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.
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.