Using The ISEE as per the ERB





Utility of Taking the ERB ISEE

The ISEE stands for Independent School Entrance Exam. It is an entrance exam conducted throughout the USA for students who wish to enter into private schools. There are five sections in the test and it is conducted at three levels: Lower Level, Middle level and Upper Level. The test is conducted and administered by the ERB. This article discusses in detail the structure and the utility of the test. To get more information, you can visit the official website www.erblearn.org.

About the Test

As mentioned above, there are three levels in the test:

  1. Upper Level: This level is taken by students of grades 8 to 11 who are going to enroll in grades 9 through 12.

  2. Middle Level: The students of grades 6 and 7 appear for this level when they wish to get admission in grades 7 and 8.

  3. Lower Level: Students who are in grades 4 and 5, who wish to get admission in grades 5 and 6, appear for this level.

At each of these levels, there are three basic parts:

  1. Reasoning for both Quantitative and Verbal parts.
  2. Reading Comprehension and Mathematics Achievement tests.
  3. A section on essay writing.

Structure of the Test

The following table highlights the number of questions and sections in each level of the ERB ISEE test:

Sections

Upper Level

Middle Level

Lower Level

Verbal Reasoning

There are 40 questions that have to be
completed in 20 minutes.

There are 40 questions to be
completed in 20 minutes.

There are 34 questions that
have to be completed in 20 minutes.

Quantitative Reasoning

There are 37 questions that have to be
completed in 35 minutes.

35 minutes are given
to complete 37 questions.

There are 38 questions that
need to be completed in 35 minutes.

Reading Comprehension

36 questions have to be
completed in 35 minutes.

35 minutes are given to
complete 36 questions.

25 questions of this section have to be
completed in 25 minutes.

Mathematics Achievement

47 questions have to be
completed in 40 minutes.

47 questions have to be
completed in 40 minutes.

30 minutes are given to
complete 30 questions in this section.

Essay

30 minutes are given to
write an essay on the given topic.

30 minutes are given for
one essay topic.

30 minutes are given to
complete one essay on a given topic.

Total Testing Time

The total time given for answering
this level is 2 hours and 40 minutes.

The total time given is
2 hours and 40 minutes.

Total time given is
2 hours and 20 minutes.

Here are some important points that you need to know:

- You cannot take this test for mere practice. You can take it only if you are applying for admission to a school.
- You can take it only once in a six-month period. In case you take the test again within a six-month period, the scores of the second test will not be reported and you will not even receive any refund of the fee.

Utility of the Test

The highlights of the test are mentioned below:

- It gives a standardized and fair assessment of each applicant's skills and allows a comparison with peers based on these criteria.
- It has been statistically confirmed that the test's questions are completely relevant and specific to the content matter. These items provide an accurate assessment of the skills that a student possesses.

For these reasons, this test is commonly used across the USA. The candidates are able to get admission into the appropriate schools as per their current skills. Similarly, the schools are able to attract the best talent according to the facilities that they are able to provide. In the end, it can be concluded that taking and conducting the ISEE is a win-win situation for both students and institutions alike.