ISEE Prep Middle Level
ISEE Prep Middle Level by Young Scholars Circle
ISEE Types of Questions
The first four sections are composed of multiple-choice questions. The fifth section, the essay, is not scored but requires the student to respond to a preselected writing prompt.
The first four sections are composed of multiple-choice questions. The fifth section, the essay, is not scored but requires the student to respond in handwriting to a preselected writing prompt.
The first two sections, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning, measure the applicant’s reasoning ability.
- Sentence Completion
The Middle-Level Verbal Reasoning section consists of vocabulary and sentence completion. Each vocabulary item consists of an abstract, grade-level appropriate word followed by four possible answer choices. Each sentence completion item consists of a sentence with one missing word followed by four potential answer choices. A student must select the word that most appropriately completes the context of the sentence.
- Word Problems
- Quantitative Comparisons
At the Middle Level, the Quantitative Reasoning section consists of word problems and quantitative comparisons. The word problems differ somewhat from traditional mathematics achievement items in that some require either no or simple calculation. The quantitative comparison items present two quantities, (A) and (B), and ask the student to select one of the following four answer choices: (A) The quantity in Column A is greater. (B) The quantity in Column B is greater. (C) The two quantities are equal. (D) The relationship cannot be determined from the information given.
The next two sections, Reading Comprehension and Mathematics Achievement, measure the applicant’s ability to correctly answer curriculum-based concepts appropriate at that grade level according to curriculum standards adopted by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).
To determine a student’s reading comprehension skills, in the Reading Comprehension section, the student is asked to read a passage and answer items specific to that passage. The six passages in this section are age-appropriate and length-appropriate. Each passage is specially written to contain contemporary information and to be of high interest to students in the middle grades. The passages cover various subjects, including arts, contemporary life, history, and science.
Mathematics Achievement items conform to national mathematics standards and ask the student to identify the problem and find a solution to the problem. The items require one or more steps in calculating the answer.
The Essay is written by the student in response to a writing “prompt” or topic that is grade-level
appropriate. The prompts rotate throughout the testing season. They are designed to prompt students to write an informed essay on a particular topic. As is true of the passages in the Reading Comprehension section, these prompts have been written for a contemporary feel and a high level of interest to current students. Each prompt is free of bias, global in scope, and representative of various subjects. Each prompt is one or two sentences long and asks students to respond to the situation described. Prompts may relate to the student, the student’s community, or the world.
The ERB does not score the written essay. They send a copy of the essay to the school(s) designated in the ISEE registration along with the scores for the rest of the test. They do not send a copy of the essay to the parents.