 ISEE Upper Level Research and Analysis2017-04-19T21:51:34-05:00

# About the ISEE Upper Level The ISEE Upper Level is the ACT of private school admissions for grades 9 through 12. Just as colleges use the SAT and ACT to determine applicant preparedness, many independent schools across the US achieve the same effect with the ISEE.

Because teachers, curriculums, and academic difficulty vary from school to school, a student’s report card is not sufficient enough to accurately compare students from different schools. Therefore they use a standardized test like the ISEE.

ISEE is an acronym that stands for the Independent School Entrance Exam. It is administered by the non-profit group ERB, Educational Records Bureau. You’ve probably heard of ERB before in the context of annual testing, particularly if your school administers the CTP-4, which is somewhat similar to the ISEE.

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# ISEE Upper Level Research, Analysis, & Adice

## ISEE Upper Level Practice Test Video Explanations for Quantitative Reasoning

The Educational Records Bureau (ERB) makes only one near full-length practice test available for the ISEE Upper Level. Available as a free PDF download on its website, this is the only official practice test. However there at least two major downsides to this test. First, it is only 140 questions in length whereas the actual test contains 160 questions. The disparity is a result of the practice test omitting [...]

## ISEE Math Review – Number Types

The ISEE will directly and indirectly test your knowledge of number types. For example, a word problem may include rules where its values may only be integers or whole numbers. Real Numbers (Numbers that Exists) Natural Numbers include positive numbers do not include zero do not include negative numbers do not include decimals or fractions Examples     ✓   1, 2, 3, 4     [...]

## ISEE Math Review – Mathematic Properties

Math is filled with theorems, axioms, and properties. Though the following properties may seem simplistic, the ISEE will couple these properties with difficult concepts, such as algebraic functions. Reflexive Property A value is equal to itself. x = x Examples 17 = 17 y = 400 Symmetric Property Equal values may be placed on either side of the equals sign. x = y y = x Examples x = 25 [...]

## ISEE Math Review – Order of Operations

Operations are the actions taken to solve math problems: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, grouping (placing values in parentheses), and exponentiation (multiplying the same number to itself a certain number of times). Order of Operations was developed to make sure operations in a problem are completed in a particular order to achieve the correct result. The Order of Operations (PEMDAS)  Parentheses Exponents Multiplication Division Addition Subtraction Multiplication does not outrank Division, [...]

## ISEE Math Review – Arithmetic Word Problems

Word problems can be some of the most difficult types of questions on any test. You have to understand precisely what the question is asking you and what relevance the quantities have to one another. For Arithmetic Word Problems, you will not really have to worry about creating algebraic expressions in order to answer the questions. When you first attempt a word problem, write all quantities to the side of [...]

## ISEE Math Review – Number Lines

Number lines are used to visually represent the relationships between integers, fractions, and decimals and to show how mathematic operations work in these relationships. Some number lines are shown with arrows pointing in opposite directions on either end of the line to designate a continuity of sequence in positive and negative numbers. The number line is shown as a line with equally spaced tick marks along the whole line. Numbers to [...]