SSAT ISEE SHSAT PSAT/PSAT10 SAT ACT SAT Subject

ISEE

The Independent School Entrance Examination helps to determine a student’s eligibility for enrollment in independent schools.

  • The ISEE is offered at various levels:
    • Lower (for admission to grades 5-6)
    • Middle (for admission to grades 7-8)
    • Upper (for admission to grades 9-12)
  • Each level consists of verbal, math, and reading sections, along with an unscored essay that will be sent to any schools to which the student applies.
  • Since students taking the ISEE exam are younger, our tutors strive to make weekly sessions fun and engaging. We want our students to get excited about the material and strategies they are learning and take pride in their work.
  • If you would like to learn more about our ISEE test prep, contact us today!

Quick Facts

Frequency

Dependent on location. Most testing dates take place in the fall and early winter.

Duration

  • 2 hours, 20 minutes (Lower Level)
  • 2 hours, 40 minutes (Middle and Upper Levels)

Section & Scores

  Upper Level Middle Level Elementary Level
Verbal Reasoning 797-935 782-926 760-903
Quantitative Reasoning 815-940 791-927 766-911
Reading Comprehension 825-940 799-940 764-913
Mathematics Achievement 806-940 774-907 769-899
Essay Not scored. However, the essay is sent to the schools to which the student applies.

When Should You Call Us?

Spring semester of the year prior to beginning the application process.

Thinking about taking the SSAT instead?

Empire Edge can help you determine which test is the best fit for your child. Take a look at how the exams compare, and learn more about our SSAT tutoring here.

SSAT
  • Elementary (Admission to grades 4-5)
  • Middle (Admission to grades 6-8)
  • Upper (Admission to grades 9-12)
ISEE
  • Lower (Admission to grades 5-6)
  • Middle (Admission to grades 7-8)
  • Upper (Admission to grades 9-12)
SSAT
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Quantitative (one section on Elementary level; two sections on Middle and Upper levels)
  • Essay (unscored; sent to schools)
ISEE
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Mathematics Achievement
  • Essay (unscored; sent to schools)
SSAT

Elementary Level
- 1 hour, 50 minutes

Middle/Upper Levels
- 3 hours, 5 minutes

ISEE

Lower Level
- 2 hours, 20 minutes

Middle/Upper Levels
- 2 hours, 40 minutes

SSAT
  • No calculator

Elementary Level

  • Section I: Quantitative
    - 30 questions
    - 30 minutes

Middle Level

  • Section I
    - 25 questions
    - 30 minutes
  • Section II
    - 25 questions
    - 30 minutes

Upper Level

  • Section I
    - 25 questions
    - 30 minutes
  • Section II
    - 25 questions
    - 30 minutes
ISEE
  • No calculator

Lower Level

  • Section I: Quantitative Reasoning
    - 38 questions
    - 35 minutes
  • Section II: Mathematics Achievement
    - 30 questions
    - 30 minutes

Middle Level

  • Section I: Quantitative Reasoning
    - 27 questions
    - 35 minutes
  • Section II: Mathematics Achievement
    - 47 questions
    - 30 minutes

Upper Level

  • Section I: Quantitative Reasoning
    - 37 questions
    - 35 minutes
  • Section II: Mathematics Achievement
    - 47 questions
    - 40 minutes
SSAT

Elementary Level
- 7 passages
- 28 questions
- 30 minutes
~4 minutes, 16 seconds/passage

Middle Level
- 7 passages
- 40 questions
- 40 minutes
~5 minutes, 42 seconds/passage

Upper Level
- 7 passages
- 40 questions
- 40 minutes
~5 minutes, 42 seconds/passage

ISEE

Lower Level
- 5 passages
- 25 questions
- 25 minutes
~5 minutes/passage

Middle Level
- 6 passages
- 36 questions
- 35 minutes
~5 minutes, 48 seconds/passage

Upper Level
- 6 passages
- 36 questions
- 35 minutes
~5 minutes, 48 seconds/passage

SSAT
  • Synonyms & Analogies

Elementary Level
- 30 questions
- 20 minutes

Middle Level
- 60 questions
- 30 minutes

Upper Level
- 60 questions
- 30 minutes

ISEE
  • Synonyms & Sentence Completions

Lower Level
- 34 questions
- 20 minutes

Middle Level
- 40 questions
- 20 minutes

Upper Level
- 40 questions
- 20 minutes

SSAT

Elementary Level
- 1 prompt
- 15 minutes

Middle Level
- 1 prompt
- 25 minutes

Upper Level
- 1 prompt
- 25 minutes

ISEE

Lower Level
- 1 prompt
- 30 minutes

Middle Level
- 1 prompt
- 30 minutes

Upper Level
- 1 prompt
- 30 minutes

SSAT
  • Yes (unscored)
ISEE
  • No
SSAT
  • N/A
ISEE
  • Students may sit the exam up to three times in any given 12-month admission cycle, once per testing season (August-November; December-March; April-July).

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