The Independent School Entrance Examination is abbreviated as ISSE Test. It is an entrance exam used by many independent schools and management schools in the United States. The Independent School Entrance Examination was developed and administered by the Educational Records Bureau and has three levels:

The Lower Level, for entrance in grades 5-6.

The Middle Level, for entrance in grades 7-8.

The Upper Level, for entrance in grades 9-12.

All the ISEE levels comprises of five sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Mathematics Achievement, and a 30- minute essay.

Verbal Reasoning: This section of ISEE Tests comprises of two parts: the synonyms, and sentence completions. In the Upper and Middle Levels, 40 questions are to be answered in 20 minutes. In the Lower Level, 34 questions are to be answered in 20 minutes.

Quantitative Reasoning: The Quantitative Reasoning in the Lower Level has 38 questions to be answered in 35 minutes. The Upper and Middle Levels have 37 questions in 35 minutes. The Lower Level comprises of Word Problems. The Quantitative Reasoning Section comprises questions on Numbers and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, Data Analysis and Probability, and Problem Solving.

Reading Comprehension: The Reading Comprehension has questions on the Main Idea, Supporting Ideas, Interference, Vocabulary, Organization/Logic and Tone/Style/Figurative Language. The Lower Level has 25 questions to be answered in 25 minutes. The Middle and Upper levels have 36 questions to be answered in 35 minutes.

Mathematics Achievement: In this section, the Lower Level has 30 questions to be answered in 30 minutes. The Middle and Upper levels have 47 questions to be answered in 40 minutes.

Essay: In all the three levels, the candidate is required to write an essay which serves as a sample of his/her writing to schools for which the candidate is applying. A random topic is met out and the students have 30 minutes to write an essay using a black or blue pen. The essay is not ranked or scored, but is photocopied and sent to schools to which the student is applying.


The ISEE Test can be given by students of 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12th grade who want to appear for their respective grades.

How to APPLY

The application form for each grade is different. Every boarding school has their own application form. Fill out the form attaching the correspondent registration fee, passport size photos and the latest report card to the mailing address of the school.


There are two ways to schedule the ISEE Test. It can be scheduled on a weekend at one of the schools participating in this test, and also during the week at a test center.


Prepare for the ISEE Test well in advance. Read everything and get acquainted with the sections and content of the test. Don't forget to talk to your child about the purpose of the test. Schedule the test preparations and try to solve the test. Set up a practice test and find mistakes, if any. Build up your child's basic skills.


Since the test consists entirely of multiple choice questions, the raw score is exclusively determined by the number of correct answers that you answer. Hence, it is advised not to leave any question blank in the ISEE Test. This raw score is regenerated into a scaled score between 760 and 940. The essay is not included in the score. The schools are also sent the student's percentile score so that they can assess where you cumulate against other students.


The results of the ISEE Test can be either found out online or through a telephone on payment of an extra fee. The ISEE Test report contains Student Information, Test Profile, and Achievement Analysis.

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