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The ISEE is the Independent School Entrance Examination, and is used for admission to private middle schools and high schools.  There are 4 ISEE levels: Primary, Lower, Middle and Upper.  Your testing level is determined by the grade to which you are applying for admission. Students may take the ISEE once per testing season (fall, winter and spring/summer) for a total of 3 times per year. When registering for test dates, families should verify application deadlines with the school(s) to which their student is applying to ensure that score reports are received in a timely manner.


  • Duration: 2 hours and 50 minutes (Upper and Middle Levels); 2 hours and 30 minutes (Lower Level).
  • Sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Mathematics Achievement, and an unscored essay.


  • Students should set aside approximately 12 weeks for ISEE test prep, which includes preparing for the math and verbal sections of the test, plus test-taking strategies.