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WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE ISEE

A PREPARATION BOOK FOR STUDENTS AND
THEIR PARENTS

Lower Level
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Dear Student,

You are probably going to be taking the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) sometime soon, and
we hope that this book will help you in preparing for this experience.

This book is intended to help you become familiar with the ISEE. The questions that you will see in the
“Sample Test Questions” and the “Practice Test” sections are not the same questions that you will find
on the real test, but they are similar to those questions and have been written by the same people who
wrote the actual ISEE. You will also have a chance to become familiar with the exact directions on the
test. Even the answer sheets we have included are the same!

Please be sure to read the test directions on page 69 and the explanation of your score report on
pages 119–125, since the ISEE may be different from other tests you have taken in the past.

We hope that after spending some time with this book, you will know more about what to expect on
your test day and feel comfortable with the types of questions, the directions, and the answer sheet on
the ISEE. We wish you and your family the best of luck as you embark on this exciting educational
adventure.

With warm regards,

The ISEE Staff

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Table of Contents
Introduction to the ISEE 9
Background Information........................................................................................................................10
What Is the ISEE?..............................................................................................................................10
How Does a Student Arrange to Take the ISEE? ..............................................................................10
What Types of Questions Are on the ISEE?......................................................................................11
Information for Students........................................................................................................................13
Why Is the ISEE Required? ...............................................................................................................13
What Happens to My Scores?............................................................................................................13
How Will This Book Help Me? .........................................................................................................13
Information for Adults ...........................................................................................................................14
How This Book Can Help Your Student Prepare for the ISEE.........................................................14
How You Can Help Your Student Prepare for the ISEE...................................................................14
Reminders for Your Student ..............................................................................................................14
Frequently Asked Questions ..............................................................................................................15
Sample Test Questions and Essay 21
Verbal Reasoning...................................................................................................................................22
Synonyms...........................................................................................................................................23
Sentence Completion .........................................................................................................................25
Quantitative Reasoning..........................................................................................................................27
Numbers and Operations....................................................................................................................28
Algebraic Concepts............................................................................................................................31
Geometry............................................................................................................................................33
Measurement......................................................................................................................................35
Data Analysis and Probability ...........................................................................................................37
Reading Comprehension........................................................................................................................39
Mathematics Achievement ....................................................................................................................43
Numbers and Operations: Whole Numbers .......................................................................................45
Numbers and Operations: Decimals, Percents, Fractions..................................................................47
Algebraic Concepts............................................................................................................................49
Geometry............................................................................................................................................51
Measurement......................................................................................................................................53
Data Analysis and Probability ...........................................................................................................55
Writing the Essay...................................................................................................................................57
Tips for Writing the Essay .................................................................................................................58
Sample Essay Topics .........................................................................................................................59
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Practice Test 67
Using the Practice Test ..........................................................................................................................68
Test Directions.......................................................................................................................................69
Verbal Reasoning Practice Test .............................................................................................................70
Quantitative Reasoning Practice Test ....................................................................................................76
Reading Comprehension Practice Test ..................................................................................................86
Mathematics Achievement Practice Test...............................................................................................96
Essay Practice Test ..............................................................................................................................104
Scoring the Practice Test 107
Step-by-Step Directions.......................................................................................................................108
Finding Your Raw Score .................................................................................................................108
Finding Your Scaled Score ..............................................................................................................109
Finding Your Quartile Score............................................................................................................109
Reviewing Your Essay.....................................................................................................................109
ISEE Practice Test Answer Keys.........................................................................................................111
Verbal Reasoning Answer Key........................................................................................................111
Quantitative Reasoning Answer Key...............................................................................................112
Reading Comprehension Answer Key.............................................................................................113
Mathematics Achievement Answer Key..........................................................................................114
Practice Test Conversion Tables and Percentiles (Quartiles)..............................................................115
Verbal Reasoning Conversion Table ...............................................................................................115
Quantitative Reasoning Conversion Table ......................................................................................116
Reading Comprehension Conversion Table ....................................................................................117
Mathematics Achievement Conversion Table .................................................................................118
Understanding the Individual Student Report (ISR) 119
Sample Individual Student Report (ISR) .............................................................................................120
Test Profile (ISR).................................................................................................................................121
Scaled Scores ...................................................................................................................................122
Percentile Rank ................................................................................................................................122
Stanine..............................................................................................................................................122
Stanine Analysis...............................................................................................................................123
Analysis ...............................................................................................................................................123
Verbal Reasoning.............................................................................................................................124
Quantitative Reasoning....................................................................................................................124
Reading Comprehension..................................................................................................................124
Mathematics Achievement...............................................................................................................125
Conclusion ...........................................................................................................................................125
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Appendices 126
Appendix A: ISEE Content and Specifications ...................................................................................127
Verbal Reasoning.............................................................................................................................127
Quantitative Reasoning....................................................................................................................128
Reading Comprehension..................................................................................................................129
Mathematics Achievement...............................................................................................................130
Essay ................................................................................................................................................131
Appendix B: Answer Sheet..................................................................................................................132
Index 137



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INTRODUCTION
TO THE

LOWER LEVEL
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Background Information

What Is the ISEE?

The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) is an admission test developed by the Educational
Records Bureau (ERB) for its member schools as part of their admission process. The ISEE was created
by Measurement Incorporated, Durham, NC, and ERB, with assistance from faculty of ERB member
schools.

The current edition has been updated to include educational assessment best practices and to align with
national standards in English and mathematics as articulated in standards adopted by the National
Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).
Nearly two-thirds of the questions on the ISEE were developed by ERB-member faculty and
administrators from a cross section of independent schools across the United States under the direction
of test development specialists at Measurement Incorporated.

The ISEE is the admission test of choice for many independent schools throughout the country and
abroad. Test sites are available in numerous cities during the admission testing season. The ISEE
consists of five sections at three levels designed to measure the verbal and quantitative reasoning and
achievement of students in grades 4–11 seeking admission to grades 5–12 in independent schools.
Students seeking admission to grades 5 or 6 take the Lower Level; students seeking admission to
grades 7 or 8 take the Middle Level; and students seeking admission to grades 9–12 take the
Upper Level.

It is important to note that the ISEE may not be taken for practice; it may be taken only for the purpose
of providing scores to participating schools as part of the admission process. An applicant may take the
ISEE only once per admission season or six month window.

The five sections that make up the ISEE are (in order of testing): Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative
Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Mathematics Achievement, and an Essay which is written by
the student in response to a given writing prompt. Each section is designed to tap into a unique aspect of
a student’s preparation for academic work.

The first four sections consist entirely of multiple-choice questions. Results are reported in percentile
ranks; that is, each student’s performance is measured against a norm group made up of students
applying to independent schools in the same grade who have tested over the past three years. The essay
is not scored but sent directly to the school(s) to which the student has applied, along with the score
report. More will be said about how the test is scored on pages 18–20.

How Does a Student Arrange to Take the ISEE?

Students may take the ISEE in one of the following ways:

1. The ISEE is given by consortia of schools in cities throughout the United States where schools
have joined together and have chosen to use a common entrance test program.

2. The ISEE is given at individual school test sites at a wide variety of schools throughout the
country and abroad and on a number of test dates.
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3. The ISEE is given at the ERB office in New York and at offices in other parts of the country and
abroad.

4. Arrangements for testing with accommodations and for administrations in remote locations may
be made with the ISEE Executive Director. For more information, contact:

Educational Records Bureau
220 E. 42nd Street, Suite 100
New York, NY 10017
800-989-3721, ext. 9812
www.erblearn.org

Complete registration information may be found in the ISEE Student Guide, which is updated each year
and is available from the independent schools who administer the test. For online registration
information, visit www.erblearn.org.

What Types of Questions Are on the ISEE?

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 two sections, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning, measure the applicant’s
reasoning ability.

- The Verbal Reasoning test consists of two types of items: vocabulary and sentence completion.

Each vocabulary item consists of an abstract, grade-level appropriate word followed by four
potential answer choices. Each sentence completion item consists of a sentence with one word or
phrase missing followed by four potential answer choices. A student must select the word or
phrase that most appropriately completes the context of the sentence.

- At the Lower Level, the Quantitative Reasoning test consists of word problems.

The word problems differ somewhat from traditional mathematics achievement items in that
some of them require either no calculation or simple calculation.

The next two sections, Reading Comprehension and Mathematics Achievement, measure the
applicant’s ability to correctly answer curriculum-based concepts that are appropriate at that grade level
according to curriculum standards adopted by the National Council of Teachers of English and the
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

- In order to determine a student’s reading comprehension skills, in the Reading Comprehension
section, the student is asked to read a passage and then answer items specific to that passage.

The five passages in this section are age-appropriate and length-appropriate. Each passage is
especially written to contain contemporary information and to be of high interest to students in
upper elementary grades. The passages cover a variety of subject areas including arts,
contemporary life, history, and science.
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- Mathematics Achievement items conform to national mathematics standards and ask the
student to identify the problem and find a solution to a 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 a student 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 a wide variety of subjects.
Each one is one or two sentences long and asks students to respond to the situation described. Prompts
may relate to the student, to the student’s community, or to the world in general.

ERB does not score the written essay. They send a copy of the essay to the school(s) designated on the
ISEE registration form along with the scores on the rest of the test. They do not send a copy of the essay
to the parents.
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Information for Students

Why Is the ISEE Required?

The school you are applying to has requested ISEE scores as part of the overall admissions process. By
requiring an admission test for all students entering the same grade, the school can view one common
item of all applicants. The school looks at many items in conjunction with the ISEE scores, including
your application, your current school records, and possibly an interview. All components of the
admission process, including the ISEE scores, help the school, you, and your family determine the best
school match for you.

What Happens to My Scores?

After you take the ISEE and your answer sheet is scored, ERB will send copies of the scores and the
essay you wrote to the schools that you have chosen, within seven to ten business days. They will send a
copy of your test scores (but not a copy of the essay) to your family.

Reminder: The ISEE may be taken only when making a formal application to a school(s). You may take
the ISEE only once per admission season, and you may not take the ISEE for practice.

How Will This Book Help Me?

Unlike other ISEE test preparation materials, this book was written by the same people who developed
the ISEE. The sample questions and practice test questions in this book include actual questions from
previous versions of the ISEE. Use this book to

- see what the ISEE looks like and how it is structured;
- read sample questions and answers with an explanation of each correct answer choice;
- read the exact directions that you will be given when you take the ISEE;
- take a practice test that has questions like those on the real ISEE; and
- use an answer sheet like the one you will use when you take the ISEE.

We hope that working through this book will make you feel even more confident and prepared when
you take the ISEE because you will know what to expect.
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Information for Adults

How This Book Can Help Your Student Prepare for the ISEE

The information in this book offers your student an opportunity to become familiar with all aspects of
the ISEE. It is particularly helpful because the sample questions and practice test questions were either
chosen from previous editions of the ISEE or were written by ERB-member school faculty and
administrators and by experts in test development. Using this book will allow your student to

- read and answer sample questions, check for the correct answers, and then read the explanations
for why the answers are correct;
- take a practice test that contains questions similar to those on the actual ISEE, see a sample
answer sheet that is like the answer sheet on the real test, and read the actual directions he or she
will receive on the day of the test; and
- score the practice test and compare that score with those of other students who took the actual
ISEE.

How You Can Help Your Student Prepare for the ISEE

There are specific ways you may help prepare your student, not only for the ISEE, but for other
standardized tests as well.

- Show confidence in your student’s ability to do well on the ISEE.
- Remind your student that the ISEE is just one piece of information a school will use in its
admission process.
- Mark the test date on your calendar so that both you and your student are aware of the date.
- Make sure that your student gets a good night’s sleep before the test.
- Make sure that your student eats a healthy breakfast before the test.
- Encourage your student to read as part of his or her daily routine. By reading new materials, your
student will be exposed to new concepts and vocabulary.

Reminders for Your Student

Remind your student to employ the following helpful strategies when answering multiple-choice
questions.

- Read the entire question before attempting to answer it.
- Try to answer the question without looking at the choices. Then, look at the choices to see if your
answer is the same as, or close to, one of the choices. Wherever possible, answer choices on this
test are arranged alphabetically, numerically, or by length of the answer to help the student locate
the correct answer more quickly.
- Next, eliminate answers you know are not correct.
- Finally, choose the correct answer. If necessary, make an educated guess from the remaining
choices, since there is no penalty for incorrect responses.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Which level of the ISEE does my student take?

A: There are three levels of the ISEE.

- Students currently in grades 4 and 5 (applicants to grades 5 or 6) take the Lower Level.
- Students currently in grades 6 and 7 (applicants to grades 7 or 8) take the Middle Level.
- Students currently in grades 8 and above (applicants to grades 9–12) take the
Upper Level.

Q: Are there multiple versions of the ISEE?

A: At each of the three levels, there are several different, but equivalent, forms. The specific
forms to be used each year will be determined in advance by ERB. These forms are randomly
assigned to the students and are statistically equivalent, regardless of which form was
actually taken by the student.

Q: How is the ISEE structured?

A: Each level and each form of the ISEE has five sections. The sections are administered in the
following order:

- Verbal Reasoning
- Quantitative Reasoning
- Reading Comprehension
- Mathematics Achievement
- Essay

The sections and the essay are explained more fully in the next part of this book.

Q: What can my student expect at the test site on the day of the test?

A: Students will present their verification letter or identification to be checked in upon arrival.
So that your child may concentrate on doing his or her best on the ISEE, schools do not
conduct admission activities or highlight their schools on the day of testing. We know that
testing may be stressful for some students; therefore, the test administrators are teachers or
other school personnel who teach or interact with children on a daily basis. Although test
administrators may not discuss test questions during the test, they give clear test directions,
and your child is encouraged to ask for clarification, if necessary, before beginning each
section of the test.
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Q: What types of questions are on the ISEE?

A: The Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, and Math
Achievement sections contain only multiple-choice questions. Each question has four
choices. Only one answer is the correct or “best” answer. The Essay section requires the
student to write an essay in response to a prompt. There are over one hundred writing
prompts (topics) that have been developed for each level of the ISEE. A different topic is
selected by ERB for each test administration throughout the year.

Q: How much time will be allotted for each section of the actual Lower Level ISEE?

A:
TIME ALLOTTED FOR EACH SECTION
ON THE ACTUAL LOWER LEVEL ISEE
Section
Number of
Questions
Time
Allotted
(in minutes)
Verbal Reasoning 34 20
Quantitative Reasoning 38 35
Reading Comprehension 25 25
Mathematics Achievement 30 30
Essay 30
Total Time 140

Each section of the ISEE (excluding the essay) contains several questions that will not be
scored but may be used on future editions of the ISEE.

Q: Are there any scheduled breaks during the test?

A: There are two breaks—one following the Quantitative Reasoning section and another
following the Math Achievement section. Each break is five minutes long.

Q: I am confused by these acronyms: ERB, ISEE, CTP. Didn’t my student take one of
these already this year?

A: The Educational Records Bureau (ERB) oversees both the Independent School Entrance
Exam (ISEE) and the Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP). The ISEE is a test designed to
help admission directors at selected public and independent schools decide who will be
accepted for admission to their schools, while the CTP is a battery of tests designed to collect
information about student achievement for students currently enrolled in grades 1–10.


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Both the ISEE and the CTP test student abilities in Verbal Reasoning, Reading
Comprehension, Quantitative Reasoning, and Mathematics. They also contain similar types
of items. Therefore, it is quite possible that your student may be somewhat familiar with the
types of questions on the ISEE if he or she has previously taken the CTP. However, it is
important to note that there is no repeat of specific items between the two tests. The ISEE is
unique in that it is used for admission purposes only and its norms are based only on
applicants to independent schools.

Q: Are there other books or programs that might help my student improve on the ISEE?

A: This is the only book approved by ERB. It was written in conjunction with the test developer,
Measurement Incorporated. This book contains current and accurate information.

Since this book was written by the developer of the actual test, the sample questions and
practice test questions were chosen to accurately reflect the format and the kinds of content
your student will see on the actual ISEE. You may see programs or materials advertised that
claim to help; however, none of them are approved by ERB, nor can they claim the intimate
knowledge of the actual test questions used on this edition.

Q: What materials does my student need to bring to the actual ISEE?

A: Students should bring four #2 pencils and two pens with either blue or black ink. Students
may choose to use erasable ink.

Q: Are there materials that my student is prohibited from using during the ISEE?

A: Most materials other than writing implements are prohibited. Specifically, scrap paper,
calculators, calculator watches, rulers, protractors, compasses, dictionaries, and
thesauruses are NOT permitted during the actual test.

Cell phones and other electronic devices (iPods, MP3s, beepers, etc.) are not permitted
at the test site and must not be brought into the testing room. If a student uses any of these
items during the exam, his or her exam will be invalidated, and the student may not retest for
another six months. Since students are not permitted to use these devices on the actual test, it
is recommended that they avoid using them when they answer the sample test questions or
take the practice test. A certain number of these restrictions may be waived for students who
receive testing accommodations due to documented disabilities.

Q: Are testing accommodations made if my student requires them?

A: Accommodations may be made for students with documented learning differences or
physical challenges. Accommodation use in school and supporting documentation of the
disability are required. For more information and the “Testing with Accommodation”
brochure, visit the ERB Web site at http://www.erblearn.org/pages/Non_Stand_ISEE.html.
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Q: Will my student be penalized for a wrong answer? Is it appropriate to guess?

A: Scores are based on the number of correct answers. If the student can eliminate at least one of
the choices, he or she should make an educated guess from the choices that remain. A wrong
answer and an omitted answer count the same. However, it is better to move ahead to the
next item and return to the puzzling one later. No student is expected to answer all questions
correctly.

Q: How is my student compared to other students taking the ISEE?

A: Your student is compared only to other independent school applicants who tested for the
same grade during the past three years. Your student is not compared to students applying to
a different grade who are taking the same level of the test. The percentile ranking on the
score report shows how your student scored in comparison to the other students applying to
the same grade. The group of students who take the ISEE—the ISEE norming population—is
a very select group of students who are applying to competitive schools. Therefore, ISEE
percentile ranks are generally lower—anywhere from 10 to 40 percentile points lower—than
those on other tests that use national norms. The schools that use the ISEE are familiar with
ISEE scores and the group of students taking the ISEE. You may wish to check with the
school(s) to which you are applying to learn the range of ISEE scores expected for applicants
to their school(s).

Q: How soon will I receive my student’s scores?

A: Your student will receive his or her scores on an Individual Student Report by mail in
approximately seven to ten business days after the exam.

Q: What is the raw score?

A: A raw score represents the number correct. If a student got 23 items correct—say on a test of
40 questions—then the raw score is simply 23.

Q: What does the scaled score mean?

A: A scaled score is a raw score that has been converted to a different numerical scale, e.g.,
200–800. The raw score scale ranges from 0–maximum score, while the scaled score range
consists of higher numbers with a somewhat arbitrary minimum and maximum score. The
range of scaled scores on the ISEE is 760–940.

Q: To whom is my student being compared on his or her score report?

A: As stated previously, your student is compared only to other independent school applicants
who have applied to the same grade during the past three years. There is no comparison
specifically to other students who took the test at the same test site or to other applicants who
tested on the same day.
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Q: What is a “good” percentile score?

A: The notion of “good” is relative and may only be defined by the specific school. Please check
with them for more information on how each plans to use the scores from the ISEE in their
admission process.

Q: What is a stanine ?

A: A stanine score is simply another scale and is based on percentile ranks. Percentile ranks
range from 1–99, while stanines range from 1–9. In general, a stanine score of 1–3 is below
average, 4–6 is average, and 7–9 is above average.

Percentile
Rank
Stanine
1–3 1
4 –10 2
11–22 3
23–39 4
40–59 5
60–76 6
77–88 7
89–95 8
96–99 9

Q: Are my student’s scores good?

A: Each school uses the scores on the ISEE as part of the total application process and according
to its own criteria. Thus, there is no way to determine a “good” or “bad” score. Each school
will use several pieces of information about your student as it evaluates his or her
application. These may include the student’s academic record (report card, transcript, etc.),
teacher recommendation(s), notes from a personal interview, and extracurricular activities
and interests.

Q: How will I know if my student passed or failed?

A: Students do not pass or fail the ISEE. There is no cutoff point that determines pass/fail
status or divides students into these two groups. There is no cutoff (or pass/fail) score
recommended by ERB.

Q What are the schools looking for?

A: Each independent school determines who is admitted based on a variety of criteria. Each
school usually has a range of scores that, from experience, indicates if an applicant is likely
to be a good fit at the school. Check with the schools to which your student is applying for
more information. Remember, there are many pieces of information used in selecting
applicants, and your student’s score on the ISEE is only one of these.
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Q: How does the ISEE compare with other tests?

A: Each standardized test has its own characteristics. There is no available formal comparison
between the ISEE and other national tests such as the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, the
Stanford 9, or other similar testing instruments.

Q: How is the essay scored?

A: The essay is not scored. However, a copy is sent to the school(s) to which a student sends
score reports as indicted on the registration. Evaluation is based on each individual school’s
criteria.




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SAMPLE TEST
QUESTIONS AND ESSAY

LOWER LEVEL
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Verbal Reasoning
(Section 1)


The ISEE has a Verbal Reasoning section that is composed of two different kinds of questions:
synonyms and sentence completions. Both kinds of questions test your vocabulary and reasoning ability.

Synonym questions focus on word recognition, since the correct answer choices are those that have the
same meaning or are closest in meaning to the word in the question. Synonyms also test your ability to
reason, because you must choose the word that is closest in meaning to the word in the question from
among four answer choices.

Strategy: Since the answer choices are listed in alphabetical order, think of a word that first comes to
mind when you read the synonym and then look for it (or a word like it) in the list.

