ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) is an important exam that would help determine your kid’s future. As you can probably tell already, it is an admission test that is used to apply for independent schools all over the United States.
Now to help your kid out prepare for the big day, you must have the basic information about it first. Here are a few points that you need to take note on.
- There are various levels that depends on the grade level your kid is trying to get into. There is an exam for the Upper Level. This one is given to applicants who are in 9th grade and beyond. There is also an exam for Middle Level, which is for students who are in their 7th and 8th grade. Lastly, there is an exam for the Lower Level which is designed for applicants who are in 5th and 6th grade.
- All test levels have the same sections. Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, and Mathematics Achievement. In some levels, applicants can also expect for an essay test which can be sent to the school the student is trying to get into. These tests are each scored differently, with the exception of the essay part which is not scored.
- The entire test runs for at least two and a half hours (2 hours and 30 minutes) to almost three hours (2 hours and 50 minutes) depending on the level the student is taking.
- Students have the option to take the test on available test dates which are given all throughout the year. There are tests administered during the fall, spring/summer, and winter. The testing dates may vary each year so just make sure that you and your kid is aware of the exact dates as you will need enough time to prepare for it.
- The ISEE can be taken online or offline at certified testing sites. Whichever test your child may choose to get will be containing the same set of questions and criteria for grading.
- Test results from exams that are taken online can be automatically sent to schools. Meanwhile results from paper administrations may be posted up to 14 days (2 weeks) after taking the exam. To get a hold of the exam results quickly, make sure that your kid has set up an online account.
Now that we’ve got those things covered, we’ll give you the things that you can personally do to help your kid be on tip-top condition on the day of the test.
- Help your child prepare as soon as possible. Majority of the students who take the ISEE are in middle school so chances are, they’re not familiar with this kind of standardized test. Even if your child is not in middle school, it’s still important to assume that this is a new territory for them. Thus, the need for an early and immediate preparation.
- Know your child’s strength and weakness. Some kids are better at reading than math or vice versa. Knowing which subject your kid is better or worse on will help you identify which aspects to focus more into. Just remember to still practice on the parts where they are already good on to make sure that they are equally prepared on all parts of the exam.
- You look for online sources and materials that would emulate the actual test. Know that studying will not be enough to get your child ready. Conducting practice tests will give them an overview of the exam questions. In addition to that, making them take a mock exam would give both you and your child a foresight of what to expect on the actual test day.
- Get them a personal tutor or enroll them in a tutoring center. On Track Learning have ISEE Prep centers in Lafayette and Alamo and both sites have the best team of professional tutors that could guarantee an improvement in your child’s test scores. They also have comprehensive test materials, and state of the art facilities and services that you can’t easily find elsewhere.
- Get your child a wrist watch. I know this sounds a bit out of the blue, but this might just be one of the easiest tip that I could give to parents out there. Since the use mobile phones are not allowed during the test, and the actual test is conducted with a time pressure, having a watch to help track the time is absolutely necessary. So make sure that you get your kid a reliable watch on or before the test date.
- Last but certainly not the least, try your best not to give your kid extra and unnecessary pressure. Taking this exam is already stressful for a kid. Know that as a parent, the most important thing you can do for them is providing as much support and love that you can.