Educational Records Bureau (ERB) offers the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) to its member schools. ISEE is the choice of many independent schools nationwide. Examining your academic accomplishments and reasoning ability is the purpose of this test. You can take it either on paper or online, and it is used by admissions committees at private schools to predict your success at their school. It is possible to register for the ISEE up to three times within a year, once for each of the three testing seasons. There are three seasons: Fall (August–November), Winter (December–March), and Spring/Summer (April–July).

ISEE: Why do we need it?

The school you are applying to requires ISEE scores as part of the overall admissions process. All students entering the same grade can take one common admissions test, so the school can view one common item for all applicants. In addition to the ISEE scores, the school considers your application, your school records, and perhaps an interview. All of the admissions components, including ISEE scores, help the school, you, and your family figure out which school is right for you.

Levels of Exam and who can take ISEE:

  • Lower level: Students seeking admission to grades 5 or 6.
  • Middle Level: Students seeking admission to grades 7 or 8.
  • Upper Level: Students seeking admission to grades 9 to 12.

What covers each section?

  • Verbal Reasoning— There are two subsections with questions on synonyms and sentence completion. This section tests grade-level-appropriate vocabulary and sentence-completion ability. Students are asked to choose the appropriate word or phrase that best completes the sentence.
  • Quantitative Reasoning— It covers multiple math concepts and contains several subsections as well as word problems. Concepts tested include (1) numbers and operations, (2) measurement, (3) geometry, (4) algebra, (5) data analysis and probability, (6) concepts/understanding, (7) applications/higher-order thinking, and (8) quantitative comparisons.
  • Reading Comprehension— Students are tested on their ability to understand and interpret questions based on six reading passages on humanities, science, and social studies topics. For each passage, you’ll get the passage first and then questions that correspond to it.
  • Mathematics Achievement— The fourth multiple-choice question (MCQ) section on the ISEE test. This section tests topics such as (1) numbers and operations, (2) algebraic concepts, (3) measurement, (4) geometric concepts, and (5) data analysis and probability.

Few Tips to find out your expected Exam score using Socrato

  • Take a complete Timed Test.
  • To grade the test, visit
  • Log in or sign up.
  • Select the ISEE test of your choice.
  • Then click on the “Process Test.
  • Click on the “Auto Extract and Import Student Answers from Mobile camera”
  • After that enter the batch name and click submit button.
  • Upload the pdf/jpeg/jpg files and get extracted data.
  • Review all the pages of the bubble sheet and then click on the Report button.
  • Finally, after submission of all click on the ‘Show Result’ and then generate the report and get your instant diagnostic report.

You can also score the ISEE practice test and get a detailed diagnostic report by using the Socrato online bubble sheet grading platform.

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