Sentence completion questions measure your ability to understand words and their function. Correct
answers are based on clues that appear in the context of the sentence. In the Lower Level ISEE, the
sentence completion answer choices are words or short phrases that logically complete a sentence.

Strategies:
- Read each sentence to get the overall meaning.
- Focus on key words or clue words in the question to help you determine the correct answer.
- Mentally fill in the blank with your own answer and then find the answer choice that is closest in
meaning to your own answer.
- Remember that there is almost always a word or phrase that obviously points to the correct
answer.
- Use word clues such as although, because, if, since, or therefore to help you figure out the
relationships in the sentence.
- After you choose your answer, go back and reread the whole sentence to be sure that it makes
sense.

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Synonyms



Sample Questions

Directions: Answer the following sample questions by selecting the word that is most nearly the same in
meaning as the word in capital letters. Darken the circle for your answer choice in the sample answer
sheet at the bottom of the page. After you finish answering the questions, turn to the next page and
evaluate your answers.


1. TASK

(A) chore
(B) debt
(C) dream
(D) fight

2. HARDSHIP

(A) anger
(B) difficulty
(C) disrespect
(D) selfishness

3. PERPLEXED

(A) alarmed
(B) disgraced
(C) embarrassed
(D) puzzled





Students should be able to
- recognize many of the vocabulary words found on elementary and middle school
graded word lists; and
- select the word from the answer choices that is closest in meaning to the word in
question.
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Answers to Sample Questions

1. TASK

You are to select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word “task.” “Task” is a noun
that means a definite piece of work, an assignment, or a duty. Debt is not a task, and the other two
answer choices (dream and fight) reflect choices of how you might spend your time. Answer choice
(A), chore, is the only choice that is related to completing a duty, assignment, or piece of work and
is therefore the correct answer, since it is the only choice that is a synonym for “task.”

2. HARDSHIP

“Hardship” is a noun that has several related meanings such as discomfort, distress, catastrophe, or
disaster. A hardship may cause suffering or require extra effort to achieve a goal (as in “The
earthquake victims suffered great hardship when they lost all their possessions.”). Choice (B),
difficulty, is the correct answer because it is the only answer choice that expresses one of these
meanings.

3. PERPLEXED

“Perplexed” means confused or filled with uncertainty (as in “Susan was perplexed when she could
not find her sweater where she thought she had left it.”). Choice (D), puzzled, is the correct answer.
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Sentence Completion




Sample Questions

Directions: Answer the following sample questions. Select the word or phrase that most correctly
completes the sentence. Darken the circle for your answer choice in the sample answer sheet at the
bottom of the page. After you finish answering the questions, turn to the next page and evaluate your
answers.

Note: To assist you in finding the right answer among the answer choices, one-word answers are listed
alphabetically, and phrases are ordered by length.


1. Because they may not have access to immediate medical attention, hikers in Arizona desert areas
must be careful to avoid scorpions, Gila monsters, rattlesnakes, and other ------- creatures.

(A) graceful
(B) hideous
(C) poisonous
(D) unusual

2. The best-selling author dedicated his new book to his wife to ------- the contribution she had made
to his success.

(A) acknowledge
(B) approximate
(C) donate
(D) fathom

3. Unlike Maria, who was always early to class, Kristen -------.

(A) often arrived after the tardy bell had rung
(B) sometimes brought her lunch in her backpack
(C) usually turned in her homework before it was due
(D) generally walked to school instead of riding the bus



Students should be able to
- use context clues to select the word or phrase that correctly completes the sentence.
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Answers to Sample Questions

1. Your task here is to use context clues to select a word that describes a list of animals. You are told
that hikers avoid these animals because medical help may be difficult to find in the desert. Since
being bitten by a poisonous animal may require one to seek medical attention, choice (C),
poisonous, is the correct response. The other answer choices do not logically complete the thought
expressed in the sentence.

2. This question asks you to select the word that best describes the reason the author dedicated his new
book to his wife. He wants her contribution to his success to be recognized; therefore, answer choice
(A), acknowledge, is the correct response.

3. Your task in this question is slightly different from your task in the previous questions. Instead of
looking for a single word, you are looking for a whole phrase that is the logical conclusion to the
information presented in the first part of the sentence. The word “unlike” suggests that Kristen’s
actions will be opposite those of Maria. If Maria is always early to class, then it logically follows
that Kristen is usually late. Therefore, choice (A), often arrived after the tardy bell had rung, is
the correct response.
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Quantitative Reasoning
(Section 2)


Quantitative Reasoning is one of two math sections on the ISEE. This section is designed to show how
your reasoning skills have developed. It tests your ability to use your understanding of mathematics to
develop your own opinions about how to solve math problems. It does not test the amount of math you
have learned, but how well you think mathematically. Quantitative Reasoning problems require little or
no calculations; the emphasis is on your ability to reason mathematically. You may be asked to
- estimate numerical values;
- employ logic to determine what a particular problem is about;
- compare and contrast quantities;
- analyze and interpret data;
- analyze, compare, predict, draw conclusions, and summarize graphs;
- use reason to calculate the probability of events;
- understand concepts and applications of measurements; and
- know how to arrive at statistical solutions to problems that are given.

All questions found in the two math sections of the ISEE are linked to the National Council of Teachers
of Mathematics (NCTM) Standards. The ISEE uses the following NCTM strands as a basis for the
Quantitative Reasoning section:
- Numbers and Operations
- Algebra
- Geometry
- Measurement
- Data Analysis and Probability
- Problem Solving

In the Quantitative Reasoning section of the Individual Student Report (ISR), these strands are NOT
identified. However, to help you best prepare for this section of the ISEE, the answers to the practice test
questions are identified by the NCTM standards. For more information on these strands, visit the NCTM
Web site at www.nctm.org.

Strategies:
- Read the question and determine exactly what you are being asked to find.
- Determine what information is relevant and what is irrelevant.
- Cross out the irrelevant information in your test booklet.
- Next, ask yourself, “What steps do I need to use to find the answer?” and “Can I do this by
estimating and not by actual calculations?”
- Make a best guess at the correct answer, then look to see if that answer is given.
Note: On the ISEE, all answer choices are listed in sequential order from greatest to least, or
least to greatest.
- Next, eliminate all answer choices that are not reasonable.
- Since there is no penalty for guessing, choose the answer that seems most reasonable.
Remember, there is only one correct answer for each question. The answer choices often represent
common mistakes or misconceptions, but they are not intended to trick you. You may write in the
test book.
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Numbers and Operations



Sample Questions

Directions: Answer the following sample questions. Select the answer that best illustrates numbers and
operations. Darken the circle for your answer choice in the sample answer sheet at the bottom of the
next page. After you finish answering the questions, turn the page and evaluate your answers.


1. Alyssa is ordering T-shirts for all the students in her school. She knows how many students are in
the school, and she knows how many shirts come in a box. How would she figure out how many
boxes (b) to order?

(A) b = the number of boxes × the number of shirts per box
(B) b = the number of boxes + the number of shirts per box
(C) b = the number of students ÷ the number of shirts per box
(D) b = the number of students – the number of shirts per box


2. Which diagram represents the distributive property?

(A)

(B)

(C)

(D)





Students should be able to

- understand numbers and ways of representing numbers; and
- use all four mathematical operations (add, subtract, multiply, divide) accurately.
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3. The table shows items that Julie bought at the grocery store. She bought at least one of each item
on the list.

GROCERY LIST

Item

Price for One
Total Cost for
Item
loaf of bread $1.25 $2.50
gallon of milk $4.75 $4.75
carton of eggs $1.50 $1.50
bag of cookies $2.50 ?


If Julie spent a total of $13.75, how much money did she spend just on cookies?

(A) $1.25
(B) $3.75
(C) $5.00
(D) $7.50


























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Answers to Sample Questions

Sample Question 1:

The correct answer to the question is answer choice (C), b = the number of students ÷ the number
of shirts per box.

One way the answer can be found is by recognizing that division takes the total (all students) and
divides it into smaller numbers (the number of shirts in a box and the number of boxes to order).


Sample Question 2:

The correct answer to the question is answer choice (D),

.

One way the answer can be found is by knowing that the distributive property confirms a
relationship between multiplication and addition. For example, the expression 1(2 + 3) is the same as
the expression (1 × 2) + (1 × 3). Even when using objects to represent numbers, the same can be true
of their relationship.


Sample Question 3:

The correct answer to the question is answer choice (C), $5.00.

One way the answer can be found is by

1. adding the total she spent on the other three items: ($2.50 + $4.75 + $1.50) = $8.75;

2. then determining how much Julie had left over to spend:
$13.75 – $8.75 = $5.00 left;

3. confirming that 2 bags of cookies equal $5.00: (2 × $2.50);

4. choosing answer (C), $5.00.
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Algebraic Concepts




Sample Questions

Directions: Answer the following sample questions. Select the answer that most clearly illustrates the
concepts asked for. Darken the circle for your answer choice in the sample answer sheet at the bottom of
the page. After you finish answering the questions, turn to the next page and evaluate your answers.


1. At the hardware store, Jim bought 2 boxes of nails that cost $6 each and a hammer. His total before
tax was $22. Which equation could be used to find the cost of the hammer (h)?

(A) 6 + h = $22
(B) 6 + 2h = $22
(C) 2(6) + h = $22
(D) 2(6) + 2h = $22


2. The total combined weight of a sphere, a pyramid, and a cube is 14 grams. If the sphere weighs the
same as 2 pyramids and the cube weighs the same as 4 pyramids, how many grams does a pyramid
weigh?

(A) 2 grams
(B) 4 grams
(C) 6 grams
(D) 8 grams













Students should be able to

- identify, extend, and find rules for patterns and relations.
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Answers to Sample Questions

Sample Question 1:

The correct answer to the question is answer choice (C), 2(6) + h = $22.

One way the answer can be found is by

1. recognizing the information given:
(2 boxes of nails at $6 each) + a hammer = $22;

2. rethinking information as a math sentence (or equation):
(2 × $6) + h = $22.


Sample Question 2:

The correct answer to the question is answer choice (A), 2 grams.

One way the answer can be found is by

1. recognizing the information given:
1 sphere + 1 pyramid + 1 cube = 14 grams
(2 pyramids) + 1 pyramid + (4 pyramids) = 14 grams;

2. adding all the pyramids together: 7 pyramids = 14 grams;

3. finding how much 1 pyramid weighs: 1 pyramid = 14 ÷ 7 = 2 grams.
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Geometry




Sample Questions

Directions: Answer the following sample questions. Select the answer that most clearly illustrates the
relationships among the dimensional figures. Darken the circle for your answer choice in the sample
answer sheet at the bottom of the page. After you finish answering the questions, turn to the next page
and evaluate your answers.


1. In which pair of letters do both letters have an equal number of lines of symmetry?

(A)

(B)

(C)

(D)


2. The points with coordinates (1, 1) (1, 5) (5, 5) (5, 1) are the vertices of a quadrilateral. If all four
points are connected to form a quadrilateral, which term best describes the quadrilateral formed?

(A) kite
(B) pentagon
(C) square
(D) trapezoid










Students should be able to

- identify, determine characteristics of, and describe geometric objects.
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Answers to Sample Questions

Sample Question 1:

The correct answer to the question is answer choice (D), .

One way the answer can be found is by

1. knowing that symmetry means that a figure can be folded in half so that the two halves match
(the fold line being the line of symmetry); and

2. recognizing how many fold lines, or lines of symmetry, each letter has.

- Letters E and C both have one line of symmetry (a horizontal fold line across the center
of the letter).
- Letter Z has zero, and H has two lines of symmetry.
- Letter N has zero, and A has one line of symmetry.
- Letter O has an infinite number of lines, and K only has one line of symmetry.

Sample Question 2:

The correct answer to the question is answer choice (C), square.

One way the answer can be found is by

1. recognizing that the coordinates of the four points given all begin and end with 1 or 5, a clue
that the figure is a square; and

2. plotting the points on a coordinate grid, which will indicate a square is likely;

OR

noticing that the ordered pairs show that the distance between each pair is 4 units. You can
see that the figure has four equal sides and four equal angles. The only figure that has these
characteristics is a square.
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Measurement




Sample Question

Directions: Answer the following sample question. Select the answer that best illustrates measurement
rules. Darken the circle for your answer choice in the sample answer sheet at the bottom of the page.
After you finish answering the question, turn to the next page and evaluate your answer.


1. Figure 1 is a 5-inch square. Four 2-inch squares are removed from each of the four corners of
Figure 1.



What is the area of the remainder of Figure 1, as shown in Figure 2?

(A) 6 in.
2

(B) 9 in.
2

(C) 21 in.
2

(D) 25 in.
2










Students should be able to

- understand and determine measurable attributes of objects.
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Answer to Sample Question

The correct answer to the question is answer choice (B), 9 in.
2
.

One way the answer can be found is by

1. understanding that the task is to determine the area of a 5 × 5-inch square after four corners are
removed;

2. finding the area of the whole 5 × 5-inch square by using A = l × w; 5 × 5 = 25 in.
2
;

3. finding the area of one 2 × 2 corner by using A = l × w; 2 × 2 = 4 in.
2
;

4. finding the area of all four corners: 4 corners × 4 in.
2
= 16 in.
2
; and

5. finding the area of the 5 × 5-inch square after the four 2 × 2 corners are removed:
25 in.
2
– 16 in.
2
= 9 in.
2
.
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Data Analysis and Probability




Sample Questions

Directions: Answer the following sample questions. Select the answer that best illustrates the use of data
analysis and probability. Darken the circle for your answer choice in the sample answer sheet at the
bottom of the page. After you finish answering the questions, turn to the next page and evaluate your
answers.

1. Mrs. Brown’s box of 24 assorted markers contains 2 red, 3 blue, 4 green, 6 yellow, 4 pink,
and 5 purple markers. If she randomly selects a marker without looking, which color has a
1 out of 8 chance of being selected?

(A) red
(B) blue
(C) pink
(D) yellow

2. Stephen’s class spent time at the City Zoo collecting data about animals and their habitats. The
students had to list, in categories or groups, what they observed.










Which information completes Stephen’s observation list?

(A) ages of animals at the zoo
(B) number of animals at the zoo
(C) food that the animals at the zoo eat
(D) dimensions of the animal cages at the zoo



Students should be able to

- collect, display, interpret, and make predictions about a set of data;
- find the probability of a simple event.
STEPHEN’S OBSERVATION LIST

1. kinds of animals at the zoo: lions, monkeys, snakes,
pandas, alligators
2. ?
3. colors of the animals at the zoo: yellow, brown, red and
brown, black and white, green
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Answers to Sample Items

Sample Question 1:

The correct answer to the question is answer choice (B), blue.

One way the answer can be found is by

1. finding the probability of each marker:

red – 2 out of 24;
blue – 3 out of 24;
green – 4 out of 24;
yellow – 6 out of 24;
pink – 4 out of 24;
purple – 5 out of 24;

2. changing the probabilities to their simplest form until you find a match:

red – 2 out of 24 = 1 out of 12;
blue – 3 out of 24 = 1 out of 8 (correct answer);
green – 4 out of 24 = 1 out of 6;
yellow – 6 out of 24 = 1 out of 4;
pink – 4 out of 24 = 1 out of 6;
purple – 5 out of 24 is in its simplest form.

Sample Question 2:

The correct answer to the question is answer choice (C), food that the animals at the zoo eat.

One way the answer can be found is by

1. recognizing the clue given in the problem, “in categories or groups”;

2. eliminating choices that do not fit the clue. Choices A, B, and D are all numerical data, not
categorical data.
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Reading Comprehension
(Section 3)


The actual Lower Level Reading Comprehension section contains five reading passages; the practice
test in this book contains four passages. The passages include topics related to history, science,
literature, and contemporary life. Some questions ask you to find a phrase or word in the passage;
therefore, all passages show line numbers in the left margin. Each passage is followed by five questions
about the passage.

Strategy: Read the passage first to get an overall view. As you read the passage, ask yourself, “What
is the main idea? What facts and details are given?” As you answer the questions following the
passage, use the line numbers to help you find the section or lines you may need to look at again.

A sample passage and questions may be found on the next two pages. The types of questions you may
be asked focus on six categories:

- The Main Idea items assess the student’s ability to look for an overall message, theme, or central
idea in the passage.
- The Supporting Ideas items assess the student’s ability to identify explicit ideas that support the
main idea.
- Inference items ask the student to draw a conclusion from content not explicitly stated in the text.
Inference items may ask the student to compare and contrast ideas, interpret or analyze text,
and/or predict subsequent events or outcomes.
- Vocabulary items deal with word definitions within the context of the passage, usually in the
form of “most nearly means.”
- Organization/Logic items ask students to identify the sequence, pattern, relationship, structure,
or summary of the passage.
- Tone/Style/Figurative Language items assess the student’s understanding of mood, tone, point of
view, and figurative language such as images, irony, and personification.
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Sample Passage

The sample passage is followed by five questions based on its content.

“If a man walking in the fields finds any 1
four-leafed grass, he shall in a small while after 2
find some good thing.” 3
Sir John Melton, writing around 1620, 4
reinforced a longtime folk belief. Then and 5
now, many people think that four-leaf clovers 6
bring good luck. Wealth, health, love, and 7
adventure are supposed to follow the discovery 8
of that tiny plant. Some people press and dry 9
four-leaf clovers as keepsakes. Children have 10
whiled away countless hours in the grass, 11
searching for this rarity. 12
For many people, the clover signifies faith, 13
hope, love, and luck. Others associate it with a 14
song: “I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover.” 15
The lyrics and familiar tune were written in 16
1927 by Mort Dixon and Harry Woods. All the 17
associations with the four-leaf clover are 18
cheerful ones. 19
How common are four-leaf clovers? As 20
natural mutations, they are rare. About one in 21
ten thousand clovers will have four leaves. 22
Some scientists have tried to engineer them. 23
That effort, however, displeases some believers 24
who feel that an artificial four-leaf clover 25
probably does not carry the same gift of luck. 26
Nor do other plants that resemble four-leaf 27
clovers. Oxalis deppei is the most frequent 28
imposter that the person searching for four-leaf 29
clovers will find. When in doubt, how can a 30
person identify a real one? A genuine four-leaf 31
clover’s fourth leaf is generally a bit smaller 32
than the other three. 33
As of April 2005, George Kaminski held 34
the world record in finding four-leaf clovers. 35
According to the latest edition of the Guinness 36
Book of World Records, he now has 72,927. 37
Ed Martin has his heart set on toppling 38
Kaminski. A retired heavy-equipment operator 39
from Alaska, Martin tours the U.S. in a motor 40
home. His goal is collecting clovers. Let’s wish 41
him good luck! Martin says the four-leaf 42
wonders have already brought him bunches 43
of it. 44




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Sample Questions

Directions: Answer the questions on the basis of what is stated or implied in the passage. Darken the
circle for your answer choice in the sample answer sheet at the bottom of the page. After you finish
answering the questions, turn to the next page and evaluate your answers.


1. The main purpose of this passage is to

(A) compare four-leaf clovers to other
similar plants.
(B) explain why George Kaminski
collects four-leaf clovers.
(C) offer interesting information about
four-leaf clovers.
(D) prove that four-leaf clovers bring
good luck to people.


2. In line 29, “imposter” most nearly means

(A) example.
(B) fake.
(C) plant.
(D) souvenir.


3. According to the passage, both George
Kaminski and Ed Martin

(A) live in Alaska.
(B) collect four-leaf clovers.
(C) tour the country in motor homes.
(D) write for the Guinness Book of
World Records.

4. Sir John Melton clearly believed that four-
leaf clovers

(A) last longer when dried and pressed.
(B) are excellent keepsakes for
collectors.
(C) bring good luck to those who find
them.
(D) provide hours of entertainment for
children.


5. Which statement about the four-leaf clover
is supported by information in the
passage?

(A) It is larger than most other clovers.
(B) It is easy to find one in a grassy area.
(C) One of its leaves is smaller than the
others.
(D) Usually lucky, they occasionally
bring bad luck.








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Answers to Sample Questions

The passage describes the four-leaf clover in terms of its appearance, the good luck that it is supposed
to bring to its finder, its rarity in nature, and its value to two collectors.

1. This item asks you to determine the main purpose of the passage. Choice (C) is the correct answer
because the passage is clearly written to offer information to the reader. Choice (A) is a supporting
idea; choice (B) is information that is not provided in the passage; and choice (D) is incorrect
because the passage does not provide any proof that four-leaf clovers bring luck; it just suggests it.

2. This item asks you to determine the meaning of the term “imposter” in line 29. This section of the
passage describes plants that resemble four-leaf clovers but are not real four-leaf clovers. In lines 25,
26, and 27, there are words that provide clues to the meaning of “imposter.” For example, in line 25
“artificial” points to choice (B), “fake” (something that is not real), which is the correct answer.

3. This item asks you to compare George Kaminski to Ed Martin and find one way they are alike. The
answer is found in the last paragraph (lines 34– 44), which describes both men as collectors of four-
leaf clovers. Therefore, choice (B) is the correct answer.

4. The answer to this question is found in both the first and second paragraphs of the passage,
specifically in lines 1–9. Because Sir John Melton clearly believed that four-leaf clovers bring good
luck to those who find them, choice (C) is the correct answer. The other answer choices reference
information found in the same area of the passage, but the information does not directly refer to
Sir John Melton’s quote.

5. Your task here is to find the answer in a statement that is supported by information in the passage.
This means that your answer must come from information that you find in the passage. The correct
answer is choice (C), which is found in lines 31–33. The other answer choices contain information
that is clearly incorrect, but you would know that only if you have read the passage carefully.


