# The Ultimate ISEE Upper Level Prep Guide

**Overview and Test Taking Strategies**

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.

**Format of the ISEE Upper Level – 5 Sections**

*Click on the section for more information.*

**Full-Length Practice Tests**

Piqosity offers 6 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.

Released by the ERB, there is only one official practice test for the ISEE Upper Level. You can download this test for free from ERB. In addition, we have provided answer explanations for all of the test questions.

**Concept Review **

**Vocabulary**

A strong vocabulary is integral to doing well on the ISEE verbal reasoning and reading comprehension sections. Study this list, which contains 1200 words organized into 40 groups of 30 flashcards.

**Math Review**

The ISEE will test how well you know basic math concepts. We have prepared quick review guides for the 48 most tested concepts in the mathematics achievement and quantitative reasoning sections.

**Insights from Our Blog**

## ISEE Upper Level Official Practice Test Answer Explanations

The ISEE Upper Level is the private schools admissions test for students applying to grades 9 through 12. It [...]

## ISEE Math Review – Fundamental Counting Principle

The Fundamental Counting Principle determines the number of combinations one can make with data pulled from independent sets. For [...]

## ISEE Math Review – Set Notation

You may be faced with questions that ask you to find the union or intersection of a set of [...]

## ISEE Math Review – Sequences

A sequence in math is a series of values or objects that occur in a specific order and are [...]

*ISEE® is a registered trademark of the Educational Records Bureau which is neither affiliated with nor endorses Piqosity.*