The Anatomy of the ISEE

The ISEE is a standardized test administered over a three-hour period. The test consists of four multiple choice sections and one essay section. The essay is not included in your test score, but a copy is sent to the schools you request to receive your scores. While the test structure is fairly similar across the three test levels, the types of questions used on the upper levels are more challenging than those used for the lower levels.

ISEE Lower Level Exam


Section Number of Questions Section Length
Verbal Reasoning 34 questions 20 minutes
Quantitative Reasoning 38 questions 35 minutes
Reading Comprehension 25 questions 25 minutes
Math Achievement 30 questions 30 minutes
Essay 1 prompt (unscored) 30 minutes
2 hours and 20 minutes

ISEE Middle Level Exam


Section Number of Questions Section Length
Verbal Reasoning 40 questions 20 minutes
Quantitative Reasoning 37 questions 35 minutes
Reading Comprehension 36 questions 35 minutes
Math Achievement 47 questions 40 minutes
Essay 1 prompt (unscored) 30 minutes
2 hours and 40 minutes

ISEE Upper Level Exam


Section Number of Questions Section Length
Verbal Reasoning 40 questions 20 minutes
Quantitative Reasoning 37 questions 35 minutes
Reading Comprehension 36 questions 35 minutes
Math Achievement 47 questions 40 minutes
Essay 1 prompt (unscored) 30 minutes
2 hours and 40 minutes

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