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Mathematics Achievement
(Section 4)



Mathematics Achievement tests mathematical skills you have learned from the very beginning of your
school career. All questions in this section are aligned to the standards articulated by the NCTM. As
with the questions in the Quantitative Reasoning section, this section will include questions from these
NCTM standards:

- Number and Operations
- Algebra
- Geometry
- Measurement
- Data Analysis and Probability, and
- Problem Solving

For more information on these mathematical standards, visit www.nctm.org.

The Mathematics Achievement section will test your ability to identify and solve problems related to the
NCTM standards in the six areas listed above. Specifically, the Mathematic Achievement questions have
these characteristics:

- Unlike the Quantitative Reasoning section, you may need to do calculations to determine the
correct answer for some questions.
- Answer choices may represent misconceptions or procedural errors (such as incorrect order of
mathematical operations in a multi-step problem) but there are no trick questions or trick
answers.
- Unlike the Quantitative Reasoning section, some items may require knowledge of mathematical
terminology as indicated in the grade appropriate NCTM standards.
- Although conversions between units of measurement may be required to correctly answer the
problem, students do not have to memorize conversions in the U.S. standard system (such as
twelve inches equals one foot). If conversions within the U.S. standard system are required to
find the correct answer to the question, they are given in the question.
- Common metric units will be found in some questions in this section, but conversions within the
same unit for volume, length, mass, or temperature in the metric system are not provided (i.e.,
conversions between centimeters and meters).

You may not use a calculator or scratch paper. You may write in this book, since you may write in the
test booklet when you take the ISEE.
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Strategies:
- Read the entire question and study any related graphic images for each question before looking
at the answer choices.
- Remember all four answer choices are logical answers—there are no answer choices such as “all
of the above” or “none of the above.”
- Next determine your answer and look for it in the answer choices provided.
o To save you time, all answers are listed in sequential order from greatest to least, or least
to greatest unless the answer could be determined by using the ordered answers. (For
example, a question which asks which number is the largest number would not have its
answer choices ordered by value.)
- Remember to check your work, since often the answer choices represent common mathematical
mistakes or procedural misconceptions.
- Some questions may be unfamiliar to you because you may not have yet covered that particular
math concept at your current school. If you do not know the answer to the question, or if the
answer you have determined is not listed as an answer choice, you may choose to make a mark
in your test booklet (not your answer document), skip that question for now, and move on to the
next question. Remember all questions on the ISEE have equal value. If you have time before the
end of this test section, you may be able to come back to it later.



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Numbers and Operations: Whole Numbers


Sample Questions

Directions: Answer the following sample questions. Select the answer that best illustrates numbers and
operations. Darken the circle for your answer choice in the sample answer sheet at the bottom of the
page. After you finish answering the questions, turn to the next page and evaluate your answers.


1. Which whole number is divisible by 9 without a remainder?

(A) 2,001
(B) 2,003
(C) 2,005
(D) 2,007

2. Which expression correctly uses the distributive property to solve 15 × (8 + 17)?

(A) (15 × 8) + 17
(B) (17 × 8) + 15
(C) (15 + 8) × (15 + 17)
(D) (15 × 8) + (15 × 17)
















Students should be able to

- use all four math operations (add, subtract, multiply, divide) accurately;
- make reasonable estimations; and
- use properties of the numbers and operations.
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Answers to Sample Questions

Sample Question 1:

The correct answer to the question is answer choice (D), 2,007.

One way the answer can be found is by

1. knowing the divisible rule for 9, which states that if the sum of all the digits of a number can
be divided by 9, then the number is divisible by 9; 2 + 0 + 0 + 7 = 9 and 9 is divisible by 9,
so 2,007 is divisible by 9; or

2. dividing 2,007 by 9, which gives a value of 223 with no remainder. Having no remainder
shows that 2,007 is divisible by 9.

Sample Question 2:

The correct answer to the question is answer choice (D), (15 × 8) + (15 × 17).

One way the answer can be found is by knowing that the distributive property confirms a
relationship between multiplication and addition. For example, the expression 1(2 + 3) has the same
value as the expression (1 × 2) + (1 × 3), so 15 × (8 + 17) is the same as (15 × 8) + (15 × 17).

Another way is to find the value of the expression 15 × (8 + 17) = 15 × 25 = 375, and then find the
value of each of the answer choices.

(A) (15 × 8) + 17 = 120 + 17 = 137
(B) (17 × 8) + 15 = 136 + 15 = 151
(C) (15 + 8) × (15 + 17) = 23 × 32 = 736
(D) (15 × 8) + (15 × 17) = 120 + 255 = 375

The only match is (D).
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Numbers and Operations: Decimals, Percents, Fractions



Sample Questions

Directions: Answer the following sample questions. Select the answer that best illustrates numbers and
operations. Darken the circle for your answer choice in the sample answer sheet at the bottom of the
page. After you finish answering the questions, turn to the next page and evaluate your answers.


1. The teacher drew these shapes on the board.



What fraction of the shapes are squares?

(A)
1
8

(B)
1
4

(C)
3
8

(D)
1
2


2. Josh is estimating 4.17 × 3.9 to determine if his answer is reasonable. Which is the best way for
him to estimate?

(A) 4 × 3
(B) 4 × 4
(C) 5 × 3
(D) 5 × 4



Students should be able to use rational numbers to

- accurately compute addition and subtraction using fractions and decimals;
- make reasonable estimations using fractions and decimals; and
- find equivalent forms of fractions, decimals, and percents.
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Answers to Sample Questions

Sample Question 1:

The correct answer to the question is answer choice (B),
1
4
.

One way the answer can be found is by

1. counting the total number of shapes (8);

2. counting how many squares there are among the 8 shapes (2);

3. thinking of squares out of 8 shapes as a fractional number (
2
8
);

4. being sure that the fractional number is in its lowest term (
2 2
8 2
÷
÷
=
1
4
).


Sample Question 2:

The correct answer to the question is answer choice (B), 4 × 4.

One way the answer can be found is by

1. rounding 4.17 to the nearest whole number (4); and

2. rounding 3.9 to the nearest whole number (4).
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Algebraic Concepts




Sample Questions

Directions: Answer the following sample questions. Select the answer that best illustrates algebraic
concepts. Darken the circle for your answer choice in the sample answer sheet at the bottom of the page.
After you finish answering the questions, turn to the next page and evaluate your answers.


1. The number machine only accepts even numbers as input. It performs the same operation on each
input number to create an output number.

NUMBER MACHINE
Input Output
20 11
16 9
10 6
6 4
4 3

Which input number creates an output of 15?

(A) 22
(B) 24
(C) 28
(D) 30

2. A box contains 24 batteries that are packaged into groups of 3. If n represents the number of
packages in the box, which equation would tell how many packages are in the box?

(A) 3 + n = 24
(B) n = 24 ÷ 3
(C) n – 3 = 24
(D) 24 × n = 3





Students should be able to

- identify, compare, and extend patterns; and
- find and use rules that can contain variables.
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Answers to Sample Questions

Sample Question 1:

The correct answer to the question is answer choice (C), 28.

One way the answer can be found is by

1. finding the rule: “What input number will result in the output number being 15?”

- Notice that each input number is an even number and is larger than its output number.
- Try to find a relationship between the input and output numbers. Try dividing input 20 in
half (20 ÷ 2 = 10), adding 1 to 10, and getting the sum of 11.
- If this relationship is true for all input and output numbers, then you have the rule. The
rule is (input number ÷ 2) + 1 = output number, OR the rule written as a math sentence is
(x ÷ 2) + 1 = y.

2. using the rule:

(input number ÷ 2) + 1 = 15 OR 15 = (x ÷ 2) + 1;
input number ÷ 2 = 15 - 1 15 – 1 = (x ÷ 2);
input number ÷ 2 = 14 14 = x ÷ 2;
input number = 14 × 2 14 × 2 = x;
input number = 28 28 = x.


Sample Question 2:

The correct answer to the question is answer choice (B), n = 24 ÷ 3.

One way the answer can be found is by

1. knowing that division means separating the total number of objects into as many equal
groups as possible; and

2. recognizing that the total number of objects (batteries) is 24 and that these objects have been
divided into small groups of 3. You want to know how many groups of 3 are in 24, so using
24 ÷ 3 will give you the answer.
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Geometry




Sample Question

Directions: Answer the following sample question. Select the answer that best illustrates geometric
operations. Darken the circle for your answer choice in the sample answer sheet at the bottom of the
page. After you finish answering the question, turn to the next page and evaluate your answer.

1. A coordinate graph is shown.



Mackenzie plotted the following points on the coordinate grid.




A polygon is formed with vertices R, S, T, and U and sides , , , and . RS ST TU UR Which type of
polygon is formed?

(A) diamond
(B) pentagon
(C) square
(D) trapezoid


Students should be able to

- classify and describe basic 2- and 3-dimensional figures;
- understand and use coordinate grids, including transformation of geometric
figures; and
- understand the concepts of congruency, symmetry, and similarity.
point R (3, 5); point S (6, 5); point T (8, 2); point U (2, 2)
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Answer to Sample Question

The correct answer to the question is answer choice (D), trapezoid.

One way the answer can be found is by

1. plotting the points onto the coordinate grid provided;

2. sketching the sides of the polygon;

3. noticing that sides RS and TU are parallel and that sides UR and ST are not parallel; and

4. knowing that a trapezoid is a quadrilateral with one pair of parallel sides.

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Measurement




Sample Question

Directions: Answer the following sample question. Select the answer that best illustrates measurement
abilities. Darken the circle for your answer choice in the sample answer sheet at the bottom of the page.
After you finish answering the question, turn to the next page and evaluate your answer.


1. Shown below is a plan for a patio that Mr. Watson is building in his backyard.



According to Mr. Watson’s plan, what is the area of the patio?

(A) 48 ft
2

(B) 96 ft
2

(C) 120 ft
2

(D) 216 ft
2












Students should be able to

- find the perimeter and area of regular and irregular polygons;
- develop strategies to find the volume and surface area of rectangular solids;
- convert between units in both customary and metric systems; and
- identify tools and units associated with length, weight, capacity, temperature, and
time.
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Answer to Sample Question

The correct answer to the question is answer choice (C), 120 ft
2
.

One way the answer can be found is by

1. finding the area of the 12 × 8 rectangle:

A = l × w;
A = 12 × 8;
A = 96 ft
2
;

2. finding the area of the 8 × 6 triangle (which is half a rectangle):

A =
1
2
(b × h);
A =
1
2
(6 × 8);
A =
1
2
(48);
A = 24 ft
2
;

and

3. adding the two areas together for total area:

96 + 24 = 120 ft
2
.
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Data Analysis and Probability



Sample Questions

Directions: Answer the following sample questions. Select the answer that best illustrates data analysis
and probability. Darken the circle for your answer choice in the sample answer sheet at the bottom of the
page. After you finish answering the questions, turn to the next page and evaluate your answers.

1. The table shows the results of a school cafeteria’s survey of 200 students. On the last day of each
month, the cafeteria plans to serve the two most favorite foods.

FAVORITE CAFETERIA FOOD
Food Number of Votes
pizza 74
meatloaf 31
hamburger 59
turkey sandwich 36

Which two foods will the cafeteria be serving?

(A) pizza and meatloaf
(B) hamburger and pizza
(C) pizza and turkey sandwich
(D) hamburger and turkey sandwich

2. Matt randomly selected three cards, without looking, from a stack of letter cards labeled
A through K. If none of the cards in the stack repeat, what is the probability that the first card
selected is the letter C?

(A)
11
8

(B)
8
3

(C)
27
3

(D)
11
1



Students should be able to

- collect and display data;
- interpret and make predictions about a set of data;
- calculate mean, mode, median, and range of a set of data; and
- find the probability of a simple event.
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Answers to Sample Questions

Sample Question 1:

The correct answer to the question is answer choice (B), hamburger and pizza.

One way the answer can be found is by reading the chart to determine which two foods have the
most votes. Pizza has the most votes at 74. Hamburger has the second most votes with 59.


Sample Question 2:
The correct answer to the question is answer choice (D),
1
11
.
One way the answer can be found is by determining how many total cards are in the stack. Cards
labeled A–K equal 11 cards. Since there is only 1 card labeled C, there is only 1 chance in 11 that
the first card chosen will be the card labeled C.
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Writing the Essay
(Section 5)


On the last section of the ISEE test, you will be asked to write a short essay in response to an assigned
writing prompt. A writing prompt is randomly selected for use on each test date. The writing prompts
include topics of interest to students at your level and are created to give you an opportunity to tell more
about yourself.

This part of the test also gives you a chance to show the schools to which you have applied how well
you organize your thoughts and express them in a written format. For the actual ISEE test, you are given
a sheet of paper on which to make notes. You must write the essay in ink on two pre-lined pages
(erasable ink is allowed), and you also must rewrite the prompt at the top of the first page. The actual
instructions you will receive when you take the essay portion of the ISEE are shown on pages 105–106
in the “Practice Test” section.

You are given 30 minutes to complete the essay. During those 30 minutes you should

- organize your thoughts;
- prepare your notes or make a short outline; and
- write your final copy.

Writing must be done either in cursive or print using a ballpoint pen. The writing should be done
directly on the lines preprinted in the answer document, using blue or black ink.

On the following pages, you will find some tips for writing an essay, some sample essay prompts, and
lined pages for writing a sample essay. Three sample essay topics and three sets of lined pages have
been provided to give you an opportunity to practice on more than one prompt. Remember to add
descriptions and details in your response. If possible, you should ask a parent or teacher to read your
essay(s) and give you feedback on what you have written.

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Tips for Writing the Essay

Here is a brief writing checklist designed to help you organize and write a response to the essay topic
provided. This checklist is for your use now, but note that there is NO checklist for you to use when you
take the actual ISEE, and you may NOT take a checklist into the test with you. We believe, however,
that if you use this checklist as you write your sample essay, you will remember to ask yourself these
questions when you write your essay on the actual ISEE.

__ Did I put the topic in the box at the top of the first page, as instructed?

__ Did I plan my essay before putting it on the lined sheets?

__ Did I allow enough time to write my final copy on the lined sheets?

__ Did I write about the topic that was given?

__ Did I include details to add interest?

__ Did I follow rules for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization?

__ Can others read my handwriting?

__ Did I review my writing upon finishing?



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Sample Essay Topics

Directions: Select a topic from the list of sample topics below and write an essay on the pre-lined pages
on pages 61 and 62. You may plan your essay on a separate sheet of paper. Remember to rewrite the
topic at the top of page 61.


If you would like additional practice writing an essay, pages 63– 66 contain pre-lined pages for writing
essays on the remaining topics.

Topic 1: Describe in detail where and how you would spend your perfect vacation.

Topic 2: What would you like to do to make the world a nicer place in which to live? Explain.

Topic 3: Who is your favorite relative? Why have you chosen this person?



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Using the Practice Test

The Practice Test is the same format as the actual ISEE. In each section, the number of questions and the
number of minutes that you have to answer the questions are listed under the name of the section. On the
actual ISEE, however, there are additional questions which will not be included on your score report, but
which may be used on future tests. Thus, the timings for the Practice Test are slightly shorter than on the
actual ISEE, since you are answering only questions that will be used to determine your sample score.
The chart below shows the number of questions on each section of the Practice Test and the actual ISEE,
and how many minutes you should allow for each section of both tests.

PRACTICE TEST AND ACTUAL TEST—LOWER LEVEL
Section Practice Test Actual ISEE
Verbal Reasoning 30 Questions—18 Minutes 34 Questions—20 Minutes
Quantitative Reasoning 35 Questions—34 Minutes 38 Questions—35 Minutes
Reading Comprehension 20 Questions—20 Minutes 25 Questions—25 Minutes
Math Achievement 25 Questions—25 Minutes 30 Questions—30 Minutes
Essay 2-Page Limit—30 Minutes 2-Page Limit—30 Minutes

Although the timings are not the same on the Practice Test and the actual ISEE, since each section on
the actual test is carefully timed, it is important to follow the timing instructions on the Practice Test so
you can learn how to pace yourself for the actual test.

Remember that the time it takes to read the brief directions at the beginning of each section is NOT
included in the testing time. When you take the actual test, you will be allowed a five-minute break
before the Reading Comprehension section and another five-minute break following the Mathematics
Achievement section. On the actual ISEE, you will take each section in the same order in which it
appears in the Practice Test. Each section must be taken without stopping; therefore, we strongly
encourage you to take the Practice Test exactly the same way so that the experience will be realistic and
meaningful. Also, the score you calculate when you check your answers will be more accurate.

Because we think it will help you to know exactly how the test administrator will instruct you on the day
of the test, we have included the general directions that will be read to you before the test starts. (These
directions are on the next page.) Reading these directions carefully will help you know what to expect.

When you are ready to begin, try to create the following realistic test conditions.
- Find a quiet, well-lighted space with an appropriate writing surface.
- Ask an older person (parent, sibling, friend) to act as test administrator to
o read the general directions;
o monitor your time;
o write down the starting time for each section;
o tell you when five minutes remain in each section; and
o tell you when to stop.

You will use a copy of the actual answer sheet to mark your answers for the Practice Test. The answer
sheet is in Appendix B. You will also use the pre-lined pages in Appendix B for your essay. Use the
appropriate parts of the answer sheet and leave the remaining parts blank. For example, leave “Test
Administrator” and “ID Number” blank. It may be more convenient for you to photocopy the answer
sheet so that you don’t have to turn back and forth between the Practice Test and Appendix B.
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Test Directions

After you are seated in the test room and the test administrator announces that you are ready to begin, he
or she will give you your test booklet and an answer sheet. (Please refer to the answer sheet on
pages 133–136.) Some of the information on this answer sheet may already be filled in for you, but if
not, the test administrator will help you. After you complete the test booklet itself, the administrator will
give you your essay topic to write on the last two pages of the answer sheet. There will be two 5-minute
breaks during the test.

The general directions the test administrator will read to you before you begin the separate sections of
the actual ISEE are below. The administrator will not begin timing you until after he or she has finished
reading them and answering any appropriate questions. These are the same directions you should use on
the Practice Test. It is important to look at them now because they contain important information.



Directions

The ISEE measures skills and abilities commonly used by students in school. Your test booklet
contains four sections: Verbal Reasoning; Quantitative Reasoning; Reading Comprehension; and
Mathematics Achievement. There are several different versions for each test, so the questions in your
test booklet will probably be different from the questions that others in this room are answering.
Because these tests are given to students in more than one grade, don’t be surprised if you notice that
some of the questions are very easy for you, or that others are very difficult.

Read the directions and samples printed at the beginning of each test carefully. Work as quickly as
you can without becoming careless. Do not spend too much time on any question that is difficult for
you to answer since all questions are scored equally. Instead, skip it and answer all of the questions
that you can. Then, if you have time, return to any questions you may have skipped.

Please select the best choice for each question. On this test, there is no penalty for an incorrect
answer.

Be sure to record all your answers on the answer sheet. Mark only one answer for each question, and
make every mark heavy and dark, as in these examples.

Sample Answers



If you decide to change one of your answers, be sure to erase the first mark completely. Don’t worry
if you find that there are more answer spaces on the answer sheet than there are questions in this
booklet. As you work, make sure that the number of the question that you are answering matches the
number on the answer sheet section that you are marking.

Please do not open the booklet until you are told to do so.

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Section 1
Verbal Reasoning



This section is divided into two parts that contain two different types of questions. As soon as you have
completed Part One, answer the questions in Part Two. You may write in your test booklet. For each
answer you select, fill in the corresponding circle on your answer document.

Part One — Synonyms

Each question in Part One consists of a word in capital letters followed by four answer choices. Select
the one word that is most nearly the same in meaning as the word in capital letters.

SAMPLE QUESTION: Sample Answer
DEBATE:

(A) betray
(B) censor
(C) dispute
(D) reveal

Part Two — Sentence Completion

Each question in Part Two is made up of a sentence with one blank. Each blank indicates that a word or
phrase is missing. The sentence is followed by four answer choices. Select the word or phrase that will
best complete the meaning of the sentence as a whole.

SAMPLE QUESTIONS: Sample Answers
Because Paul was thrifty by nature, he rode his
bicycle to work every day in an effort to ------- fuel.

(A) conserve
(B) create
(C) utilize
(D) waste

Americans today vote by secret ballot, in contrast to
many early Colonial Americans who -------.

(A) did not let others know for whom they voted
(B) wrote letters demanding the repeal of the Stamp Act
(C) spoke their choices for candidates in front of a crowd
(D) strongly protested the British government’s tax on tea


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Part One — Synonyms

Directions: Select the word that is most nearly the same in meaning as the word in capital letters.


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1. REJECT:

(A) confine
(B) damage
(C) label
(D) refuse

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2. NAG:

(A) agree
(B) annoy
(C) conquer
(D) defy

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3. NUTRITIOUS:

(A) attentive
(B) dangerous
(C) nourishing
(D) spicy

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4. RENEW:

(A) prepare
(B) regret
(C) restore
(D) simplify

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5. SUPERB:

(A) excellent
(B) happy
(C) puzzling
(D) spirited

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6. PARTICLE:

(A) quality
(B) speck
(C) tone
(D) weight

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7. NOVEL:

(A) cheerful
(B) false
(C) original
(D) perfect

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8. ELONGATE:

(A) bruise
(B) calculate
(C) lengthen
(D) moisten

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9. SOLEMNLY:

(A) curiously
(B) harmfully
(C) possessively
(D) seriously

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10. UPROOT:

(A) guarantee
(B) rebel
(C) remove
(D) salvage

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11. SELDOM:

(A) equally
(B) naturally
(C) quietly
(D) rarely

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12. ADHESIVE:

(A) blunt
(B) infectious
(C) lukewarm
(D) sticky

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13. LIBERATE:

(A) combine
(B) free
(C) judge
(D) obtain
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14. VIEWPOINT:

(A) contradiction
(B) factor
(C) idealism
(D) opinion

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15. VIGILANCE:

(A) enthusiasm
(B) fury
(C) importance
(D) watchfulness









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Part Two — Sentence Completion

Directions: Select the word or phrase that best completes the sentence.


