How did grade level affect performance on our ISEE practice tests?

This is the first in a three-part series of data analysis posts. We wanted to investigate how a student's grade level affected their performance on our ISEE tests.

In the first part, we'll show you our findings about fifth versus sixth grade performance.

ISEE School of the Week #1: Pingry

In our School of the Week series, we’ll be profiling some of the schools that use the ISEE as part of their admissions package. We hope to demonstrate the enormous diversity of competitive schools in the US, Canada, and abroad.

The first school we drew out of our hat is The Pingry School in New Jersey. Let’s take a look.

The Hardest ISEE Math Problem

STUMPERS Volume 2: Inches away.

In this series of posts, we will explore some of our practice questions that have stumped a remarkable number of students. We hope to highlight some common mistakes and how to avoid them on the official test.

What's the difference? State Achievement Exams vs. the ISEE

Families across the nation have become familiar with mandatory state achievement tests.

While some private school students remain fairly inexperienced with standardized testing, the majority of students, and certainly those in public schools, are all too acquainted with various achievement test acronyms.

How does the ISEE differ from mandatory achievement tests?

How to nail the ISEE's essay

We get a lot of questions about the essay section of the ISEE. In truth, the essay is a bit of an enigma. First off, it is not graded, but instead is sent to the schools to which your student is applying. For that reason, the criteria for a good essay can vary widely. Some schools see the ISEE's essay is a crucial part of the overall application, while others don’t put very much emphasis on it at all.

Even with this caveat in mind, prepping for the essay can be just as important as practicing the ISEE’s multiple-choice sections. But what makes a good essay?

Why you have to use our online scoring system

In this post, we answer the question: “where are the answer keys?”

Three Reasons Why an ISEE Diagnostic Is Crucial

Most students can tell you all about their favorite subject in school. Some kids love reading and writing stories, while others are enthralled by a perfectly puzzling math question.

These individual preferences can often correlate with a child’s success on certain ISEE sections, but it’s essential to thoroughly assess a student’s skills when it comes to taking the test itself. There’s really no better way to diagnose your child’s strengths and weaknesses than with a full-length ISEE practice test.

How to Use our ISEE Diagnostic Tools

Most people know that it’s important to take a few practice tests before the real exam, but what’s really crucial is learning from that practice. And sometimes that’s easier said than done.

Our team of ISEE educators and tech gurus have created an easy-to-use, online system that offers instant feedback on how your student can improve.

To make the most of our diagnostic system:

More about ISEE Reading Comprehension

The Reading Comprehension (RC) section of the ISEE test is intended to test students' abilities to answer questions about short reading passages in a limited timeframe. Depending on the level, the ISEE RC section consists of 5 or 6 approximately 25-75 line-numbered passages with 5 or 6 questions per passage. While students don’t need “outside information” to score well in this section (as questions are about the provided passages), many students are challenged by limited time, difficulty in understanding certain question types, and advanced vocabulary.

ISEE Verbal Reasoning

The Verbal Reasoning (VR) section of the ISEE test is intended to assess a student’s vocabulary, ability to identify synonyms, and ability to solve the verbal puzzles known as sentence completions. The questions in VR are all multiple-choice. The first half consists of synonyms, and the second half consists of sentence completions, which are each a sentence with one or two blanks followed by four answer choices.

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