What to Expect on the ISEE
Introduction to the ISEE
Both the ISEE and the CTP test student abilities in Verbal Reasoning, Reading
Comprehension, Quantitative Reasoning, and Mathematics. They also contain similar types
of items. Therefore, it is quite possible that your student may be somewhat familiar with the
types of questions on the ISEE if he or she has previously taken the CTP. However, it is
important to note that there is no repeat of specific items between the two tests. The ISEE is
unique in that it is used for admission purposes only and its norms are based only on
applicants to independent schools.
Are there other books or programs that might help my student improve on the ISEE?
This is the only book approved by ERB. It was written in conjunction with the test developer,
Measurement Incorporated. This book contains current and accurate information.
Since this book was written by the developer of the actual test, the sample questions and
practice test questions were chosen to accurately reflect the format and the kinds of content
your student will see on the actual ISEE. You may see programs or materials advertised that
claim to help; however, none of them are approved by ERB, nor can they claim the intimate
knowledge of the actual test questions used on this edition.
What materials does my student need to bring to the actual ISEE?
Students should bring four #2 pencils and two pens with either blue or black ink. Students
may choose to use erasable ink.
Are there materials that my student is prohibited from using during the ISEE?
Most materials other than writing implements are prohibited. Specifically, scrap paper,
calculators, calculator watches, rulers, protractors, compasses, dictionaries, and
thesauruses are NOT permitted during the actual test.
Cell phones and other electronic devices (iPods, MP3s, beepers, etc.) are not permitted
at the test site and must not be brought into the testing room. If a student uses any of these
items during the exam, his or her exam will be invalidated, and the student may not retest for
another six months. Since students are not permitted to use these devices on the actual test, it
is recommended that they avoid using them when they answer the sample test questions or
take the practice test. A certain number of these restrictions may be waived for students who
receive testing accommodations due to documented disabilities.
Are testing accommodations made if my student requires them?
Accommodations may be made for students with documented learning differences or
physical challenges. Accommodation use in school and supporting documentation of the
disability are required. For more information and the “Testing with Accommodation”
brochure, visit the ERB Web site at http://www.erblearn.org/pages/Non_Stand_ISEE.html.