ISEE Mathematics Achievement

For the Lower Level

For the Mathematics Achievement section, you will have 30 minutes to answer 30 word problems, and you are not allowed to use a calculator. This section is very similar to Quantitative Reasoning, except that you may be required to do complex calculations.

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To learn about what level of math you should know for the ISEE and for quick tutorials on the 26 most tested concepts, click on the button below.

Math Review Guides

Word Problems 

Each word problem is followed by four answer choices. Choose the answer choice that best answers the word problem. Several of the word problems may be solved without actually doing any math on paper.

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Systematic Approach to Mathematics Word Problems 

General 5-Step Approach

Step Question Yes
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1 Do I understand the question? Write out the necessary information to the side of the problem. SKIP IT! Circle the question in the test booklet and come back to it if time permits.
2 Do I know which formulas I should use? Quickly write out the necessary formulas to the side of the problem. SKIP IT! Circle the question in the test booklet and come back to it if time permits.
3 Will the question take me a long time to complete? SKIP IT! Circle the question in the test booklet and come back to it if time permits. See if you can solve the problem without performing any math.
4 Can I input values to solve the question? Use simple values such as -1, 0, and 1. If the answer chances, then choose D. Keep in mind all properties of algebraic and geometric concepts.
5 Can I make an educated guess with what I know? Eliminate portions of each value that are the same in both columns. DO NOT leave it blank. Choose the answer that makes the most sense.

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Take an ISEE Lower Level Practice Testisee-silver-ipad

Now that you've aced this vocabulary group, apply your skills to the Verbal Reasoning section of our ISEE Lower Level Practice Tests. Piqosity offers 7 full-length practice tests for the ISEE Lower Level. Learn more and sign up at Piqosity.com/ISEE-Lower-Level.