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16. It is the natural beauty of Glacier County,
with its waterfalls and snow-covered
meadows, that ------- the thousands of
tourists, hikers, and campers who visit
each year.

(A) attracts
(B) conceals
(C) restrains
(D) threatens

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17. Allergies are usually abnormal reactions to
------- substances such as dust, pollen, and
animal dander.

(A) common
(B) imaginary
(C) scarce
(D) unknown

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18. To reach maturity, a seagoing loggerhead
turtle must survive many -------, such as
attacks by gulls and hungry fish.

(A) allies
(B) destinations
(C) hazards
(D) voyages

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19. Although Roman political life was
centered in the cities, most Romans lived
in the -------, growing crops, tending vines,
or cultivating olive groves.

(A) countryside
(B) deserts
(C) museums
(D) towns
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20. Anne Sullivan showed her ------- as
Helen Keller’s teacher by working with
her day and night to help her overcome
her disabilities.

(A) devotion
(B) fear
(C) humor
(D) scorn

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21. Like many other medical conditions,
malnutrition is often easier to ------- before
its occurrence than to treat after its onset.

(A) distort
(B) eliminate
(C) manage
(D) prevent

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22. Hannah Moore, an English writer, was
best known for her -------, works whose
characters endured extremely sorrowful
circumstances.

(A) daydreams
(B) farces
(C) speeches
(D) tragedies

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23. The many types of fish and mammals
displayed in the exhibit at the aquarium
demonstrate the remarkable ------- of
marine life.

(A) control
(B) disappearance
(C) diversity
(D) magnification

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may check your work in this
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24. Although there were other contributing
factors, the ------- cause of industrial
growth was the flood of new inventions in
eighteenth-century England.

(A) detrimental
(B) primary
(C) sentimental
(D) temporary

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25. Although once ------- in Africa, cheetah
populations have been greatly reduced due
to hunting, loss of habitat, and decline of
the cheetah’s prey.

(A) attractive
(B) threatened
(C) unknown
(D) widespread

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26. Most artists begin training early in life, but
Anna Mary “Grandma” Moses -------.

(A) painted for profit as a young child
(B) did not like art during her advanced
years
(C) started painting when she was past
seventy years old
(D) specialized in farm scenes and
country landscapes

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27. Since the students looked puzzled, their
-------.

(A) faces became quite cold
(B) classmates began to arrive
(C) friend gave them a present
(D) teacher repeated the directions

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28. The movie provided no moral instruction;
rather, it invited us to -------.

(A) learn a lesson
(B) enjoy ourselves
(C) examine our values
(D) improve our behavior

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29. Compared to his early paintings, which
were usually of lighthearted subjects, the
later art of Winslow Homer -------.

(A) sold successfully and made him rich
(B) was darker and of a more serious
nature
(C) was appreciated by the critics but not
the public
(D) represented bright landscapes or
people at play

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30. Although Frederic Chopin was personally
on good terms with most musicians of his
day, he -------.

(A) ignored them at every opportunity
(B) seldom gave large public
performances
(C) did not appreciate their style of
romantic music
(D) turned out to be one of the most
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Section 2
Quantitative Reasoning




Each question is followed by four suggested answers. Read each question and then decide which one of
the four suggested answers is best.

Find the row of spaces on your answer document that has the same number as the question. In this row,
mark the space having the same letter as the answer you have chosen. You may write in your test
booklet.

EXAMPLE 1: Sample Answer
Which expression is equivalent to the expression 2 × (3 + 4)?

(A) 2 + 7
(B) 2 × 7
(C) 5 + 4
(D) 5 × 4

The correct answer is 2 × 7, so circle B is darkened.


EXAMPLE 2: Sample Answer
Which could be the dimensions of a rectangle
with an area of 48 cm
2
?

(A) 2 cm × 26 cm
(B) 3 cm × 16 cm
(C) 5 cm × 9 cm
(D) 6 cm × 7 cm

The correct answer is 3 cm × 16 cm, so circle B is darkened.











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1. The largest triangle shown below is
divided into small triangles.



What fraction of the largest triangle is
shaded?

(A)
2
9

(B)
2
7

(C)
1
4

(D)
1
2


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2. Which story best fits the equation
7 × 5 = 35?

(A) I have 35 cookies. After eating
5 cookies, how many cookies do I
have left?
(B) I want to share 35 cookies with
12 friends. How many cookies do we
each get?
(C) I have 7 boxes of cookies, with
5 cookies in each. How many
cookies do I have altogether?
(D) I have 7 boxes of cookies, and my
friend has 5 boxes of cookies. How
many boxes of cookies do we have
altogether?

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3. Alice wrote down a whole number greater
than 6 and less than 10. When Jim tried to
guess the number, Alice told him it was
greater than 8 and less than 12. What is
Alice’s number?

(A) 7
(B) 9
(C) 10
(D) 11

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4. The perimeter of the triangle is
28 centimeters. The lengths of two
of the sides are shown.



What is the length of the third side?

(A) 10 centimeters
(B) 18 centimeters
(C) 36 centimeters
(D) 46 centimeters

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5. Use the equations to answer the question.

5 + p = 6
3 + q = 6

What is the sum of p + q ?

(A) 4
(B) 8
(C) 12
(D) 20

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6. Use the diagram to answer the question.



Which piece would complete the diagram
to make a square?

(A)




(B)




(C)




(D)




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7. Nisha and Alex were riding their bikes at
the same speed on a bike path. It took
Nisha 20 minutes to ride 4 miles. How
long did it take Alex to ride 12 miles?

(A) 48 minutes
(B) 60 minutes
(C) 80 minutes
(D) 120 minutes
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8. Which is the largest fraction?

(A)
5
9

(B)
6
13

(C)
7
15

(D)
8
17


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9. If x can be divided by both 3 and 5 without
leaving a remainder, then x can also be
divided by which number without leaving
a remainder?

(A) 2
(B) 8
(C) 10
(D) 15

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10. Use the Venn diagram to answer the
question.



What shapes could be found in the shaded
part of the Venn diagram?

(A) a red square
(B) a blue square
(C) a blue triangle
(D) a green triangle

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11. A class put three cans full of water in the sun. Each can was covered and had a thermometer in it to
measure the temperature of the water in degrees Fahrenheit. One can was painted black, one can
was painted white, and the third can was painted silver. The class collected the data shown below.

TEMPERATURE EXPERIMENT
Black Can White Can Silver Can
Start 50°F 50°F 50°F
10 min 53°F 50°F 52°F
20 min 57°F 51°F 54°F
30 min 62°F 51°F 56°F
40 min 68°F 52°F 58°F
50 min 75°F 52°F 60°F

According to the pattern from these data, what would be the predicted temperature of the water in
the black can at 70 minutes?

(A) 75°F
(B) 79°F
(C) 83°F
(D) 92°F



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12. Use the table to determine the rule.

Input Output
∆ □
2 8
7 13
12 18
40 46

What is the rule for the function?

(A) ∆ × 4 = □
(B) (∆ × 3) – 1 = □
(C) ∆ + 5 = □
(D) ∆ + 6 = □

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13. The perimeter of a square is 8s. What is
the length of one side?

(A) 2
(B) 4
(C) 2s
(D) 4s

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14. Which is a value of x in the math equation
15 = 3x + 3?

(A) 1
(B) 2
(C) 3
(D) 4

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15. Use the figure below to answer the
question.



If two more rows were added to the figure,
how many small triangles would the sixth
row have, assuming the same pattern
continues?

(A) 5
(B) 7
(C) 9
(D) 11

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16. Use the pattern to help answer the
question.

1 + 3 = 2
2

1 + 3 + 5 = 3
2

1 + 3 + 5 + 7 = 4
2

What is the solution to
1 + 3 + 5 + 7 + 9 + 11 + 13 + 15?

(A) 5
2

(B) 8
2

(C) 12
2

(D) 13
2


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17. A survey of 40 students’ favorite
ice cream flavors is displayed in the
circle graph shown.



About what fraction of the students chose
strawberry as their favorite flavor?

(A)
1
8

(B)
1
4

(C)
1
3

(D)
1
2


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18. A cat had a litter of 4 kittens. Two of the
kittens weighed
1
2
2
ounces each, 1 kitten
weighed 3 ounces, and 1 kitten weighed
4 ounces. What is the mean weight of the
kittens from the litter?

(A)
1
2
2
ounces
(B)
3
2
4
ounces
(C) 3 ounces
(D) 4 ounces


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19. Use the number line to answer the
question.



Which three numbers are the vertical
arrows pointing to on the number line?

(A) 2.2, 2.4, 2.6
(B) 2.4, 2.8, 3.0
(C) 2.6, 3.2, 3.8
(D) 2.8, 3.6, 4.2

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20. The length of RS is x and the length of
RT is y.



What is the length of ST?

(A) y – x
(B) y + x
(C) x – y
(D) xy

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21. In a warehouse, there are 687 boxes with
36 candles in each box. Which expression
gives the best estimate of the total number
of candles in the warehouse?

(A) 69 × 40
(B) 70 × 40
(C) 600 × 30
(D) 700 × 40
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22. The volume of the small, shaded cube is
1 unit
3
.



What is the volume of the larger cube?

(A) 9 units
3

(B) 18 units
3

(C) 27 units
3

(D) 81 units
3


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23. Jar 1 and Jar 2 would each hold 1 cup of
liquid when filled to the top. The jars
shown are not completely filled to the top.



If the liquids in the two jars are combined,
approximately how much liquid will there
be altogether?

(A)
2
3
cup
(B) 1.5 cups
(C) 3 cups
(D) 6 cups




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24. The figure shown may be folded along one
or more of the dotted lines.



Which line or pair of lines, when folded,
will allow the semicircles to exactly match
the original figure?

(A) line p only
(B) line s only
(C) both line p and line s
(D) both line p and line r

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25. The ingredients in the recipe were evenly
mixed and equally divided into 5 bags.

RECIPE
10 cups of crisp corn cereal
7 cups of pretzel sticks
2 cups of raisins
3 cups of chocolate chips
1 cup of sunflower seeds

Approximately how many cups of the
mixture were placed in each bag?

(A)
1
3
2

(B) 4
(C)
1
4
2

(D) 5

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26. The scale on Tanji’s map shows that
1.2 inches represents 10 miles. How many
inches would it take to represent 25 miles?

(A) 2.5 inches
(B) 3.0 inches
(C) 3.5 inches
(D) 3.7 inches

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27. Ms. Hammond put the names of all her
students in a hat. The probability that she
will pull out a boy’s name at random is
3 out of 7. There are 12 girls in the class.
How many boys are in Ms. Hammond’s
class?

(A) 3
(B) 4
(C) 9
(D) 11

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28. Use the diagram of the cube to answer the
question.



How many small cubes are being used to
build the large cube?

(A) 32
(B) 48
(C) 64
(D) 96

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29. Four students recorded the number of
minutes spent reading at home for one
night and recorded their data in the graph
shown.



Based on this graph, which conclusion is
true about the number of minutes spent
reading?

(A) The mean is between 18 and 19.
(B) Eric read fewer minutes than Mandy.
(C) The range is greater than the number
of minutes Joey read.
(D) Lisa read the same number of
minutes as Joey and Eric combined.

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30. Which equation can be read as “2 more
than 6 times a number is equal to 10 less
than the number”? Let n represent the
unknown number.

(A) 2 + (6 × n) = 10 – n
(B) 2 + (6 × n) = n – 10
(C) 2 × (6 × n) = 10 – n
(D) 2 × (6 × n) = n – 10
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31. Use the figure shown to answer the
question.



How many triangular regions can be made
in the figure by only drawing line
segments from vertex P to the other
vertices?

(A) 4
(B) 5
(C) 6
(D) 7

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32. Kara has a box of chocolates with different
cream fillings: caramel, vanilla, cinnamon,
orange, and cocoa. The probability of
choosing a chocolate filled with caramel is
4 out of 9. Which combination of
chocolates is possible?

(A) 4 caramel chocolates and 9 others
(B) 16 caramel chocolates and 36 others
(C) 18 caramel chocolates and 8 others
(D) 20 caramel chocolates and 25 others








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section only.
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33. Josh did the problem shown with his
calculator.

51 743
25
×


What is a reasonable estimation for his
answer?

(A) between 1,000 and 1,200
(B) between 1,200 and 2,000
(C) between 2,000 and 2,500
(D) between 2,500 and 3,000

I2MLQXXXCN13FN00000-CQ19BW
34. What is the value of n in the expression
( ) 30 15 45
3
+
= n?

(A) 200
(B) 600
(C) 900
(D) 1,800
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35. Use the number line shown to answer the
question.



P is the average of Q and another number.
What is the other number?

(A) 3
(B) 6
(C) 14
(D) 18












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Section 3
Reading Comprehension




This section contains four short reading passages. Each passage is followed by five questions based on
its content. Answer the questions following each passage on the basis of what is stated or implied in that
passage. You may write in your test booklet.


































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Questions 1– 5
Passage LB03

His days already crowded with work, 1
Frederick Douglass found time for another job. 2
As a former slave himself, he made time to 3
work on the Underground Railroad. 4
The Underground Railroad was not a 5
railroad with trains and tracks. But it did have 6
passengers, conductors, stations, and 7
stationmasters. Runaway slaves were the 8
passengers, and the conductors were the people 9
who led them North. The station was where 10
they rested and hid—usually the homes of 11
people who hated slavery. These were 12
stationmasters. 13
Frederick Douglass’ home in Rochester, 14
New York, was a station on the Underground 15
Railroad. He never knew when to expect a 16
group of slaves. Usually they came late at night 17
with a knock on the door. Frederick and Anna, 18
his wife, would look at each other and know— 19
the Underground Railroad was running. Anna 20
would ready the house and Frederick would go 21
to the door. He wouldn’t open it. First he would 22
whisper, “Who’s there?” “A friend with 23
friends,” someone would answer. Then 24
Frederick knew it was safe to let them inside. 25
Frederick Douglass’ whole family worked 26
on the Railroad. His five children helped him 27
hide the slaves and make them comfortable. 28
“Remember,” Frederick said, “they are guests 29
in our house.” They had to be quick guests. 30
Traveling on the Underground Railroad was 31
dangerous. Grown-ups talked in whispers and 32
children learned to play in whispers, too. 33
In 1850, the Underground Railroad became 34
more dangerous when a new law was passed. 35
Called the Fugitive Slave Law, it said that 36
runaway slaves must be returned to their 37
masters. Anyone caught hiding slaves would be 38
fined or thrown in jail. 39
Slaves were not safe anywhere in the 40
United States. They had to escape to Canada. 41
Frederick Douglass’ home in Rochester became 42
an important station, since it was the last station 43
on the line on Lake Ontario. Across the lake lay 44
the safety of Canada. 45
Over the years, Frederick Douglass helped 46
over 400 slaves escape. Each time he thought, 47
“There goes one less slave, one more free 48
person.” 49
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1. The primary purpose of the passage is to

(A) relate the various roles Frederick
Douglas played in his lifetime.
(B) analyze the reasons for the operation
of the Underground Railroad.
(C) describe Frederick Douglass’ work
with the Underground Railroad.
(D) discuss the characteristics of the
slaves who used the Underground
Railroad.

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2. The passage states that the slaves filled
which role on the Underground Railroad?

(A) conductors
(B) engineers
(C) passengers
(D) stationmasters

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3. In line 36, “Fugitive” most nearly means

(A) escapee.
(B) immigrant.
(C) pirate.
(D) wanderer.
I2ELBXXXBS01BLB030-BR13CW
4. According to the passage, how did
Frederick Douglass’ job change in 1850?

(A) It became harder because fewer
people worked with him.
(B) It became more complicated because
he had to involve his family.
(C) It became more dangerous because,
if caught, he could now go to prison.
(D) It became easier because more
former masters came and retrieved
the slaves.

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5. The passage provides information to
answer which question?

(A) In which state did the Underground
Railroad originate?
(B) What was Frederick Douglass’ work
other than his work with slaves?
(C) Why did Frederick Douglass have
his family members help him in his
work?
(D) After 1850, what was the destination
of most slaves on the Underground
Railroad?


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Questions 6–10
Passage LC02

When a building is torn down, a vacant lot 1
is created. However, the lot will not remain 2
“vacant” for long. Soon the first plants will 3
appear. 4
On rare occasions, seeds may remain under 5
buildings for decades, perhaps a hundred years 6
or more. The building over them keeps them 7
dry and preserved. Once the building goes, 8
rainwater may dampen the seeds and cause 9
them to sprout. When this happens, new plants 10
will start growing in the vacant lot. 11
This sort of thing happened in London after 12
the city was bombed during the Second World 13
War. After many damaged buildings were torn 14
down, beautiful wild flowers that had not been 15
known to grow in London for hundreds of 16
years started growing in the vacant lots. 17
Even if this does not happen with old seeds, 18
plants will show up anyway. Some of the seed 19
swill is carried in the wind to the newly formed 20
vacant lot. Birds will leave undigested seeds on 21
the ground in their droppings. Other seeds may 22
drop off the clothing of people walking near or 23
across the vacant lots. Eventually, seeds of 24
plants and spores of mosses and ferns will find 25
their way to the lot. 26
If the lot is left free to develop for many 27
years and receives adequate sunlight and rain, 28
its plant life will follow a predictable life cycle. 29
Its first plant inhabitants will be weeds and 30
wild flowers, such as dandelions and clover. 31
Over the years, grasses will appear, followed 32
by vines and quick-growing trees such as the 33
white pine. In a few years, the lot will probably 34
become home to birds, insects, and many small 35
animals. 36
Vacant lots may appear to be ugly, harsh 37
places. Yet, they teach us something. They 38
prove that life, if given half a chance, will take 39
over any place it can—even a vacant lot. 40
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6. Which best expresses the main idea of the
passage?

(A) Life will return even to a vacant lot
in the city.
(B) Animals will not live in a vacant lot
until plant life has developed.
(C) The clothing of people walking
through the city carries plant seeds.
(D) Many buildings in London were
destroyed by bombing during the
Second World War.

I2ELCXXXCO1DP LC020-CR09CW
7. Which best characterizes plant life as it is
described in the passage?

(A) beautiful
(B) edible
(C) persistent
(D) untidy

I2ELCXXXCI01IP LC020-CR07AW
8. The author implies that a good place to
look for seeds of plants that no longer
grow in the city would be

(A) in the dirt under very old buildings.
(B) in places that are full of dandelions
and clover.
(C) in open fields that receive a lot of
sunlight and rain.
(D) on the clothing of people walking
through vacant lots.

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9. In the fifth paragraph (lines 27–36), the
author implies that the return of life to a
vacant lot would be held back if

(A) animal life disappeared from the
area.
(B) people did not walk near or across
the lot.
(C) the lot did not get enough water and
sunlight.
(D) the lot became covered with grasses
and vines.

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10. The function of the last paragraph
(lines 37– 40) is to

(A) provide an exciting ending to the
passage.
(B) leave the reader with an unsolved
mystery.
(C) summarize one of the main ideas of
the passage.
(D) provide evidence that the author’s
argument is correct.

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Questions 11–15
Passage LC07

On a recent trip to the Oakland Museum to 1
see a display of African American quilts, 2
several students got lost. We boarded two 3
different subway cars, and about six students 4
who were in the car next to mine decided to 5
take advantage of my not being there. They 6
began walking from one car to the other, which 7
they are not supposed to do. When we came to 8
our stop, they didn’t know it was time to get off 9
since they were in a different car. As I was 10
counting noses in the station, I saw six of them 11
pressed up against the glass in the last car, 12
looking worried and distraught as the train 13
pulled out. 14
I went upstairs to speak with the 15
stationmaster, who phoned ahead to check with 16
security personnel. They reported that the 17
students had not disembarked at the next 18
station. So the stationmaster got on the paging 19
system and announced, “Will Ms. Logan’s 20
students please call 214. Will Ms. Logan’s 21
students please call 214.” I returned to the train 22
platform downstairs to see the rest of my class 23
running around wildly looking for a phone. 24
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11. The passage is primarily concerned with
describing

(A) the benefits of traveling by train.
(B) the importance of visiting museums.
(C) the strengths and weaknesses of
subway security.
(D) the teacher’s experience with a
group of students.

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12. In line 18, “disembarked” most nearly
means

(A) called.
(B) continued.
(C) gotten off.
(D) asked for help.

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13. Which can be inferred from the last
sentence (lines 22–24)?

(A) The students were bored and desired
exercise.
(B) The students were trying to find their
lost classmates.
(C) The students who were not lost
thought they should call 214.
(D) The telephones on the subway
platform were not operating
properly.

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14. The passage supplies information to
answer which question?

(A) Where were the students going?
(B) Where were the students coming
from?
(C) How many students were in the total
group?
(D) How did the class react when the
students were all reunited?

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15. According to the author, a group of
students did not get off the subway at the
appropriate station because

(A) their teacher miscounted noses.
(B) the subway paging system was not
working.
(C) they were distracted by the other
passengers.
(D) they were not in the same car as their
teacher.

