The Ultimate ISEE Prep Guide

For the Upper Level (applying to grades 9-12) and Middle Level (applying to grades 7&8).

Overview and Test Taking Strategies

The ISEE Upper Level is the ACT of private school admissions for grades 9 through 12, and the ISEE Middle Level is likewise the test of choice for grades 7 and 8. 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.

The format of the Upper Level and Middle Level ISEE tests are identical; therefore, this guide will prepare students for applying to grades 7-12.

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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.

Read or Watch our Overview and Learn Test-Taking Strategies

Format of the ISEE Upper & Middle Level – 5 Sections

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Piqosity offers 7 full-length practice tests plus 2,000 adaptive practice questions. Students receive an estimated test-day score every time they practice. Additional practice adapts to the student’s individual strengths and weaknesses.

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Concept Review 

Vocabulary List

ISEE Middle Level

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1000 words organized into 35 groups of 30 flashcards.

Math Review

ISEE Middle Level

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Quick review guides for the 40 most tested concepts in the mathematics achievement and quantitative reasoning sections.

Vocabulary List

ISEE Upper Level

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1200 words organized into 40 groups of 30 flashcards.

Math Review

ISEE Upper Level

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Quick review guides for the 48 most tested concepts in the mathematics achievement and quantitative reasoning sections.

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