (winter)

Many students will start preparing for the ISEE by the summer before they plan to apply to a private school. While few students sit for a summer test date, almost all students will sit for a November and/or January test date depending when their school applications are due.

The standard registration fee is $110; however, some testing sites like education consultants may charge more, and there are additional fees for expedited scores, paper scores by US mail, and late registration. Most testing is done with pencil and paper; however, computer-based tests are also available.

Parents should register to take the ISEE at

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