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Questions 16–20
Passage LA05

One spring I celebrated the first ant parade 1
that found its way into my kitchen by allowing 2
it to do whatever it wanted to. A steady line of 3
ants filed from a crack just below a windowsill 4
to the corner of my sink, where I keep a small 5
drainer of vegetable wastes for my compost 6
heap. Another line was headed just as steadily 7
in the other direction. 8
Because my drainer contained too many 9
odds and ends for me to see exactly what it was 10
the ants were after, I set up a feeding station to 11
determine their food preferences. I turned a 12
dinner plate upside down, and on its rounded, 13
easily accessible surface, I dabbed a few items: 14
a little peanut butter, some honey, some cottage 15
cheese, and plain water. As the day went by, I 16
added a piece of apple, some raw egg white, 17
milk, and vinegar. 18
I soon learned that they were interested in 19
everything except the vinegar, but their real 20
favorite was the honey. There were always four 21
or five ants crowded around the honey drop, 22
while just one or two were exploring the other 23
substances. 24
As much as I enjoyed watching the ants 25
making their food choices, I concluded that 26
such encouragement was not good for our 27
relationship. So I cleared up my feeding station 28
and began my annual effort to eliminate or 29
protect the foods that invite ants to forage 30
indoors. 31
RC 3
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STOP. If there is time, you
may check your work in this
section only.
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16. The main purpose of the passage is to
describe how

(A) ants locate food and take it to their
nests.
(B) ants find their way into people’s
homes.
(C) the author learned about ants’ food
preferences.
(D) the author protects the kitchen
against ants.

I2ELAXXXAI01ILA050-AR22DW
17. The author’s attitude toward ants is best
described as one of

(A) annoyance.
(B) disgust.
(C) dismay.
(D) interest.

I2ELAXXXAO01EPLA050-AR23DW
18. The author turned the dinner plate upside
down (lines 12 –13) in order to

(A) make the food visible from far away.
(B) keep the food safe from other
insects.
(C) keep the ants from carrying the food
away.
(D) make it easier for the ants to climb
onto it.

I2ELAXXXAF02CPLA050-AR24AW
19. By saying that such encouragement
was not “good for our relationship”
(lines 27–28), the author is suggesting
that the ants could become

(A) annoying.
(B) dangerous.
(C) unappreciative.
(D) unfriendly.

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20. In line 30, “forage” most nearly means to

(A) build a nest.
(B) look for food.
(C) form a parade.
(D) raise offspring.




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until told to do so.
Section 4
Mathematics Achievement




Each question is followed by four suggested answers. Read each question and then decide which one of
the four suggested answers is best.

Find the row of spaces on your answer document that has the same number as the question. In this row,
mark the space having the same letter as the answer you have chosen. You may write in your test
booklet.

SAMPLE QUESTION: Sample Answer
Which number is divisible by 6 without a remainder?

(A) 16
(B) 33
(C) 48
(D) 64

The correct answer is 48, so circle C is darkened.

















Time: 25 minutes 25 Questions
4 MA
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1. Use the triangle to answer the question.



What is the perimeter of the triangle?
(P = s + s + s)

(A) 18 feet
(B) 36 feet
(C) 54 feet
(D) 72 feet

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2. A total of 28 students were asked which
one of three snacks—ice cream, popsicles,
or frozen yogurt—they preferred. If
17 students said they preferred ice cream,
and 4 students said they preferred
popsicles, how many students said they
preferred frozen yogurt?

(A) 7
(B) 11
(C) 15
(D) 21

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3. What is the name of a rectangle with sides
of equal length?

(A) hexagon
(B) octagon
(C) pentagon
(D) square

I2MLAXXXCN11AN00000-CA04AW
4. What is the standard form for two hundred
three thousand forty-nine?

(A) 203,049
(B) 203,409
(C) 230,490
(D) 234,900

I2MLAXXXCN11AGCQ011-CQ01BW
5. Use the number line to answer the
question.



What number is represented by point P on
the number line?

(A) 73
(B) 77
(C) 79
(D) 83

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6. What is the value of the expression
308 + 197?

(A) 405
(B) 495
(C) 505
(D) 515

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7. Which expression is equal to 20?

(A) (3 × 5) + 4 – 7
(B) 3 × (5 + 4) – 7
(C) 3 × 5 + (4 – 7)
(D) 3 × (5 + 4 – 7)

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8. A class put three cans full of water in the sun. Each can was covered and had a thermometer in it to
measure the temperature of the water in degrees Fahrenheit. One can was painted black, one can
was painted white, and one can was painted silver. The table shows the data collected.

TEMPERATURE EXPERIMENT
Black Can White Can Silver Can
Start 50°F 50°F 50°F
10 min 53°F 50°F 52°F
20 min 57°F 51°F 54°F
30 min 62°F 51°F 56°F
40 min 68°F 52°F 58°F
50 min 75°F 52°F 60°F

At 50 minutes, how much warmer was the water in the black can than the water in the white can?

(A) 8°F
(B) 13°F
(C) 18°F
(D) 23°F



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9. Which fraction is equivalent to 0.4?

(A)
1
4

(B)
1
40

(C)
4
10

(D)
4
100


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10. What is the value of the expression
2,000 – 165?

(A) 1,735
(B) 1,835
(C) 1,935
(D) 2,835

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11. If 2 × (□ + 4) = 22, what number does
□ stand for?

(A) 7
(B) 9
(C) 11
(D) 15

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12. Chris buys five items costing $3.49,
$11.99, $0.50, $2.99, and $16.99. What is
the estimated total cost of Chris’ items?

(A) between $20 and $25
(B) between $25 and $30
(C) between $30 and $35
(D) between $35 and $40

4 MA
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13. The graph shows the population of four towns.



How many more people live in Southville than live in Eastville?

(A) 3,000
(B) 5,000
(C) 10,000
(D) 15,000



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14. Lake Superior has an area of about
31,700 mi
2
. Which lake has an area closest
to
1
3
that of Lake Superior?

(A) Lake Nyasa, which has an area of
11,430 mi
2

(B) Lake Tanganyika, which has an area
of 12,700 mi
2

(C) Lake Huron, which has an area of
23,000 mi
2

(D) Lake Victoria, which has an area of
26,828 mi
2


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15. Use the diagram to answer the question.



If one of the cards is picked up at random,
what is the chance that it will be a ?

(A) 1 out of 4
(B) 1 out of 3
(C) 1 out of 2
(D) 2 out of 3

MA 4
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16. Use the table to answer the question.

HOPE SCHOOL’S SCORES
Event 1 7.9 8.2 8.3 7.8 8.0
Event 2 8.3 8.3 8.4 8.0 7.9
Event 3 7.6 8.1 7.5 7.4 7.7
Event 4 8.0 7.9 7.9 7.6 7.7

What is the mode of this set of data?

(A) 7.6
(B) 7.9
(C) 8.0
(D) 8.3



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17. Use the set of numbers shown to answer
the question.

{2, 3, 5, 7, 11, …}

Which describes this set of numbers?

(A) odd numbers
(B) even numbers
(C) prime numbers
(D) composite numbers

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18. If the area of a rectangle is 20 cm
2
, which
equation can be used to determine the
width of that rectangle? (A = lw, where
A = Area, l =length, and w = width.)

(A)
20
w
l
=
(B)
20
l
w =
(C) 20 w l = ÷
(D) 20 w l = +

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19. Which fraction is between
1
2
and
9
10
?

(A)
1
4

(B)
1
3

(C)
2
5

(D)
4
5


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20. Use the number sequence to answer the
question.

2, 4, 8, 14, 22, 32, ___

What is the next number in the sequence?

(A) 34
(B) 44
(C) 54
(D) 64

4 MA
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21. Use the Time Zone map to answer the question.



An airplane leaves Seattle at 1:00 P.M. and arrives 4 hours later in Detroit. What time is it in
Detroit?

(A) 10 A.M.
(B) 1 P.M.
(C) 5 P.M.
(D) 8 P.M.


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22. What is the sum of 2.9 + 1.7?

(A) 3
3
5

(B) 4
1
5

(C) 4
2
5

(D) 4
3
5


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23. What is the perimeter of a rectangle that
has a length of 8 inches and a width of
5 inches? (P = 2l + 2w)

(A) 13 inches
(B) 23 inches
(C) 26 inches
(D) 28 inches
MA 4
103
STOP. If there is time, you
may check your work in this
section only.

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24. Use the coordinate grid to answer the
question.



What are the coordinates of point P in the
figure?

(A) (1, 7)
(B) (1, 8)
(C) (8, 1)
(D) (8, 2)

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25. Terry had 5
5
8
feet of wire. He used
3
3
4
feet of the wire to make a lamp. How
many feet does he have left?

(A) 1
7
8

(B) 2
1
8

(C) 2
1
2

(D) 2
7
8











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Essay


LOWER LEVEL

Practice Test













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Essay Topic Sheet

The directions for the Essay portion of the ISEE are printed in the box below. Use the pre-lined pages in
Appendix B (pages 135–136) for this part of the Practice Test.

NOTE: The page references in the directions below refer to the page numbers at the bottom of the
answer sheet, not to the page numbers of the What to Expect on the ISEE book.


Directions continue on the next page.
You will have 30 minutes to plan and write an essay on the topic printed on the
other side of this page. Do not write on another topic. An essay on another
topic is not acceptable.

The essay is designed to give you an opportunity to show how well you can
write. You should try to express your thoughts clearly. How well you write is
much more important than how much you write, but you need to say enough
for a reader to understand what you mean.

You will probably want to write more than a short paragraph. You should also
be aware that a copy of your essay will be sent to each school that will be
receiving your test results. You are to write only in the appropriate section of
the answer sheet. Please write or print so that your writing may be read by
someone who is not familiar with your handwriting.

You may make notes and plan your essay on the reverse side of the page.
Allow enough time to copy the final form onto your answer sheet. You must
copy the essay topic onto your answer sheet, on page 3, in the box provided.

Please remember to write only the final draft of the essay on pages 3 and 4 of
your answer sheet and to write it in blue or black pen. Again, you may use
cursive writing or you may print. Only pages 3 and 4 will be sent to the schools.
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Notes























REMINDER: Please write this essay topic on the first few lines of page 3 of your answer
sheet.

Essay Topic





- Only write on this essay question
- Only pages 3 and 4 will be sent to the schools
- Only write in blue or black pen
If you were granted the power to change one thing about
your community, what would you change and why?

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SCORING THE
PRACTICE TEST

LOWER LEVEL

What to Expect on the ISEE Scoring the Practice Test
108

Step-by-Step Directions

When you have finished all five sections of the Practice Test, you will be ready to grade and score your
test. Follow the steps on these next pages exactly as written, and you will soon know your score and
how you did compared to other students who have taken a similar practice test, except for the essay.

You will have three scores when you finish: your raw score, your scaled score range, and your quartile
ranking. As you determine these three scores, enter them in the table below.

ISEE PRACTICE TEST SCORING
Verbal
Reasoning
Quantitative
Reasoning
Reading
Comprehension
Mathematics
Achievement
1. Raw Score
2. Scaled Score Range
3. Quartile


Finding Your Raw Score

The number of questions that you have answered correctly is called your “raw score.” As you will see,
you get one point for every question that you answer correctly, but no points for a question you answer
incorrectly or omit.

1. Turn to page 111 and place your answer sheet beside the column headed Verbal Reasoning.
2. Enter the answer that you chose for question 1 in the “Your Answer” column. Next, move to the
column to the right and put a “+” if your answer is correct. Leave this box blank if your answer
is wrong or if you skipped this question.
3. Continue until you have entered your answers beside the correct answers to each of the
30 Verbal Reasoning questions.
4. Move your Practice Test answer sheet beside the column headed Quantitative Reasoning on
page 112 and follow steps 2 and 3 above. (Note: Although the Practice Test Answer Key lists
questions by NCTM standards, on the actual Individual Student Report (ISR), your results for
Quantitative Reasoning are listed as “Word Problems.”)
5. Move to Reading Comprehension (page 113) and Mathematics Achievement (page 114) in turn
and follow steps 2 and 3 above. Remember to skip questions you did not answer as you mark
down your answers.
6. Count the number of correct (+) answers in each section. For example, if you have 12 “+” marks
in Verbal Reasoning, write 12 next to Total Correct.
7. Count each section separately and write down the number of correct answers next to Total
Correct. These are your raw scores.
8. Enter the raw scores for each section on line 1 of the table above.

For a full explanation of scaled scores, percentiles, and stanines, please see the “Understanding the
Individual Student Report (ISR)” section of this book.
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Finding Your Scaled Score

You will need to convert (change) your raw score to a scaled score to see what it means and how you
compare with other students who took a similar test. This step is necessary because there are different
forms of the ISEE, and the scaled score helps the people who score the ISEE compare your score with
other scores. We have provided a scaled score range for each raw score, because the Practice Test that
you took cannot be equated exactly with the real ISEE test. The reason: the Practice Test was not taken
under a real testing environment at a school or ISEE office. Nevertheless, the score you calculate here
will be sufficiently close for you to feel confident in the score you can expect. Your actual ISEE score
report will show a single scaled score for each section rather than the ranges shown on these conversion
tables. Follow these steps exactly.

1. Turn to the conversion tables on pages 115–118. Note there are several tables (one for each
section).
2. Find the correct conversion table for the raw score of the section you wish to equate. For
example, in the table for Verbal Reasoning, find the line that lists the total of your correct
answers (your “raw” score) on the Verbal Reasoning section. Find the reported range of scaled
scores beside your raw score. Record these numbers under the corresponding column on
line 2 of the table on page 108.
3. Repeat for the other three sections.

Finding Your Quartile Score

Your quartile score is based on how you compare to other students applying to the same grade. Using
the comparative data table that is next to the conversion table in each separate section, find the quartile
that corresponds to your scaled score. Record the quartile for each section on line 3 of the table on
page 108.

Reviewing Your Essay

The ISEE does NOT score your essay. A photocopy of your essay will be sent to each school you listed
to receive your scores. Each school will judge the essay independently, using its own standards.
Remember, the essay and the rest of the ISEE are only two of the pieces of information admission
officers will use to determine your potential for success at their schools.

For this Practice Test, we suggest that you ask an adult who knows you to read your practice essay and
give you feedback about how you did, using the tips for essay writing found on page 58.

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ISEE Practice Test Answer Keys

Verbal Reasoning Answer Key—Lower Level (30 items)

























Item Key
Your
Answer
+ If
Correct
*Type
1 D S
2 B S
3 C S
4 C S
5 A S
6 B S
7 C S
8 C S
9 D S
10 C S
11 D S
12 D S
13 B S
14 D S
15 D S
16 A SWR
17 A SWR
18 C SWR
19 A SWR
20 A SWR
21 D SWR
22 D SWR
23 C SWR
24 B SWR
25 D SWR
26 C PR
27 D PR
28 B PR
29 B PR
30 C PR
TOTAL CORRECT
*Key to Type of Item

S = Synonyms
SWR = Single Word Response
PR = Phrase Response
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Quantitative Reasoning Answer Key—Lower Level (35 items)

Item Key
Your
Answer
+ If
Correct
*Type
1 A ND
2 C NW
3 B NW
4 A M
5 A A
6 B G
7 B NW
8 A ND
9 D A
10 D D
11 D D
12 D A
13 C M
14 D A
15 D A
16 B A
17 A ND
18 C D
19 C ND
20 A A
21 D NW
22 C M
23 B ND
24 D G
25 C ND
26 B ND
27 C D
28 C M
29 A D
30 B A
31 B G
32 D D
33 B NW
34 B NW
35 D A
TOTAL CORRECT








(On the actual Individual Student Report, your results for Quantitative Reasoning will only list
Word Problems.)
*Key to Type of Item
NW = Numbers and Operations A = Algebraic Concepts
(Whole Numbers) G = Geometry
ND = Numbers and Operations M = Measurement
(Decimals, Percents, Fractions) D = Data Analysis and Probability
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Reading Comprehension Answer Key—Lower Level (20 items)
















Item Key
Your
Answer
+ If
Correct
*Type
1 C MI
2 C OL
3 A V
4 C SI
5 D OL
6 A MI
7 C OL
8 A I
9 C I
10 C OL
11 D MI
12 C V
13 C I
14 A OL
15 D SI
16 C MI
17 D I
18 D OL
19 A T/S/F
20 B V
TOTAL CORRECT
*Key to Type of Item
MI = Main Idea
SI = Supporting Ideas
I = Inference
V = Vocabulary
O/L = Organization/Logic
T/S/F = Tone/Style/Figurative Language

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Mathematics Achievement Answer Key—Lower Level (25 items)

Item Key
Your
Answer
+ If
Correct
*Type
1 B M
2 A D
3 D G
4 A NW
5 B NW
6 C NW
7 B A
8 D D
9 C ND
10 B NW
11 A A
12 D ND
13 D D
14 A NW
15 B D
16 B D
17 C NW
18 A A
19 D ND
20 B A
21 D M
22 D ND
23 C M
24 C G
25 A ND
TOTAL CORRECT












*Key to Type of Item

NW = Numbers and Operations A = Algebraic Concepts
(Whole Numbers) G = Geometry
ND = Numbers and Operations M = Measurement
(Decimals, Percents, Fractions) D = Data Analysis and Probability
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115

Practice Test Conversion Tables and Percentiles (Quartiles)

Verbal Reasoning Conversion Table —Lower Level











































*Minimum reported range is 30 points wide.
2009 ISEE Practice Tests
Scaled Score Ranges
(Min. = 760 and Max. = 903)
Raw
Score
*Reported Range
30
29
28
27
26
25
24
23
22
21
20
19
18
17
16
15
14
13
12
11
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
0
873
869
865
861
857
853
849
846
842
838
834
830
826
822
818
814
811
807
803
799
795
791
787
783
779
776
772
768
764
760
760
903
899
895
891
887
883
879
876
872
868
864
860
856
852
848
844
841
837
833
829
825
821
817
813
809
806
802
798
794
790
786
Comparative Data
Scaled Score Quartiles
Based on 2007–2008 ISEE Norms
Applicants
to Grade
75th 50th 25th
5
6
864
876
851
862
836
848
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Quantitative Reasoning Conversion Table —Lower Level













































*Minimum reported range is 30 points wide.
2009 ISEE Practice Tests
Scaled Score Ranges
(Min. = 766 and Max. = 911)
Raw
Score
*Reported Range
35
34
33
32
31
30
29
28
27
26
25
24
23
22
21
20
19
18
17
16
15
14
13
12
11
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
0
881
878
875
871
868
865
862
858
855
852
848
845
842
838
835
832
829
825
822
819
815
812
809
805
802
799
796
792
789
786
782
779
776
772
769
766
911
908
905
901
898
895
892
888
885
882
878
875
872
868
865
862
859
855
852
849
845
842
839
835
832
829
826
822
819
816
812
809
806
802
799
796
Comparative Data
Scaled Score Quartiles
Based on 2007–2008 ISEE Norms
Applicants
to GRADE
75th 50th 25th
5
6
863
866
848
855
834
846
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Reading Comprehension Conversion Table —Lower Level

































*Minimum reported range is 30 points wide.
Range can be wider at some points.



2009 ISEE Practice Tests
Scaled Score Ranges
(Min. = 764 and Max. = 913)
Raw
Score
*Reported Range
20
19
18
17
16
15
14
13
12
11
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
0
883
877
871
865
859
853
848
842
836
830
824
818
812
806
800
794
788
782
776
770
764
913
907
901
895
889
883
878
872
866
860
854
848
842
836
830
824
818
812
806
800
794
Comparative Data
Scaled Score Quartiles
Based on 2007–2008 ISEE Norms
Applicants
to GRADE
75th 50th 25th
5
6
864
876
848
858
829
839
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Mathematics Achievement Conversion Table—Lower Level

2009 ISEE Practice Tests
Scaled Score Ranges
(Min. = 769 and Max. = 899)
Raw
Score
*Reported Range
25
24
23
22
21
20
19
18
17
16
15
14
13
12
11
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
0
869
865
861
857
853
849
845
841
837
833
829
825
821
817
813
809
805
801
797
793
789
785
781
777
773
769
899
895
891
887
883
879
875
871
867
863
859
855
851
847
843
839
835
831
827
823
819
815
811
807
803
799
*Minimum reported range is 30 points wide.
Comparative Data
Scaled Score Quartiles
Based on 2007–2008 ISEE Norms
Applicants
to GRADE
75th 50th 25th
5
6
870
876
857
866
844
855

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UNDERSTANDING THE
INDIVIDUAL STUDENT
REPORT (ISR)

LOWER LEVEL

What to Expect on the ISEE Understanding the Individual Student Report
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Figure 1. Sample ISR – Lower Level

Sample Individual Student Report (ISR)

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121

The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) consists of verbal and quantitative reasoning sections,
mathematics and reading comprehension achievement sections, and an essay that demonstrates a
student’s writing skills. The reasoning sections (Verbal and Quantitative) measure what a student is
capable of achieving or learning; the Mathematics Achievement and Reading Comprehension
sections show how well the student understands concepts already studied.

The purpose of this section of this book is to help students and their parents understand the information
presented in the Individual Student Report (ISR). The ISR is a concise and useful summary of the
student’s performance on the ISEE. Different parts of the report provide information that may be used in
the admission process to understand, compare, and evaluate student performance. A complete, actual
sample ISR is shown on the previous page (Figure 1). Two parts of the report—the Test Profile and
Analysis—are explained on the following pages.

Test Profile

The Test Profile near the top of the report provides information about the student’s overall performance
on each section of the ISEE, except the essay; an unscored copy of the essay is sent to each school for
which the student requests score reports.

Figure 2 shows the Test Profile from the sample ISR in Figure 1.


Figure 2. Sample Test Profile

The ISEE scores are reported in four ways in order to provide a comprehensive picture of the student’s
performance:

- Scaled Scores
- Percentile Rank
- Stanine
- Stanine Analysis

The Test Profile reports ISEE scores both as scaled scores and as percentile ranks with reference to
ISEE norms. These norms are based on independent school applicants in the same grade who have taken
the ISEE during the past three years. The Test Profile also shows stanines and a stanine analysis. These
terms are discussed on the following pages.
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The norm group for this test is a very competitive group of students who are applying to independent
schools. Therefore, a student is compared only to other students in the same grade who have applied to
independent schools in the last three years. Given that this is a competitive group of students, a student’s
performance may be less than what it has been on other tests where the comparison group is less
selective. Admission offices are aware of this difference in the norming populations and do not expect
all applicants to be “above” the norm.

