The ISEE® (Independent School Entrance Exam®) is a test created by the ERB (Educational Records Bureau.) The ISEE® Lower Level test is used for entrance into the 5th and 6th grade of many independent and magnet schools.
The ISEE® Lower Level consists of Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Mathematics Achievement and Essay sections.
The Verbal Reasoning section has synonym and sentence completion portions that are divided into 34 questions that are to be answered in 20 minutes.
The Quantitative Reasoning section consists of 38 Word Problems that are to be completed in 35 minutes. The Word Problems in the Quantitative section relate to the following Mathematic concepts:
- Numbers and Operations
- Problem Solving
Test takers are given a 5-minute break after the Quantitative Reasoning section.
The Reading Comprehension of the Lower Level ISEE consists of 5 reading passages each followed by 5 questions. The 25 questions of this section are to be completed in 25 minutes and relate to the following concepts:
- Main and Supporting Ideas
- Organization and Logic
- Tone/Style/Figurative Language
The Mathematics Achievement section has is divided into 30 questions that are to be answered in 30 minutes. The questions relate to the same Mathematical concepts as the Quantitative Reasoning section.
Test takers are given a 5-minute break after the Mathematics Achievement section.
Test takers are given 30 minutes to plan and write an essay on a random topic in blue or black pen. The essay is not graded but is sent to the schools to which the test taker is applying to as a writing sample.
How to Prepare for the Lower Level ISEE®
Aristotle Circle has released an ISEE® Lower Level Practice Test that you can order now! Aristotle Circle will also be releasing an ISEE® Lower Level Workbook in January. Aristotle Circle’s ISEE® Lower Level Practice Test prepares your child for the ISEE® through practice and familiarization with the tested ISEE® question-types. Our full-length practice test will help maximize your child’s test-taking confidence and scores. Using this practice test, you can assess your child’s performance and see which of the five ISEE® areas need improvement: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, reading comprehension, mathematics achievement, and essay.
For more information regarding the ISEE® Lower Level test and our Our ISEE® Lower Level Practice Test, please watch the video below:
Our ISEE® Practice Test I book includes:
- Detailed answer explanations appropriate for students of all levels that help your child better understand any questions that were difficult or need more help to understand
- Question-type identification
- Question difficulty-level breakdown
- Essay outline & full model essay for tested essay prompt
- Helpful hints & strategies
- Key concept review
- How to understand ISEE® scoring and the Individual Student Report (ISR)
Aristotle Circle offers a full-range of ISEE services, including a supplementary ISEE® Lower Level Workbook, tutoring services, interview preparation, and admission consulting. Contact us to learn more about all of our services!
This ISEE® Lower Level Practice Test book was developed by Aristotle Circle’s Director of Product Development, Janet Roberts. Roberts received her Masters of Science from Oxford University’s Department of Education in Educational Research Methodology, and is a certified teacher with a Bachelor of Education. Roberts has also studied at New York City’s most prestigious educational institutions, including Columbia University and Stuyvesant High School.
To develop the contents of this book, Roberts worked with select Aristotle Circle Test-Preparation Experts, including Harvard graduates and Math professors with extensive ISEE® knowledge. To ensure this book was made to maximize your learning, it was designed and edited by an Art professor with a Masters of Fine Arts and an art fellowship from Yale University.