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FAQs for the ISEE

What role does the ISEE have in the admission process?
Can I view more detailed information about the ISEE?
What is a raw score?
What is a scaled score?
What is the composition of ISEE norm group?
What is a percentile?
Does your percentile ranking reflect a competitive group of students?
What is a stanine?
What information does the Analysis section of the Individual Student Report  (ISR) provide?
Whom may I contact with additional questions or to discuss a student’s score report?
Do  tutors work with the actual ISEE test?



 

 
What role does the ISEE have in the admission process?
Schools use the ISEE scores as one piece of the overall student profile for applicant consideration.

The ISEE offers a standardized assessment comparing a student’s reasoning and achievment skills to those of other students applying to the same grade from different schools.

The standards on the ISEE align with those of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the International Reading Association (IRA), and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

Can I view more detailed information about the ISEE?
Yes. An overview of the test with sample questions, a full-length practice test, an actual answer sheet, and an explanation of the Individual Score Report (ISR) is available at no cost by downloading What to Expect on the ISEE.

What is a raw score?
A raw score is the number of questions a student answered correctly. There is no penalty for incorrect answers on the ISEE.

What is a scaled score?
The scaled score is a common scale, derived from the raw score, that has the same meaning for all students regardless of the edition or form taken. The scaled score is used to control for slight variations among different forms of a test. It enables us to report a score on a common scale that has the same meaning for all students. The scaled score range for all sections and levels of the ISEE falls between 760 and 940.

What is the composition of ISEE norm group?
The norm group consists of all students in the same grade who took the ISEE test over the past three years. Students are not ranked regionally, and they are not compared to other testers on the same day of testing. All students in the 2012–13 season are compared to the same “norm” group of students who took the ISEE for the same grade over the past three years.

What is a percentile?
The percentile is a ranking of where the student stands relative to the ISEE norm group. (It is not the percentage of questions the student answered correctly.) For example, a percentile rank of 63 on an ISEE test section indicates that the student scored as well as or higher than 63 percent (and lower than 36 percent) of all students in the norm group. Percentile rank scores range from 1 to 99.

Does your percentile ranking reflect a competitive group of students?
Yes. The ISEE percentile rank reflects a competitive group of applicants to independent schools, most of them generally high-achieving students. The reference group is the group of students testing for the same grade who took the ISEE over the last three years. It is not a national norm to which students may have been compared on other standardized tests. Thus, your student may find his or her percentile score to be lower than it was on previous tests.

A student who always scored above the 50th percentile may find himself or herself below the 50th percentile, and students who normally score above the 90th percentile on other tests may find themselves barely above average on the ISEE. For example, parents are frequently surprised when they see a 75th percentile score for a child who scored at the 95th percentile last year on a test based on state or national norms. This difference is due to the nature of the high-achieving population of students taking the ISEE.

What is a stanine?
A stanine is an abbreviated version of the percentile. While there are 99 percentile ranks, which are ideal for fine distinctions among students, the stanine has only nine possible values and divides students into nine groups.

What information does the Analysis section of the Individual Student Report (ISR) provide?
In the Analysis section of the Individual Student Report, each section score indicates the number of questions answered correctly, the number of questions answered incorrectly, and the number of questions omitted or never reached. Each section score is broken down by type of question, providing more specific information about a student’s relative strengths and weaknesses.

.Whom may I contact with additional questions or to discuss a student’s score report?
At any point you may request information or review of a score report.  If you just received your child's ISEE scores and have some questions, please contact us at  or call (800) 989-3721 ext. 2620.

Do tutors work with actual ISEE tests?
The ISEE is a secure test. Actual test questions are not released to tutors, schools or individuals.

ERB has created our own preparation materials (the “What to Expect on the ISEE” books) which may be downloaded from our website at no cost. Click here. These books provide the best information on the ISEE since they are written by the testing company itself. 

These materials are the only up-to-date, consistent, and accurate materials that are sanctioned by ERB for the ISEE.


 

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