Scaled Scores

ISEE scaled scores for each section range from 760 to 940. The scaled score is derived from the raw
score—the number of questions the student answered correctly—but is more useful than the raw score
because the scaled score has the same meaning regardless of which version of the test was used. ERB
administers many different versions of the test each year. The scaled score takes these slight differences
into account and allows ERB to report a score on a common scale that has the same meaning for all
students, regardless of the version taken.

Percentile Rank

The percentile rank shows the student’s standing when compared to other students in the norm group for
this examination. The rank is based on scores obtained from all students in a given grade who have
taken the test over the past three years. Percentile rank scores range from 1 to 99. A percentile rank of 36
on Mathematics Achievement, for example, as depicted in Figure 2, indicates that the student scored as
well as or better than 36 percent of all students in the norm group and less well than 63 percent (out of a
total of 99 percentile points).

Small differences in percentile ranks on different tests may or may not represent significant differences
in performance on those sections. For this reason, ISEE scores are also reported as stanines.

Stanine

A stanine is a score from 1 to 9, with 5 as the midpoint. Stanines are derived by dividing the entire range
of students’ scores into nine segments, as follows:

Percentile
Rank
Stanine
1–3 1
4–10 2
11–22 3
23–39 4
40–59 5
60–76 6
77–88 7
89–95 8
96–99 9

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123

Stanine Analysis

The stanine analysis permits comparisons between a student’s performance on both the ability tests and
the related achievement tests. Specifically, these comparisons are made between Verbal Reasoning (V)
and Reading Comprehension (R), and between Quantitative Reasoning (Q) and Mathematics
Achievement (M). Each letter in the stanine analysis box in the Test Profile is the midpoint of a band
that extends to either side of the stanine score. The percentile score is an estimate of a student’s ability
or knowledge. We can be reasonably certain that a student’s “true score” falls within the band reflected
by a particular stanine. If the stanine is 5, for example, the percentile rank range is 40–59.

In the example shown in Figure 2, the band for Reading Comprehension (R) is a bit lower than, but still
overlaps, the band for Verbal Reasoning (V). This indicates that the student’s performance in reading is
mostly consistent with the estimate of her verbal reasoning ability. To a degree, because the band for
Reading Comprehension is slightly to the left of the band for Verbal Reasoning, we can infer that the
student was working below her potential. Conversely, if the Reading Comprehension band were
completely to the right of the Verbal Reasoning band, we could be reasonably certain that the student
was performing better than expected. The same kinds of comparisons can be made between the
Mathematics Achievement and the Quantitative Reasoning bands.

Analysis

In the Analysis part of the ISR, each section score indicates the number of questions answered correctly,
the number of questions answered incorrectly, and the number of questions omitted or not reached. Each
section score is broken down by type of question, providing more specific information about a student’s
relative strengths and weaknesses.

Figure 3 shows the Analysis part of the sample ISR in Figure 1.



















Figure 3. Sample Analysis
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In the first column, each section is broken down into curricular areas and/or skills. The next two
columns show the number of questions and the number the student answered correctly for each
subsection. The symbols in the fourth and final column indicate whether the student answered each
individual question in the subsection correctly (+), answered the question incorrectly (–), skipped the
question (S), or did not reach the question (N). Questions coded S are those that appear to have been
deliberately skipped by the student, since subsequent questions in the subsection were answered.
Questions coded N are at the end of the section (not necessarily at the end of the subsection) and were
not answered, perhaps because the student ran out of time.

For all levels, the left-to-right sequence of symbols in the fourth column reflects the order of the
questions in the section. In general, questions in each section are ordered by difficulty, with the easier
questions at the beginning and the harder questions at the end. This is not the case for Reading
Comprehension, however, as questions in that section are placed in logical order as they relate to the
associated reading passage.

Verbal Reasoning

The Verbal Reasoning section includes 15 synonym questions and 15 sentence completion questions
(10 single word response questions and 5 phrase response questions). The synonyms assess a student’s
vocabulary as well as his or her ability to understand relationships among words and subtle differences
in meaning. Sentence completion requires the student to successfully integrate information beyond the
immediate context of the phrase/sentence and incorporate subsuming concepts and ideas presented in the
text using syntactic and semantic cues. The results shown in Figure 3 indicate the student was able to
answer all of the questions.

Quantitative Reasoning

There are 35 multiple choice questions evenly distributed across the mathematical strands. This section
requires the student to show an understanding of concepts by using logical reasoning, synthesis, skill,
and comprehension. To solve a word problem, the student must invoke a rule and then apply it. In the
example in Figure 3, the student did not answer the last question.

Reading Comprehension

The Reading Comprehension section has 20 questions: five questions for each reading passage. These
include questions on main idea, supporting ideas, inference, vocabulary in context, organization, logic,
and figurative language. The questions are listed in order as they appear on the test within each of the
reading passage sections. For the other three sections of the test: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative
Reasoning, and Mathematics Achievement, the test is arranged so that easier items appear first
and more difficult items appear later.
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Mathematics Achievement

There are 25 items on the Mathematics Achievement section covering six skill areas. In line with a
traditional notion of mathematics achievement, these items call for the identification of and solutions to
problems requiring one or more steps in calculation. Looking at the results for this student on the
Mathematics Achievement section, it appears the student may have run out of time, since two questions
were not reached. However, the information shown for each skill area may be useful for placement
purposes.


Conclusion

Putting the ISEE in Perspective

It is helpful to remember that students in more than one grade are taking a particular level of the ISEE.
Therefore it is possible that some of the questions may seem particularly difficult to you because you
may not have learned some of the concepts in school yet. Your score on the ISEE is compared to only
students in your grade, and those students are probably learning about the same things that you are. In
that case, good preparation for the test includes being attentive in school and keeping up with your class
work and homework. There are no benefits to frantically reviewing materials at the last minute, and in
fact, you will probably make yourself very anxious if you do this. It is more important to get a good
night’s sleep the night before and to have a proper breakfast. Remember that your ISEE scores are only
part of the admission process. Schools also want to know about you as a person and what you can
contribute to their school community.

We wish you the best of luck in your school search and hope that this book has been helpful in
showing you what to expect on the ISEE. For more information, please visit ERB’s web site at
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APPENDICES

LOWER LEVEL

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Appendix A
ISEE Content and Specifications

The sample questions and practice tests represent actual questions from previous tests, as well as newly
developed questions similar to what students will find on the current ISEE. As a result, students get the
best examples of the kinds of questions and the approximate level of difficulty that they will find when
they take the ISEE. The purpose of this appendix is to provide students and their parents with additional
information about the ISEE.

Verbal Reasoning

Over the past century, academic and behavioral research have identified specific abilities that are
relevant to academic performance and, therefore, can be used as predictors of academic success. Verbal
reasoning and quantitative reasoning are among those abilities and are an integral part of the ISEE.

Verbal reasoning is the ability to reason, infer, and interpret words, sentences, and discourse in order to
extract meaning and solve problems. The student must recognize relationships, make contrasts and
comparisons, follow logic, analyze problems, and think critically about what is being asked or
expressed. Item types that are often used for verbal reasoning include the following: extracting explicit
information, following directions, inferring word or phrase meaning, determining main idea of text,
analyzing similar and dissimilar concepts and situations, and evaluating strength and logic of arguments.

The Verbal Reasoning section of the ISEE is composed of two kinds of questions: synonyms and
sentence completions. Both of these kinds of questions test the depth and breadth of the student’s
vocabulary, and both test reasoning ability in different ways. Synonyms focus more on word recognition
and the ability to understand the relationships of other words and to discriminate among subtle
differences in meaning. The reasoning function of synonyms takes place when the student must choose
the word that is closest in meaning to the prompt word from among two or more related answer choices.

Sentence completion questions not only test vocabulary, but also measure a student’s knowledge of
words and their functions. The student must use both syntactic and semantic information within the text
and identify cues within the given sentence and across sentences. The student will be required to
successfully integrate information beyond the immediate context of the phrase/sentence and incorporate
subsuming concepts and ideas presented in the text.

In the Lower Level forms of the ISEE, the sentence completion answer choices are single words or short
phrases that complete a sentence fragment in the test item so the complete sentence has logical meaning.
Sentence completions in the Middle and Upper Level forms are more complex.

The following table shows the total number of test items on the actual Verbal Reasoning section of the
Lower Level ISEE.
VERBAL REASONING SECTION
Item Type Number of Items
Synonyms 17
Sentence Completion: Single Word Response
Sentence Completion: Phrase Response
11
6
Total Items for Verbal Reasoning Section 34

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Of the 34 total items, 30 are scorable items reported on the ISR, and 4 are unscored items that may be
used on future versions of the ISEE.

Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative Reasoning section has the student show that he or she can do more than recall and
recognize facts, definitions, and symbols; read a graph and compute using standard algorithms; or
estimate answers to computation problems. The reasoning section requires the student to show an
understanding of concepts by using logical reasoning, synthesis, skill, and comprehension. These
questions ask the student to relate and integrate his or her knowledge of mathematics. They allow the
student to show that he or she can apply that knowledge by interpreting data, solving application
problems, estimating, recognizing patterns, and solving non-routine problems. The kinds of questions
that are in the Quantitative Reasoning section are often called higher-order thinking problems.

Quantitative reasoning entails the ability to use numbers and numerical concepts in order to solve
problems. Questions may ask the student to recognize and apply a required numerical operation;
estimate numerical values; employ logic to determine what a particular problem entails; compare and
contrast quantities; analyze and interpret data; analyze, compare, predict, draw conclusions, and
summarize graphs; use reason to calculate the probability of events; understand concepts and
applications of measurement; and know how to arrive at statistical solutions to given problems.
Questions require the student to synthesize information, determine what is relevant (and irrelevant),
select appropriate analysis techniques, and apply them. The emphasis is on the ability to reason and
solve problems in a quantitative context. Actual calculations may or may not be required.

The Quantitative Reasoning section of the Lower Level ISEE consists of word problems that differ
somewhat from traditional mathematics achievement items in that some of them require no calculation.
To solve a quantitative reasoning word problem, the student must invoke a rule and then apply it. The
emphasis is on rule generation, hence the absence of calculation in some items and the simplicity of
calculation in others.

The following table shows the total number of items on the actual Lower Level Quantitative Reasoning
section.

QUANTITATIVE REASONING SECTION
Item Type Number of Items
Word Problems 38
Total Items for Quantitative Reasoning Section 38

Of the 38 total items, 35 are scorable items reported on the ISR, and 3 are unscored items that may be
used on future versions of the ISEE.

A key aspect of all quantitative reasoning word problems is that all incorrect responses are based on
logical errors, not miscalculations or other errors in form. Another feature of these problems is that they
may contain irrelevant information. The rationale is twofold. First, in a reasoning item, part of the
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problem is to sort the relevant from the irrelevant, just as a mathematician or scientist would do. Second,
as students take additional tests in the future, such as college admission tests and other tests that include
quantitative reasoning items, they will see more and more problems with irrelevant information. In one
sense, the ISEE begins to prepare students for this experience.

Reading Comprehension

Texts of various genres are used to assess reading comprehension, e.g., narrative, expository, persuasive,
or descriptive texts. Each genre presents features particular to it and may require that different reading
skills be engaged to understand and interpret the text’s meaning. For example, a persuasive passage will
likely require the reader to follow the logic of a set of arguments, contrast counterpoints, and evaluate
the opposing points of view. A narrative, on the other hand, may demand attention to detail and the
sequencing of events.

Reading comprehension may be affected not only by text type, but also by question type. Questions may
ask for straightforward comprehension of what is explicitly stated in the passage or may demand that the
reader be aware of implicit ideas. The reader may need to infer, interpret, analyze, and/or synthesize
information in order to arrive at a correct answer to a given question.

All ISEE Reading Comprehension test items are based on passages of varying lengths. For the Lower
Level test, passage length varies from 300 to 600 words. The test items that follow each reading passage
measure a student’s ability relative to Main Idea, Supporting Ideas, Inference, Vocabulary,
Organization/Logic, and Tone/Style/Figurative Language, as described in the NCTE strands.

Explanation of Strands in Reading Comprehension Section

- The Main Idea items assess the student’s ability to look for an overall message, theme, or central
idea in the passage.
- The Supporting Ideas items assess the student’s ability to identify explicit ideas that support the
main idea.
- Inference items ask the student to draw a conclusion from content not explicitly stated in the text.
Inference items may ask the student to compare and contrast ideas, interpret or analyze text,
and/or predict subsequent events or outcomes.
- Vocabulary items deal with word definitions within the context of the passage, usually in the
form of “most nearly means.”
- Organization/Logic items ask students to identify the sequence, pattern, relationship, structure,
or summary of the passage.
- Tone/Style/Figurative Language items assess the student’s understanding of mood, tone, point of
view, and figurative language such as images, irony, and personification.

At the Lower Level, there are five passages in the Reading Comprehension section, each followed by
five questions that relate to the passage. The five questions that follow each passage test the concepts
described above.
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The following table shows the total number of items in the actual Lower Level Reading Comprehension
section.

READING COMPREHENSION SECTION
ISEE Strand
Number of Items
Per Strand
Main Idea 3–4
Supporting Ideas 3–6
Inference 4–8
Vocabulary 4–8
Organization/Logic 2–4
Tone/Style/Figurative Language 1–3
Total Items on Reading Comprehension Section 25

Of the 25 total items, 20 are scorable items reported on the ISR, and 5 are unscored items that may be
used on future versions of the ISEE.

Mathematics Achievement

Mathematics Achievement test items conform to the traditional mathematics achievement items that call
for the identification and solution of a problem requiring one or more steps in calculation. Based on the
strands of the NCTM, the items require calculations ranging from simple addition and subtraction
(Lower Level) to second-year algebra (Upper Level). Item formats and rules for generating items are
summarized below.

- Items measure knowledge of content area and academic skills.
- Items assess what mathematics the student has been taught and how much the student is able to
do.
- Incorrect answer choices are based on process errors (e.g., miscalculations, using wrong
operations, wrong formulas).
- Items have the following characteristics:
o They are more concrete than abstract. They require application of standard mathematical
rules in standard situations.
o They require knowledge of terminology.
o They require knowledge of procedures, as well as concepts.

The ISEE Mathematics Achievement section on the actual Lower Level test contains 30 items. The
following table shows the skill areas and approximate number of questions testing those skill areas for
the Middle Level Mathematics Achievement section.
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MATHEMATICS ACHIEVEMENT SECTION
Skill Areas Number of Items
Whole Numbers 4–7
Decimals, Percents, Fractions 4–7
Algebraic Concepts 4–7
Geometry 2–5
Measurement 2–5
Data Analysis and Probability 4–7
Total Items on Mathematics Achievement Section 30

Of the 30 total items, 25 are scorable items reported on the ISR, and 5 are unscored items that may be
used on future versions of the ISEE.

The Mathematics Achievement section has a direct connection to what the student is learning or has
learned in mathematics in school. As stated previously, since each level is given to students in more than
one grade, it is possible that some of the questions may seem difficult because the student has not yet
learned some of the concepts. This is particularly true of the Mathematics Achievement section. But the
student’s ISEE score is compared only to students in the same grade who are also applying to
independent schools, students who are probably learning about the same things in school.

Essay

The essay prompts on the ISEE were created to be consistent with the prompts on previous editions of
the ISEE. All prompts are free of bias, global in scope, and representative of a wide variety of topics.
The Lower Level prompts ask students to write an essay that is of interest and relevant to the
experiences of students at this age. The essay will give further insight into what is important to the
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Appendix B
Answer Sheet

Use the answer sheet and pre-lined pages in this appendix for the Practice Test. You may want to
photocopy the answer sheet to make it more convenient to use during the Practice Test.

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Index

Algebraic Concepts, 31–32, 49–50
Analysis (ISR), 123–124
Answer Keys, 111–114
Appendices, 126–136
Conversion Tables, 115–118
Data Analysis and Probability, 37–38, 55–56
Decimals, Percents, Fractions, 47–48, 28–30
Essay, 12, 57–66, 104–106, 131
Geometry, 33–34, 51–52
Individual Student Report (ISR), 119–125
Inference, 39, 129–130
Introduction to the ISEE, 9–20
Main Idea, 39, 129–130
Mathematics Achievement, 11–12
Mathematics Achievement: Answer Key, 114
Mathematics Achievement: Content/
Specifications, 130–131
Mathematics Achievement: Conversion
Table, 118
Mathematics Achievement: Individual Student
Report (ISR), 125
Mathematics Achievement: Practice Test,
96–103
Mathematics Achievement: Sample Test
Questions, 43–56
Measurement, 35–36, 53–54
NCTE, 10, 129
NCTM, 10, 27, 43, 130
Numbers and Operations, 28–30, 45–48
Organization/Logic, 39, 129
Percentile, 108–109, 121–122
Practice Test, 67–106
Practice Test Answer Sheet, 132–136
Quantitative Reasoning, 11
Quantitative Reasoning: Answer Key, 112
Quantitative Reasoning: Content/
Specifications, 128–129
Quantitative Reasoning: Conversion Table, 116
Quantitative Reasoning: Individual Student
Report (ISR), 124
Quantitative Reasoning: Practice Test, 76–85
Quantitative Reasoning: Sample Test
Questions, 27–38
Raw Score, 18, 108–109
Reading Comprehension, 11
Reading Comprehension: Answer Key, 113
Reading Comprehension: Content/
Specifications, 129–130
Reading Comprehension: Conversion
Table, 117
Reading Comprehension: Individual Student
Report (ISR), 124
Reading Comprehension: Practice Test, 86–95
Reading Comprehension: Sample Test
Questions, 39–42
Sample Test Questions and Essay, 21– 66
Scaled Score, 18, 121–122
Scoring the Practice Test, 107–118
Sentence Completion, 22, 25–26, 127
Stanine, 19, 108–109, 121–122
Stanine Analysis, 123
Supporting Ideas, 39, 129
Synonyms, 22–24
Test Directions, 69
Test Profile (ISR), 121–123
Time Allotted, 16, 68
Tone/Style/Figurative Language, 39, 129
Understanding the Individual Student Report
(ISR), 119–125
Verbal Reasoning, 11
Verbal Reasoning: Answer Key, 111
Verbal Reasoning: Content/
Specifications, 127–128
Verbal Reasoning: Conversion Table, 115
Verbal Reasoning: Individual Student
Report (ISR), 124
Verbal Reasoning: Practice Test, 70–75
Verbal Reasoning: Sample Test
Questions, 22–26
Vocabulary, 39, 129
Whole Numbers, 28, 45–46
Word Problems, 11, 128–129


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since the ISEE may be different from other tests you have taken in the past. You are probably going to be taking the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) sometime soon. the directions. Even the answer sheets we have included are the same! Please be sure to read the test directions on page 69 and the explanation of your score report on pages 119–125. The ISEE Staff . and we hope that this book will help you in preparing for this experience. you will know more about what to expect on your test day and feel comfortable with the types of questions. You will also have a chance to become familiar with the exact directions on the test. and the answer sheet on the ISEE. We hope that after spending some time with this book. The questions that you will see in the “Sample Test Questions” and the “Practice Test” sections are not the same questions that you will find on the real test.Dear Student. We wish you and your family the best of luck as you embark on this exciting educational adventure. With warm regards. but they are similar to those questions and have been written by the same people who wrote the actual ISEE. This book is intended to help you become familiar with the ISEE.

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.51 Measurement................................................................................................................................................35 Data Analysis and Probability .....11 Information for Students.................................................................................13 Why Is the ISEE Required? .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................57 Tips for Writing the Essay ......14 Reminders for Your Student .......................................................37 Reading Comprehension..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................13 Information for Adults ..............................10 How Does a Student Arrange to Take the ISEE? ...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................43 Numbers and Operations: Whole Numbers ..........................28 Algebraic Concepts ...............................47 Algebraic Concepts ...................................................................................10 What Types of Questions Are on the ISEE?.....................45 Numbers and Operations: Decimals................................................................................................................................................22 Synonyms...............................................................59 5 ................................10 What Is the ISEE? .14 How You Can Help Your Student Prepare for the ISEE ......................................................................................................................................................................53 Data Analysis and Probability ......................27 Numbers and Operations.................25 Quantitative Reasoning.........................................What to Expect on the ISEE Table of Contents Table of Contents Introduction to the ISEE 9 Background Information....................................................................................................................................................................................................................49 Geometry.........................15 Sample Test Questions and Essay 21 Verbal Reasoning..........................................13 What Happens to My Scores?............14 How This Book Can Help Your Student Prepare for the ISEE ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................33 Measurement..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................39 Mathematics Achievement .................................................................13 How Will This Book Help Me? ..................................................................................................................................14 Frequently Asked Questions ................23 Sentence Completion .......................................................................................................................................................................................................... Fractions .........................................................................................58 Sample Essay Topics .......... Percents.................................................55 Writing the Essay................................................................................................................................31 Geometry..................................................................................

