ISEE Score Information

Understanding ISEE Test Scores

After students complete their Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) test, they will receive a score report. Each student is graded on their mathematics achievement, reading comprehension, verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning. Students who are taking the Primary Level, only receive scores for reading and math. For each of these key areas, test-takers will receive several scores used to indicate how well they performed.

Raw & Scaled Scores

The raw score represents how many questions the test-taker answered correctly. Since there are many variations of the ISEE test, the ISEE test uses scaled scores to adjust for differences between versions of the test so that all test-takers are evaluated on the same basis. The lowest scaled score a test-taker can receive is 760 while the highest is 940.

Percentile Scores

The ISEE test provides a performance assessment based off of a comparison to other test-takers that make up what's called the norm group. Anyone who took the same test for the same age group over the past three years is considered part of the norm group. The percentile score students receive is in comparison to the norm group.

Students can receive a percentile score of up to 99. The lowest score possible is 1. The score indicates how many students in the norm group that the test-taker performed equal to or better than. A student who earns 59, for example, has outperformed or done as good as 59% of the norm group while 40% of the norm group did better than they did on the test.

Stanine Scores

Stanine's are used to break all test-takers into 9 groups. These scores are based on the percentile scores of 1-99. The higher the stanine number, the better that a student performed. The following is a breakdown of stanine scores:

PercentileStanine Score
96-999
89-958
77-887
60-766
40-595
23-394
11-223
4-102
1-31

Analysis Information

The score report that all ISEE test-takers receive also has more detailed information about how well the student did on different parts of the test. Each of the key sections is broken down into subsections where appropriate. The number of questions for each subsection is shown. The analysis also indicates how many questions in each subsection that the test-taker answered correctly. This information can be used to help test-takers determine which parts of the test they performed best on and, in the event that they decide to retake the test, it can help them identify which parts of the test they need to spend more time preparing for.

Retaking the Test

If a student does not perform as well as they had hoped when they took the ISEE test, they may take the test again. The only restriction on test-takers is that they take the test no more than one time for each of the three testing windows during the year. This means that students can take the test once from August to November, again during the months of December, January, February or March, and a third time between April and July.

ISEE Study Courses

If a students needs to retake an ISEE test, there are ISEE study courses that are specifically designed for students taking the ISEE Lower, Middle and Upper Levels. These course materials are available online and individuals can work through the lessons at their own pace.

ISEE CourseNumber of Lessons
ISEE Lower Level: Practice & Study Guide Course 109
ISEE Middle Level: Practice & Study Guide Course 132
ISEE Upper Level: Practice & Study Guide Course 234
What is the ISEE Test?

This article looks at the ISEE test, what it is, how it's used and the different grade levels that the ISEE test is designed for. It also touches on the test content, testing fees and study resources.

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