The Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) is a three-hour
exam administered by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB). The ISEE is
used to assess a student's ability in key subject areas and determine
if he or she meets the criteria for admission to private middle schools
and high schools. Not all private secondary schools require the ISEE.
Consult your choice school's guidance counselor to determine if you
have to take it.
The ISEE consists of a series of multiple-choice questions divided
into four scored sections, two unscored sections, and an essay:
- verbal reasoning,
- quantitative reasoning,
- reading comprehension,
- math achievement
After you have completed the four sections you will have 30 minutes
to write an essay that will be given to schools so they determine your
The test is administered on three levels:
- Lower — for students in the 4th and 5th grades applying to the
5th and 6th grades
- Middle — for students in 6th and 7th grades applying to the 7th
and 8th grades
- Upper — for students in 8th grade and above applying to the 9th
grade and above
The same test is given to both middle and upper levels; however they
are scored differently.
Test dates vary from state to state. Consult your local guidance
counselor for more information.
How Do You Register for It?