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The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) is an admission test that has three levels: A Lower Level, Middle Level, and Upper Level. The Lower Level is for students currently in grades 4 and 5 who are candidates for admission to grades 5 and 6. The Middle Level is for students in grades 5 and 6 who are candidates for grades 7 and 8. The Upper Level is for students in grades 8 through 11 who are candidates for grades 9 through 12. The ISEE has different forms at each level for security purposes.

At all levels, the ISEE consists of three parts:
(a) carefully constructed and standardized verbal and quantitative reasoning tests that measure a student's capability for learning;
(b) reading comprehension and mathematics achievement tests that provide specific information about a student's strengths and weakness in those areas; and
(c) an essay section. The ISEE essay is timed and written in response to a prompt. The essay is not scored; it is photocopied and sent only to the schools you requested.