...................................................................114 Practice Test Conversion Tables and Percentiles (Quartiles)...............................................................................................................................................................................124 Reading Comprehension ..................................116 Reading Comprehension Conversion Table .............................................121 Scaled Scores ............................................125 Conclusion ....................................................................................................76 Reading Comprehension Practice Test ..............................111 Verbal Reasoning Answer Key.....................................................122 Stanine Analysis..........................................................................................109 ISEE Practice Test Answer Keys..................................................115 Quantitative Reasoning Conversion Table ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................115 Verbal Reasoning Conversion Table ...........................................................................................................................108 Finding Your Raw Score .............96 Essay Practice Test .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................124 Quantitative Reasoning............What to Expect on the ISEE Table of Contents Practice Test 67 Using the Practice Test ........................................123 Verbal Reasoning.............................................69 Verbal Reasoning Practice Test.................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................70 Quantitative Reasoning Practice Test ..............................................................................120 Test Profile (ISR).................................................................................................................................................................................................109 Reviewing Your Essay.....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................68 Test Directions...................................................................................................................................................................117 Mathematics Achievement Conversion Table .........104 Scoring the Practice Test 107 Step-by-Step Directions...........................................................................86 Mathematics Achievement Practice Test..........................123 Analysis .......................122 Percentile Rank .....................................................................................................................122 Stanine......................................................................................................................................................................................................118 Understanding the Individual Student Report (ISR) 119 Sample Individual Student Report (ISR) ...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................111 Quantitative Reasoning Answer Key...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................108 Finding Your Scaled Score ................125 6 .................................................................113 Mathematics Achievement Answer Key....................124 Mathematics Achievement.....................................................................................................................112 Reading Comprehension Answer Key................................................................................................................109 Finding Your Quartile Score........................................

.....................................................................128 Reading Comprehension ...................130 Essay ...............................................What to Expect on the ISEE Table of Contents Appendices 126 Appendix A: ISEE Content and Specifications ...................................127 Verbal Reasoning...................................................................................129 Mathematics Achievement.............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................132 Index 137 7 ......................131 Appendix B: Answer Sheet..........................................................127 Quantitative Reasoning..............................................................................................................................

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that is. Durham. each student’s performance is measured against a norm group made up of students applying to independent schools in the same grade who have tested over the past three years. it may be taken only for the purpose of providing scores to participating schools as part of the admission process. Students seeking admission to grades 5 or 6 take the Lower Level. Reading Comprehension. Results are reported in percentile ranks. The ISEE is given by consortia of schools in cities throughout the United States where schools have joined together and have chosen to use a common entrance test program. and an Essay which is written by the student in response to a given writing prompt. The ISEE was created by Measurement Incorporated. Each section is designed to tap into a unique aspect of a student’s preparation for academic work. with assistance from faculty of ERB member schools. The five sections that make up the ISEE are (in order of testing): Verbal Reasoning. How Does a Student Arrange to Take the ISEE? Students may take the ISEE in one of the following ways: 1. 10 . Nearly two-thirds of the questions on the ISEE were developed by ERB-member faculty and administrators from a cross section of independent schools across the United States under the direction of test development specialists at Measurement Incorporated.What to Expect on the ISEE Introduction to the ISEE Background Information What Is the ISEE? The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) is an admission test developed by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) for its member schools as part of their admission process. The ISEE is given at individual school test sites at a wide variety of schools throughout the country and abroad and on a number of test dates. The ISEE consists of five sections at three levels designed to measure the verbal and quantitative reasoning and achievement of students in grades 4 –11 seeking admission to grades 5 –12 in independent schools. The first four sections consist entirely of multiple-choice questions. along with the score report. The current edition has been updated to include educational assessment best practices and to align with national standards in English and mathematics as articulated in standards adopted by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). 2. The ISEE is the admission test of choice for many independent schools throughout the country and abroad. and students seeking admission to grades 9–12 take the Upper Level. It is important to note that the ISEE may not be taken for practice. students seeking admission to grades 7 or 8 take the Middle Level. NC. and ERB. Quantitative Reasoning. Test sites are available in numerous cities during the admission testing season. Mathematics Achievement. The essay is not scored but sent directly to the school(s) to which the student has applied. More will be said about how the test is scored on pages 18–20. An applicant may take the ISEE only once per admission season or six month window.

in the Reading Comprehension section. Suite 100 New York. The ISEE is given at the ERB office in New York and at offices in other parts of the country and abroad. ext. measure the applicant’s reasoning ability. Reading Comprehension and Mathematics Achievement. NY 10017 800-989-3721. For more information.  In order to determine a student’s reading comprehension skills.  At the Lower Level. grade-level appropriate word followed by four potential answer choices. visit www.erblearn. A student must select the word or phrase that most appropriately completes the context of the sentence. the essay. Each sentence completion item consists of a sentence with one word or phrase missing followed by four potential answer choices.What to Expect on the ISEE Introduction to the ISEE 3. which is updated each year and is available from the independent schools who administer the test. is not scored but requires the student to respond to a preselected writing prompt.erblearn. history.org Complete registration information may be found in the ISEE Student Guide. contact: Educational Records Bureau 220 E. The next two sections. For online registration information. 11 . 4. Arrangements for testing with accommodations and for administrations in remote locations may be made with the ISEE Executive Director. 9812 www. 42nd Street. The fifth section. The word problems differ somewhat from traditional mathematics achievement items in that some of them require either no calculation or simple calculation. the student is asked to read a passage and then answer items specific to that passage.  The Verbal Reasoning test consists of two types of items: vocabulary and sentence completion. measure the applicant’s ability to correctly answer curriculum-based concepts that are appropriate at that grade level according to curriculum standards adopted by the National Council of Teachers of English and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. contemporary life. The first two sections. the Quantitative Reasoning test consists of word problems. Each vocabulary item consists of an abstract. and science. What Types of Questions Are on the ISEE? The first four sections are composed of multiple-choice questions. Each passage is especially written to contain contemporary information and to be of high interest to students in upper elementary grades.org. The passages cover a variety of subject areas including arts. The five passages in this section are age-appropriate and length-appropriate. Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning.

They are designed to prompt a student to write an informed essay on a particular topic. ERB does not score the written essay. The items require one or more steps in calculating the answer. Each one is one or two sentences long and asks students to respond to the situation described. Each prompt is free of bias. The prompts rotate throughout the testing season.What to Expect on the ISEE Introduction to the ISEE  Mathematics Achievement items conform to national mathematics standards and ask the student to identify the problem and find a solution to a problem. They do not send a copy of the essay to the parents. They send a copy of the essay to the school(s) designated on the ISEE registration form along with the scores on the rest of the test. The Essay is written by the student in response to a writing “prompt” or topic that is grade-level appropriate. and representative of a wide variety of subjects. these prompts have been written for a contemporary feel and a high level of interest to current students. 12 . or to the world in general. Prompts may relate to the student. global in scope. As is true of the passages in the Reading Comprehension section. to the student’s community.

They will send a copy of your test scores (but not a copy of the essay) to your family. ERB will send copies of the scores and the essay you wrote to the schools that you have chosen. read sample questions and answers with an explanation of each correct answer choice. Reminder: The ISEE may be taken only when making a formal application to a school(s). and you may not take the ISEE for practice. within seven to ten business days. By requiring an admission test for all students entering the same grade. and possibly an interview. We hope that working through this book will make you feel even more confident and prepared when you take the ISEE because you will know what to expect. the school can view one common item of all applicants. read the exact directions that you will be given when you take the ISEE. Use this book to      see what the ISEE looks like and how it is structured. The school looks at many items in conjunction with the ISEE scores. How Will This Book Help Me? Unlike other ISEE test preparation materials.What to Expect on the ISEE Introduction to the ISEE Information for Students Why Is the ISEE Required? The school you are applying to has requested ISEE scores as part of the overall admissions process. your current school records. take a practice test that has questions like those on the real ISEE. The sample questions and practice test questions in this book include actual questions from previous versions of the ISEE. including the ISEE scores. you. 13 . All components of the admission process. and use an answer sheet like the one you will use when you take the ISEE. this book was written by the same people who developed the ISEE. You may take the ISEE only once per admission season. What Happens to My Scores? After you take the ISEE and your answer sheet is scored. help the school. including your application. and your family determine the best school match for you.

Using this book will allow your student to    read and answer sample questions. one of the choices. eliminate answers you know are not correct. or by length of the answer to help the student locate the correct answer more quickly. not only for the ISEE. Make sure that your student gets a good night’s sleep before the test. Finally.   14 . check for the correct answers. It is particularly helpful because the sample questions and practice test questions were either chosen from previous editions of the ISEE or were written by ERB-member school faculty and administrators and by experts in test development. By reading new materials.What to Expect on the ISEE Introduction to the ISEE Information for Adults How This Book Can Help Your Student Prepare for the ISEE The information in this book offers your student an opportunity to become familiar with all aspects of the ISEE. answer choices on this test are arranged alphabetically. Mark the test date on your calendar so that both you and your student are aware of the date. Wherever possible. Make sure that your student eats a healthy breakfast before the test. see a sample answer sheet that is like the answer sheet on the real test. Reminders for Your Student Remind your student to employ the following helpful strategies when answering multiple-choice questions. Try to answer the question without looking at the choices. numerically. and then read the explanations for why the answers are correct.   Read the entire question before attempting to answer it. Next. since there is no penalty for incorrect responses. your student will be exposed to new concepts and vocabulary. Remind your student that the ISEE is just one piece of information a school will use in its admission process. How You Can Help Your Student Prepare for the ISEE There are specific ways you may help prepare your student. choose the correct answer. Encourage your student to read as part of his or her daily routine. look at the choices to see if your answer is the same as. but for other standardized tests as well. or close to. take a practice test that contains questions similar to those on the actual ISEE. and score the practice test and compare that score with those of other students who took the actual ISEE.       Show confidence in your student’s ability to do well on the ISEE. make an educated guess from the remaining choices. and read the actual directions he or she will receive on the day of the test. If necessary. Then.

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Frequently Asked Questions Q: A: Which level of the ISEE does my student take? There are three levels of the ISEE.    Q: A: Students currently in grades 4 and 5 (applicants to grades 5 or 6) take the Lower Level. Students currently in grades 6 and 7 (applicants to grades 7 or 8) take the Middle Level. Students currently in grades 8 and above (applicants to grades 9–12) take the Upper Level.

Are there multiple versions of the ISEE? At each of the three levels, there are several different, but equivalent, forms. The specific forms to be used each year will be determined in advance by ERB. These forms are randomly assigned to the students and are statistically equivalent, regardless of which form was actually taken by the student. How is the ISEE structured? Each level and each form of the ISEE has five sections. The sections are administered in the following order:      Verbal Reasoning Quantitative Reasoning Reading Comprehension Mathematics Achievement Essay

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The sections and the essay are explained more fully in the next part of this book. Q: A: What can my student expect at the test site on the day of the test? Students will present their verification letter or identification to be checked in upon arrival. So that your child may concentrate on doing his or her best on the ISEE, schools do not conduct admission activities or highlight their schools on the day of testing. We know that testing may be stressful for some students; therefore, the test administrators are teachers or other school personnel who teach or interact with children on a daily basis. Although test administrators may not discuss test questions during the test, they give clear test directions, and your child is encouraged to ask for clarification, if necessary, before beginning each section of the test.

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What types of questions are on the ISEE? The Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, and Math Achievement sections contain only multiple-choice questions. Each question has four choices. Only one answer is the correct or “best” answer. The Essay section requires the student to write an essay in response to a prompt. There are over one hundred writing prompts (topics) that have been developed for each level of the ISEE. A different topic is selected by ERB for each test administration throughout the year. How much time will be allotted for each section of the actual Lower Level ISEE? TIME ALLOTTED FOR EACH SECTION ON THE ACTUAL LOWER LEVEL ISEE Section Verbal Reasoning Quantitative Reasoning Reading Comprehension Mathematics Achievement Essay Number of Questions 34 38 25 30 Total Time Time Allotted (in minutes) 20 35 25 30 30 140

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Each section of the ISEE (excluding the essay) contains several questions that will not be scored but may be used on future editions of the ISEE. Q: A: Q: A: Are there any scheduled breaks during the test? There are two breaks—one following the Quantitative Reasoning section and another following the Math Achievement section. Each break is five minutes long. I am confused by these acronyms: ERB, ISEE, CTP. Didn’t my student take one of these already this year? The Educational Records Bureau (ERB) oversees both the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) and the Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP). The ISEE is a test designed to help admission directors at selected public and independent schools decide who will be accepted for admission to their schools, while the CTP is a battery of tests designed to collect information about student achievement for students currently enrolled in grades 1–10.

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Both the ISEE and the CTP test student abilities in Verbal Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Reasoning, and Mathematics. They also contain similar types of items. Therefore, it is quite possible that your student may be somewhat familiar with the types of questions on the ISEE if he or she has previously taken the CTP. However, it is important to note that there is no repeat of specific items between the two tests. The ISEE is unique in that it is used for admission purposes only and its norms are based only on applicants to independent schools. Q: A: Are there other books or programs that might help my student improve on the ISEE? This is the only book approved by ERB. It was written in conjunction with the test developer, Measurement Incorporated. This book contains current and accurate information. Since this book was written by the developer of the actual test, the sample questions and practice test questions were chosen to accurately reflect the format and the kinds of content your student will see on the actual ISEE. You may see programs or materials advertised that claim to help; however, none of them are approved by ERB, nor can they claim the intimate knowledge of the actual test questions used on this edition. Q: A: Q: A: What materials does my student need to bring to the actual ISEE? Students should bring four #2 pencils and two pens with either blue or black ink. Students may choose to use erasable ink. Are there materials that my student is prohibited from using during the ISEE? Most materials other than writing implements are prohibited. Specifically, scrap paper, calculators, calculator watches, rulers, protractors, compasses, dictionaries, and thesauruses are NOT permitted during the actual test. Cell phones and other electronic devices (iPods, MP3s, beepers, etc.) are not permitted at the test site and must not be brought into the testing room. If a student uses any of these items during the exam, his or her exam will be invalidated, and the student may not retest for another six months. Since students are not permitted to use these devices on the actual test, it is recommended that they avoid using them when they answer the sample test questions or take the practice test. A certain number of these restrictions may be waived for students who receive testing accommodations due to documented disabilities. Q: A: Are testing accommodations made if my student requires them? Accommodations may be made for students with documented learning differences or physical challenges. Accommodation use in school and supporting documentation of the disability are required. For more information and the “Testing with Accommodation” brochure, visit the ERB Web site at http://www.erblearn.org/pages/Non_Stand_ISEE.html.

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A wrong answer and an omitted answer count the same. The range of scaled scores on the ISEE is 760–940. 200–800. Q: A: Q: A: Q: A: Q: A: Q: A: 18 . The group of students who take the ISEE—the ISEE norming population—is a very select group of students who are applying to competitive schools. he or she should make an educated guess from the choices that remain. The schools that use the ISEE are familiar with ISEE scores and the group of students taking the ISEE. your student is compared only to other independent school applicants who have applied to the same grade during the past three years. How is my student compared to other students taking the ISEE? Your student is compared only to other independent school applicants who tested for the same grade during the past three years. However. Your student is not compared to students applying to a different grade who are taking the same level of the test. If a student got 23 items correct—say on a test of 40 questions—then the raw score is simply 23. while the scaled score range consists of higher numbers with a somewhat arbitrary minimum and maximum score. To whom is my student being compared on his or her score report? As stated previously.g..What to Expect on the ISEE Introduction to the ISEE Q: A: Will my student be penalized for a wrong answer? Is it appropriate to guess? Scores are based on the number of correct answers. The percentile ranking on the score report shows how your student scored in comparison to the other students applying to the same grade. The raw score scale ranges from 0–maximum score. How soon will I receive my student’s scores? Your student will receive his or her scores on an Individual Student Report by mail in approximately seven to ten business days after the exam. If the student can eliminate at least one of the choices. There is no comparison specifically to other students who took the test at the same test site or to other applicants who tested on the same day. ISEE percentile ranks are generally lower—anywhere from 10 to 40 percentile points lower—than those on other tests that use national norms. You may wish to check with the school(s) to which you are applying to learn the range of ISEE scores expected for applicants to their school(s). What is the raw score? A raw score represents the number correct. it is better to move ahead to the next item and return to the puzzling one later. What does the scaled score mean? A scaled score is a raw score that has been converted to a different numerical scale. e. Therefore. No student is expected to answer all questions correctly.

There is no cutoff (or pass/fail) score recommended by ERB. and extracurricular activities and interests. Q: A: Q A: 19 . Remember. Each school will use several pieces of information about your student as it evaluates his or her application.What to Expect on the ISEE Introduction to the ISEE Q: A: What is a “good” percentile score? The notion of “good” is relative and may only be defined by the specific school. from experience. Percentile ranks range from 1–99. Thus.). a stanine score of 1–3 is below average. while stanines range from 1–9. In general. What is a stanine ? A stanine score is simply another scale and is based on percentile ranks. teacher recommendation(s). transcript. there are many pieces of information used in selecting applicants. What are the schools looking for? Each independent school determines who is admitted based on a variety of criteria. 4–6 is average. and 7–9 is above average. there is no way to determine a “good” or “bad” score. Percentile Rank 1–3 4 –10 11–22 23–39 40–59 60–76 77–88 89–95 96–99 Stanine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Q: A: Q: A: Are my student’s scores good? Each school uses the scores on the ISEE as part of the total application process and according to its own criteria. How will I know if my student passed or failed? Students do not pass or fail the ISEE. and your student’s score on the ISEE is only one of these. These may include the student’s academic record (report card. There is no cutoff point that determines pass/fail status or divides students into these two groups. Check with the schools to which your student is applying for more information. notes from a personal interview. Each school usually has a range of scores that. indicates if an applicant is likely to be a good fit at the school. etc. Please check with them for more information on how each plans to use the scores from the ISEE in their admission process.

There is no available formal comparison between the ISEE and other national tests such as the Iowa Test of Basic Skills. a copy is sent to the school(s) to which a student sends score reports as indicted on the registration. However. the Stanford 9.What to Expect on the ISEE Introduction to the ISEE Q: A: How does the ISEE compare with other tests? Each standardized test has its own characteristics. or other similar testing instruments. Evaluation is based on each individual school’s criteria. How is the essay scored? The essay is not scored. Q: A: 20 .

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think of a word that first comes to mind when you read the synonym and then look for it (or a word like it) in the list. because. since. Synonym questions focus on word recognition. Sentence completion questions measure your ability to understand words and their function. Strategy: Since the answer choices are listed in alphabetical order. After you choose your answer. Mentally fill in the blank with your own answer and then find the answer choice that is closest in meaning to your own answer. go back and reread the whole sentence to be sure that it makes sense.What to Expect on the ISEE Sample Test Questions – Verbal Reasoning Verbal Reasoning (Section 1) The ISEE has a Verbal Reasoning section that is composed of two different kinds of questions: synonyms and sentence completions. because you must choose the word that is closest in meaning to the word in the question from among four answer choices. Focus on key words or clue words in the question to help you determine the correct answer. 22 . Use word clues such as although. Both kinds of questions test your vocabulary and reasoning ability. if. Remember that there is almost always a word or phrase that obviously points to the correct answer. or therefore to help you figure out the relationships in the sentence. Synonyms also test your ability to reason. Strategies:       Read each sentence to get the overall meaning. In the Lower Level ISEE. Correct answers are based on clues that appear in the context of the sentence. the sentence completion answer choices are words or short phrases that logically complete a sentence. since the correct answer choices are those that have the same meaning or are closest in meaning to the word in the question.

Darken the circle for your answer choice in the sample answer sheet at the bottom of the page. PERPLEXED (A) (B) (C) (D) alarmed disgraced embarrassed puzzled 23 . and select the word from the answer choices that is closest in meaning to the word in question. After you finish answering the questions. TASK (A) (B) (C) (D) chore debt dream fight 2. HARDSHIP (A) (B) (C) (D) anger difficulty disrespect selfishness 3. 1. turn to the next page and evaluate your answers. Sample Questions Directions: Answer the following sample questions by selecting the word that is most nearly the same in meaning as the word in capital letters.What to Expect on the ISEE Sample Test Questions – Verbal Reasoning Synonyms Students should be able to   recognize many of the vocabulary words found on elementary and middle school graded word lists.

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Answers to Sample Questions 1. TASK You are to select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word “task.” “Task” is a noun that means a definite piece of work, an assignment, or a duty. Debt is not a task, and the other two answer choices (dream and fight) reflect choices of how you might spend your time. Answer choice (A), chore, is the only choice that is related to completing a duty, assignment, or piece of work and is therefore the correct answer, since it is the only choice that is a synonym for “task.” 2. HARDSHIP “Hardship” is a noun that has several related meanings such as discomfort, distress, catastrophe, or disaster. A hardship may cause suffering or require extra effort to achieve a goal (as in “The earthquake victims suffered great hardship when they lost all their possessions.”). Choice (B), difficulty, is the correct answer because it is the only answer choice that expresses one of these meanings. 3. PERPLEXED “Perplexed” means confused or filled with uncertainty (as in “Susan was perplexed when she could not find her sweater where she thought she had left it.”). Choice (D), puzzled, is the correct answer.

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Sentence Completion Students should be able to  use context clues to select the word or phrase that correctly completes the sentence.

