The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) is attempted by thousands of pupils each year hoping to gain entry to an independent school. The test scores the child achieves will be a key factor on whether they are admitted. So what can be done to prepare your child for this exam?
The exam is made up of 5 sections: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, reading comprehension, mathematics achievement and an essay. The exam will take about 2 hours with time for 2 breaks. The essay section on its own will take about 30 minutes.
In the verbal reasoning section your child will be expect to select the correct ending for the sentence. They will also be asked to select the correct synonym (words that have the same meaning) for the word in the question.
In the reading comprehension section there will be 5 to 6 passages varying in topics. There will be questions asked about each of the passages. To prepare for this section make sure your child is able to handle a variety of different reading material – fiction, non-fiction and newspaper articles for example.
In the mathematics achievement section problem solving and mathematical knowledge will be tested. In the upper level geometry and algebra will also be examined. No calculators are allowed in the exam so your child’s mental arithmetic must be good.
I highly recommend that your purchase practice questions. You can find them in both books and websites. Not only will allow your child to see the type of questions asked in the exam but they will also become familiar with the format of the exam. Therefore they know what to expect on the day of the exam.