The Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) is produced by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB). It is used for admission to private elementary schools, middle schools, junior high schools, and high schools. Some boarding schools will also accept the ISEE, although most prefer the SSAT.
ERB offers three versions of the ISEE Primary test:
- ISEE Primary 2 — for 1st graders applying to 2nd grade
- ISEE Primary 3 — for 2nd graders applying to 3rd grade
- ISEE Primary 4 — for 3rd graders applying to 4th grade
These tests are administered online and contain multiple‐choice math and reading comprehension questions, as well as multiple‐choice listening questions for ISEE Primary 2 test takers, a picture prompt‐based essay for ISEE Primary 3 test‐takers, and a written prompt for Primary 4 test‐takers.
There are also three versions of ISEE for older students:
- Lower Level — for students in the 4th and 5th grades applying to the 5th and 6th grades
- Middle Level — for students in 6th and 7th grades applying to the 7th and 8th grades
- Upper Level — for students in 8th grade and above applying to the 9th grade and above
The Lower, Middle and Upper Level ISEEs are now offered both online and in the traditional pencil‐and‐paper format. These tests consist of four multiple‐choice sections: verbal reasoning (containing synonym and sentence completion questions), reading comprehension, and two math sections (quantitative reasoning and math achievement). These tests also contain an essay section in which students are given 30 minutes to write on an assigned topic; the essay is not graded but a copy will be sent to each school that receives an ISEE score report. The entire test takes approximately two and a half hours to administer.
The ISEE is administered on various dates from October through April, although students must wait six months before retaking the ISEE. The pencil and‐paper version is offered at several locations throughout New York City and elsewhere, and the online version is offered at Prometrics centers throughout the country.
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Test Prep Centers:
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Riverside, CT 06878
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Stamford, CT 06902
If your child is scheduled to take a private school admissions test, Greenwich Education Group can help. Our ISEE test preparation program is specifically designed to help students become familiar with the structure, question design, and content of the tests. We’ve found that familiarity with the tests as a whole and an understanding of specific test strategies can significantly minimize anxiety and boost performance.
Our comprehensive ISEE test-preparation program incorporates individualized test prep planning, one-on-one tutoring, and proctored practice exams. Our administrators and test instructors are specifically trained to help students achieve scores that reflect their highest potential.
A sample private ISEE Prep Program would include:
- 24 hours of test prep = 3 times a week for 4 weeks, 12 hours of English and 12 hours of Math
- Small group class of up to 8 students
- Includes a diagnostic test at the beginning and a practice test at the end
- Includes one-on-one review of the diagnostic test
- Make-up sessions charged at the regular rate of $150/hr
- ISEE book included in the price ($20)
- A deposit of $500 is required to hold a seat
To maximize student performance, in addition to the detailed test prep instruction provided by our tutors, our program integrates a Stress Management Workshop which provides strategies for test anxiety, performance stress, and other test taking concerns. This program component is lead by a licensed psychologist with direct experience working with adolescents and will be held on the first and last day of the course.
Greenwich Education Group can also assist with boarding and day school placement for your child and can help you determine the school that best fits his or her needs. Contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our directors.
SSAT Flex Test Center
What's the Difference Between Standard and Flex?
A Standard test is a group administration of the SSAT held at sites worldwide on eight Saturdays each year. Most students take a Standard test.
If a student takes a test on a date other than a Standard date, it is considered a Flex test. Within a testing year (August 1 - July 31), a student may take as many Standard tests as desired; the Flex test may be taken only once.
Flex tests may be given by educational consultants or member schools.
With licensed SSAT Flex Test Center in Greenwich/Riverside (Center #0335), Greenwich Education Group is available to administer an SSAT Flex Test by appointment. This exam can be administered seven days a week throughout the year (except on national test days).
To schedule a date and time for your child to take the test, please call the Greenwich office at 203.661.1609 before registering your child at www.ssat.org/flex.
For the SSAT, we recommend the official SSAT guide.
SSAT Flex Test Registration
To schedule an SSAT Flex Test date and time for your child through Greenwich Education Group, please call us at 203.661.1609 prior to registering with SSAT.
STEP 1. Begin a new registration. Go to www.SSAT.org/flex, which will take you through the sign-up process step-by-step. If you encounter any difficulties throughout the process, please call our office.
STEP 2. Identify your school codes. During the registration process, you can enter the codes of the schools to which you would like the scores sent. This step is optional. Please include Greenwich Education Group as a recipient. Our Test Center Code is 0335.
STEP 3. Most scores are released by the SSAT in two weeks or less. For an additional fee you may choose to request expedited test results.
Children who normally receive special accommodations in a school setting may be granted accommodations for the SSAT. Under "Special Accommodations" on the SSAT website, choose the accommodations option which most closely reflects your child's needs.
When you complete the registration process, you'll need to complete and fax the Special Accommodations Application form to SSAT. The form and your request will be reviewed for approval of the accommodations.
Please allow at least two weeks for SSAT to consider your request. We can only support testing accommodation approved by the SSAT Board.
Additional SSAT Flex Test Information
- The use of a calculator is prohibited during the test. Therefore, we strongly encourage students to practice without using a calculator.
- Cell phone are prohibited.
- The SSAT Flex Test can be administered on any day except a national test date.
- Students should remember basic formulas and terms (such as area, perimeter, circumference, radius, diameter, etc.).
- The Upper Level (grades 8-11) math part of the test includes algebra, geometry, fractions, data analysis, and word problems. The Middle Level (grades 5-7) math part of the test includes algebraic concepts, geometry, fractions and decimals, data analysis, and word problems.
- The verbal part of the test includes synonyms, analogies, a reading comprehension section, and a writing sample. The writing sample is a response to a statement and will not influence the overall score. However, the writing sample will be read and evaluated by the admission officers at the schools to which you submit the scores.
- When scores are calculated, students are compared only to all other students in the same grade and of the same gender who have taken the SSAT over the past three years.
- Your child doesn't need to bring anything on the day of testing. Everything he or she will need (pencils, paper, water, and snacks) will be provided by Greenwich Education Group. Students are welcome to bring their own snacks to be eaten during breaks.
- The test will take approximately three hours.
Other standardized tests
There are a variety of standardized tests other than the ISEE and SSAT that may be required for admission to certain independent schools. Our standardized test prep services include preparation for the HSPT, CTP IV, TACHS, COOPs, and many others.