Sample Questions Directions: Answer the following sample questions. Select the word or phrase that most correctly completes the sentence. Darken the circle for your answer choice in the sample answer sheet at the bottom of the page. After you finish answering the questions, turn to the next page and evaluate your answers. Note: To assist you in finding the right answer among the answer choices, one-word answers are listed alphabetically, and phrases are ordered by length. 1. Because they may not have access to immediate medical attention, hikers in Arizona desert areas must be careful to avoid scorpions, Gila monsters, rattlesnakes, and other ------- creatures. (A) (B) (C) (D) graceful hideous poisonous unusual

2. The best-selling author dedicated his new book to his wife to ------- the contribution she had made to his success. (A) (B) (C) (D) acknowledge approximate donate fathom

3. Unlike Maria, who was always early to class, Kristen -------. (A) (B) (C) (D) often arrived after the tardy bell had rung sometimes brought her lunch in her backpack usually turned in her homework before it was due generally walked to school instead of riding the bus

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Answers to Sample Questions 1. Your task here is to use context clues to select a word that describes a list of animals. You are told that hikers avoid these animals because medical help may be difficult to find in the desert. Since being bitten by a poisonous animal may require one to seek medical attention, choice (C), poisonous, is the correct response. The other answer choices do not logically complete the thought expressed in the sentence. 2. This question asks you to select the word that best describes the reason the author dedicated his new book to his wife. He wants her contribution to his success to be recognized; therefore, answer choice (A), acknowledge, is the correct response. 3. Your task in this question is slightly different from your task in the previous questions. Instead of looking for a single word, you are looking for a whole phrase that is the logical conclusion to the information presented in the first part of the sentence. The word “unlike” suggests that Kristen’s actions will be opposite those of Maria. If Maria is always early to class, then it logically follows that Kristen is usually late. Therefore, choice (A), often arrived after the tardy bell had rung, is the correct response.

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choose the answer that seems most reasonable. these strands are NOT identified. It does not test the amount of math you have learned.  Next. Strategies:  Read the question and determine exactly what you are being asked to find. 27 .  Cross out the irrelevant information in your test booklet. You may be asked to  estimate numerical values. draw conclusions.org.  analyze and interpret data. Remember. However.  use reason to calculate the probability of events. ask yourself.  Determine what information is relevant and what is irrelevant.  Since there is no penalty for guessing.  compare and contrast quantities. to help you best prepare for this section of the ISEE. It tests your ability to use your understanding of mathematics to develop your own opinions about how to solve math problems. “What steps do I need to use to find the answer?” and “Can I do this by estimating and not by actual calculations?”  Make a best guess at the correct answer.What to Expect on the ISEE Sample Test Questions – Quantitative Reasoning Quantitative Reasoning (Section 2) Quantitative Reasoning is one of two math sections on the ISEE. Note: On the ISEE. or least to greatest. the emphasis is on your ability to reason mathematically. All questions found in the two math sections of the ISEE are linked to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Standards.nctm. and  know how to arrive at statistical solutions to problems that are given. the answers to the practice test questions are identified by the NCTM standards.  Next. visit the NCTM Web site at www.  employ logic to determine what a particular problem is about. and summarize graphs. all answer choices are listed in sequential order from greatest to least.  analyze. The answer choices often represent common mistakes or misconceptions.  understand concepts and applications of measurements. The ISEE uses the following NCTM strands as a basis for the Quantitative Reasoning section:       Numbers and Operations Algebra Geometry Measurement Data Analysis and Probability Problem Solving In the Quantitative Reasoning section of the Individual Student Report (ISR). You may write in the test book. predict. but how well you think mathematically. eliminate all answer choices that are not reasonable. compare. This section is designed to show how your reasoning skills have developed. then look to see if that answer is given. For more information on these strands. but they are not intended to trick you. Quantitative Reasoning problems require little or no calculations. there is only one correct answer for each question.

divide) accurately. 1. Select the answer that best illustrates numbers and operations. Alyssa is ordering T-shirts for all the students in her school. Sample Questions Directions: Answer the following sample questions. subtract.What to Expect on the ISEE Sample Test Questions – Quantitative Reasoning Numbers and Operations Students should be able to   understand numbers and ways of representing numbers. and use all four mathematical operations (add. turn the page and evaluate your answers. Which diagram represents the distributive property? (A) (B) (C) (D) 28 . How would she figure out how many boxes (b) to order? (A) (B) (C) (D) b = the number of boxes × the number of shirts per box b = the number of boxes + the number of shirts per box b = the number of students ÷ the number of shirts per box b = the number of students – the number of shirts per box 2. and she knows how many shirts come in a box. She knows how many students are in the school. After you finish answering the questions. Darken the circle for your answer choice in the sample answer sheet at the bottom of the next page. multiply.

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3. The table shows items that Julie bought at the grocery store. She bought at least one of each item on the list. GROCERY LIST Item loaf of bread gallon of milk carton of eggs bag of cookies Price for One $1.25 $4.75 $1.50 $2.50 Total Cost for Item $2.50 $4.75 $1.50 ?

If Julie spent a total of $13.75, how much money did she spend just on cookies? (A) (B) (C) (D) $1.25 $3.75 $5.00 $7.50

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Answers to Sample Questions Sample Question 1: The correct answer to the question is answer choice (C), b = the number of students ÷ the number of shirts per box. One way the answer can be found is by recognizing that division takes the total (all students) and divides it into smaller numbers (the number of shirts in a box and the number of boxes to order). Sample Question 2: The correct answer to the question is answer choice (D), . One way the answer can be found is by knowing that the distributive property confirms a relationship between multiplication and addition. For example, the expression 1(2 + 3) is the same as the expression (1 × 2) + (1 × 3). Even when using objects to represent numbers, the same can be true of their relationship. Sample Question 3: The correct answer to the question is answer choice (C), $5.00. One way the answer can be found is by 1. adding the total she spent on the other three items: ($2.50 + $4.75 + $1.50) = $8.75; 2. then determining how much Julie had left over to spend: $13.75 – $8.75 = $5.00 left; 3. confirming that 2 bags of cookies equal $5.00: (2 × $2.50); 4. choosing answer (C), $5.00.

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Algebraic Concepts Students should be able to  identify, extend, and find rules for patterns and relations.

Sample Questions Directions: Answer the following sample questions. Select the answer that most clearly illustrates the concepts asked for. Darken the circle for your answer choice in the sample answer sheet at the bottom of the page. After you finish answering the questions, turn to the next page and evaluate your answers. 1. At the hardware store, Jim bought 2 boxes of nails that cost $6 each and a hammer. His total before tax was $22. Which equation could be used to find the cost of the hammer (h)? (A) (B) (C) (D) 6 + h = $22 6 + 2h = $22 2(6) + h = $22 2(6) + 2h = $22

2. The total combined weight of a sphere, a pyramid, and a cube is 14 grams. If the sphere weighs the same as 2 pyramids and the cube weighs the same as 4 pyramids, how many grams does a pyramid weigh? (A) (B) (C) (D) 2 grams 4 grams 6 grams 8 grams

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One way the answer can be found is by 1. 2(6) + h = $22. 32 . Sample Question 2: The correct answer to the question is answer choice (A). 2. recognizing the information given: 1 sphere + 1 pyramid + 1 cube = 14 grams (2 pyramids) + 1 pyramid + (4 pyramids) = 14 grams. recognizing the information given: (2 boxes of nails at $6 each) + a hammer = $22. 2. One way the answer can be found is by 1. adding all the pyramids together: 7 pyramids = 14 grams. finding how much 1 pyramid weighs: 1 pyramid = 14 ÷ 7 = 2 grams. rethinking information as a math sentence (or equation): (2 × $6) + h = $22. 3. 2 grams.What to Expect on the ISEE Sample Test Questions – Quantitative Reasoning Answers to Sample Questions Sample Question 1: The correct answer to the question is answer choice (C).

After you finish answering the questions. 1) (1. turn to the next page and evaluate your answers. Darken the circle for your answer choice in the sample answer sheet at the bottom of the page. determine characteristics of. If all four points are connected to form a quadrilateral. In which pair of letters do both letters have an equal number of lines of symmetry? (A) (B) (C) (D) 2. 1. and describe geometric objects. 5) (5. which term best describes the quadrilateral formed? (A) (B) (C) (D) kite pentagon square trapezoid 33 . Select the answer that most clearly illustrates the relationships among the dimensional figures. 1) are the vertices of a quadrilateral. 5) (5.What to Expect on the ISEE Sample Test Questions – Quantitative Reasoning Geometry Students should be able to  identify. The points with coordinates (1. Sample Questions Directions: Answer the following sample questions.

One way the answer can be found is by 1. Letter O has an infinite number of lines. OR noticing that the ordered pairs show that the distance between each pair is 4 units.What to Expect on the ISEE Sample Test Questions – Quantitative Reasoning Answers to Sample Questions Sample Question 1: The correct answer to the question is answer choice (D). and A has one line of symmetry. which will indicate a square is likely. recognizing that the coordinates of the four points given all begin and end with 1 or 5.     Letters E and C both have one line of symmetry (a horizontal fold line across the center of the letter). The only figure that has these characteristics is a square. and 2. One way the answer can be found is by 1. each letter has. Letter Z has zero. or lines of symmetry. knowing that symmetry means that a figure can be folded in half so that the two halves match (the fold line being the line of symmetry). You can see that the figure has four equal sides and four equal angles. a clue that the figure is a square. . and H has two lines of symmetry. plotting the points on a coordinate grid. 34 . square. Sample Question 2: The correct answer to the question is answer choice (C). Letter N has zero. recognizing how many fold lines. and K only has one line of symmetry. and 2.

Darken the circle for your answer choice in the sample answer sheet at the bottom of the page. Sample Question Directions: Answer the following sample question. Select the answer that best illustrates measurement rules. Four 2-inch squares are removed from each of the four corners of Figure 1.2 (B) 9 in.2 (D) 25 in. Figure 1 is a 5-inch square.What to Expect on the ISEE Sample Test Questions – Quantitative Reasoning Measurement Students should be able to  understand and determine measurable attributes of objects. as shown in Figure 2? (A) 6 in. turn to the next page and evaluate your answer.2 35 . 1. What is the area of the remainder of Figure 1.2 (C) 21 in. After you finish answering the question.

and 5.2. 2. finding the area of the 5 × 5-inch square after the four 2 × 2 corners are removed: 25 in.What to Expect on the ISEE Sample Test Questions – Quantitative Reasoning Answer to Sample Question The correct answer to the question is answer choice (B). 4.2. understanding that the task is to determine the area of a 5 × 5-inch square after four corners are removed.2. finding the area of all four corners: 4 corners × 4 in.2.2.2 = 9 in. 3. 9 in. One way the answer can be found is by 1. 2 × 2 = 4 in. 36 . 5 × 5 = 25 in.2 = 16 in.2 – 16 in. finding the area of the whole 5 × 5-inch square by using A = l × w. finding the area of one 2 × 2 corner by using A = l × w.

pandas. kinds of animals at the zoo: lions. in categories or groups. green Which information completes Stephen’s observation list? (A) (B) (C) (D) ages of animals at the zoo number of animals at the zoo food that the animals at the zoo eat dimensions of the animal cages at the zoo 37 . what they observed. Stephen’s class spent time at the City Zoo collecting data about animals and their habitats. Mrs. 1. which color has a 1 out of 8 chance of being selected? (A) (B) (C) (D) red blue pink yellow 2. If she randomly selects a marker without looking. red and brown. brown. 4 green. After you finish answering the questions. ? 3. turn to the next page and evaluate your answers. find the probability of a simple event. display. Darken the circle for your answer choice in the sample answer sheet at the bottom of the page. colors of the animals at the zoo: yellow. and 5 purple markers. The students had to list. monkeys. snakes. interpret. black and white. Select the answer that best illustrates the use of data analysis and probability. 6 yellow. 4 pink. Sample Questions Directions: Answer the following sample questions.What to Expect on the ISEE Sample Test Questions – Quantitative Reasoning Data Analysis and Probability Students should be able to   collect. and make predictions about a set of data. STEPHEN’S OBSERVATION LIST 1. alligators 2. 3 blue. Brown’s box of 24 assorted markers contains 2 red.

“in categories or groups”. finding the probability of each marker: red – 2 out of 24. purple – 5 out of 24. pink – 4 out of 24 = 1 out of 6.What to Expect on the ISEE Sample Test Questions – Quantitative Reasoning Answers to Sample Items Sample Question 1: The correct answer to the question is answer choice (B). yellow – 6 out of 24 = 1 out of 4. and D are all numerical data. changing the probabilities to their simplest form until you find a match: red – 2 out of 24 = 1 out of 12. eliminating choices that do not fit the clue. green – 4 out of 24. Choices A. One way the answer can be found is by 1. green – 4 out of 24 = 1 out of 6. 38 . yellow – 6 out of 24. blue – 3 out of 24. pink – 4 out of 24. One way the answer can be found is by 1. 2. blue – 3 out of 24 = 1 out of 8 (correct answer). food that the animals at the zoo eat. not categorical data. purple – 5 out of 24 is in its simplest form. 2. B. Sample Question 2: The correct answer to the question is answer choice (C). blue. recognizing the clue given in the problem.

Inference items may ask the student to compare and contrast ideas. all passages show line numbers in the left margin. Some questions ask you to find a phrase or word in the passage.” Organization/Logic items ask students to identify the sequence. relationship. literature. the practice test in this book contains four passages. “What is the main idea? What facts and details are given?” As you answer the questions following the passage. use the line numbers to help you find the section or lines you may need to look at again. irony. tone. therefore. pattern. theme. and/or predict subsequent events or outcomes. or central idea in the passage. Each passage is followed by five questions about the passage. Inference items ask the student to draw a conclusion from content not explicitly stated in the text. A sample passage and questions may be found on the next two pages. Strategy: Read the passage first to get an overall view. The Supporting Ideas items assess the student’s ability to identify explicit ideas that support the main idea. point of view. or summary of the passage.What to Expect on the ISEE Sample Test Questions – Reading Comprehension Reading Comprehension (Section 3) The actual Lower Level Reading Comprehension section contains five reading passages. and personification. ask yourself. science. Tone/Style/Figurative Language items assess the student’s understanding of mood. As you read the passage. and contemporary life. usually in the form of “most nearly means. 39 . Vocabulary items deal with word definitions within the context of the passage. The types of questions you may be asked focus on six categories:       The Main Idea items assess the student’s ability to look for an overall message. The passages include topics related to history. and figurative language such as images. interpret or analyze text. structure.

displeases some believers who feel that an artificial four-leaf clover probably does not carry the same gift of luck. 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 Some scientists have tried to engineer them. love. in a motor home. reinforced a longtime folk belief. how can a person identify a real one? A genuine four-leaf clover’s fourth leaf is generally a bit smaller than the other three. love. Oxalis deppei is the most frequent imposter that the person searching for four-leaf clovers will find. That effort. When in doubt. he shall in a small while after find some good thing. 40 . and adventure are supposed to follow the discovery of that tiny plant.” The lyrics and familiar tune were written in 1927 by Mort Dixon and Harry Woods. hope. however. and luck.What to Expect on the ISEE Sample Test Questions – Reading Comprehension Sample Passage The sample passage is followed by five questions based on its content. Ed Martin has his heart set on toppling Kaminski. Then and now. the clover signifies faith. Nor do other plants that resemble four-leaf clovers. As of April 2005. All the associations with the four-leaf clover are cheerful ones. His goal is collecting clovers. Martin tours the U. health. he now has 72.927.S. A retired heavy-equipment operator from Alaska. many people think that four-leaf clovers bring good luck. Children have whiled away countless hours in the grass. Wealth. Others associate it with a song: “I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover. For many people. they are rare. How common are four-leaf clovers? As natural mutations. searching for this rarity. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 “If a man walking in the fields finds any four-leafed grass. According to the latest edition of the Guinness Book of World Records. Some people press and dry four-leaf clovers as keepsakes. writing around 1620. George Kaminski held the world record in finding four-leaf clovers. About one in ten thousand clovers will have four leaves.” Sir John Melton. Let’s wish him good luck! Martin says the four-leaf wonders have already brought him bunches of it.

“imposter” most nearly means (A) (B) (C) (D) example. 41 . After you finish answering the questions. In line 29.What to Expect on the ISEE Sample Test Questions – Reading Comprehension Sample Questions Directions: Answer the questions on the basis of what is stated or implied in the passage. (C) offer interesting information about four-leaf clovers. 5. (D) Usually lucky. (C) bring good luck to those who find them. souvenir. fake. 3. 4. tour the country in motor homes. Darken the circle for your answer choice in the sample answer sheet at the bottom of the page. 1. 2. The main purpose of this passage is to (A) compare four-leaf clovers to other similar plants. plant. write for the Guinness Book of World Records. (D) provide hours of entertainment for children. (B) explain why George Kaminski collects four-leaf clovers. (B) It is easy to find one in a grassy area. (B) are excellent keepsakes for collectors. (C) One of its leaves is smaller than the others. According to the passage. both George Kaminski and Ed Martin (A) (B) (C) (D) live in Alaska. they occasionally bring bad luck. collect four-leaf clovers. Sir John Melton clearly believed that fourleaf clovers (A) last longer when dried and pressed. (D) prove that four-leaf clovers bring good luck to people. Which statement about the four-leaf clover is supported by information in the passage? (A) It is larger than most other clovers. turn to the next page and evaluate your answers.

and choice (D) is incorrect because the passage does not provide any proof that four-leaf clovers bring luck. Therefore. but the information does not directly refer to Sir John Melton’s quote. “fake” (something that is not real). This item asks you to compare George Kaminski to Ed Martin and find one way they are alike. The answer is found in the last paragraph (lines 34– 44). Because Sir John Melton clearly believed that four-leaf clovers bring good luck to those who find them. its rarity in nature. The other answer choices reference information found in the same area of the passage. The correct answer is choice (C). which is found in lines 31–33. The other answer choices contain information that is clearly incorrect. specifically in lines 1–9. 2. 5. In lines 25. 4. and 27. 26. but you would know that only if you have read the passage carefully.” For example. choice (B) is information that is not provided in the passage. in line 25 “artificial” points to choice (B). which describes both men as collectors of fourleaf clovers. choice (B) is the correct answer. This section of the passage describes plants that resemble four-leaf clovers but are not real four-leaf clovers. Choice (A) is a supporting idea. choice (C) is the correct answer. This item asks you to determine the main purpose of the passage. 3. which is the correct answer. and its value to two collectors. 1. there are words that provide clues to the meaning of “imposter. the good luck that it is supposed to bring to its finder. This item asks you to determine the meaning of the term “imposter” in line 29. This means that your answer must come from information that you find in the passage. The answer to this question is found in both the first and second paragraphs of the passage. 42 .What to Expect on the ISEE Sample Test Questions – Reading Comprehension Answers to Sample Questions The passage describes the four-leaf clover in terms of its appearance. Choice (C) is the correct answer because the passage is clearly written to offer information to the reader. Your task here is to find the answer in a statement that is supported by information in the passage. it just suggests it.

conversions between centimeters and meters). or temperature in the metric system are not provided (i. visit www. The Mathematics Achievement section will test your ability to identify and solve problems related to the NCTM standards in the six areas listed above. 43 . this section will include questions from these NCTM standards:       Number and Operations Algebra Geometry Measurement Data Analysis and Probability. Answer choices may represent misconceptions or procedural errors (such as incorrect order of mathematical operations in a multi-step problem) but there are no trick questions or trick answers. they are given in the question. You may write in this book.What to Expect on the ISEE Sample Test Questions – Mathematics Achievement Mathematics Achievement (Section 4) Mathematics Achievement tests mathematical skills you have learned from the very beginning of your school career. the Mathematic Achievement questions have these characteristics:     Unlike the Quantitative Reasoning section. If conversions within the U. but conversions within the same unit for volume.e.org. length.  You may not use a calculator or scratch paper.. Although conversions between units of measurement may be required to correctly answer the problem. Unlike the Quantitative Reasoning section.S. Specifically.nctm. All questions in this section are aligned to the standards articulated by the NCTM. mass. standard system (such as twelve inches equals one foot). and Problem Solving For more information on these mathematical standards. since you may write in the test booklet when you take the ISEE. As with the questions in the Quantitative Reasoning section. some items may require knowledge of mathematical terminology as indicated in the grade appropriate NCTM standards.S. students do not have to memorize conversions in the U. standard system are required to find the correct answer to the question. Common metric units will be found in some questions in this section. you may need to do calculations to determine the correct answer for some questions.

or least to greatest unless the answer could be determined by using the ordered answers. Remember all questions on the ISEE have equal value. If you do not know the answer to the question. o To save you time. a question which asks which number is the largest number would not have its answer choices ordered by value.   44 . and move on to the next question. If you have time before the end of this test section.ISEE What to Expect Sample Test Items – Mathematics Achievement Strategies:    Read the entire question and study any related graphic images for each question before looking at the answer choices. or if the answer you have determined is not listed as an answer choice. you may choose to make a mark in your test booklet (not your answer document). skip that question for now. (For example. since often the answer choices represent common mathematical mistakes or procedural misconceptions.” Next determine your answer and look for it in the answer choices provided. you may be able to come back to it later. Some questions may be unfamiliar to you because you may not have yet covered that particular math concept at your current school. all answers are listed in sequential order from greatest to least. Remember all four answer choices are logical answers—there are no answer choices such as “all of the above” or “none of the above.) Remember to check your work.

001 2. divide) accurately. Which expression correctly uses the distributive property to solve 15 × (8 + 17)? (A) (B) (C) (D) (15 × 8) + 17 (17 × 8) + 15 (15 + 8) × (15 + 17) (15 × 8) + (15 × 17) 45 .007 2.003 2. multiply. Sample Questions Directions: Answer the following sample questions. Darken the circle for your answer choice in the sample answer sheet at the bottom of the page. make reasonable estimations. Which whole number is divisible by 9 without a remainder? (A) (B) (C) (D) 2.What to Expect on the ISEE Sample Test Questions – Mathematics Achievement Numbers and Operations: Whole Numbers Students should be able to    use all four math operations (add. After you finish answering the questions. Select the answer that best illustrates numbers and operations. 1. turn to the next page and evaluate your answers.005 2. and use properties of the numbers and operations. subtract.

007 is divisible by 9. so 15 × (8 + 17) is the same as (15 × 8) + (15 × 17). knowing the divisible rule for 9.007 is divisible by 9. which gives a value of 223 with no remainder. 2 + 0 + 0 + 7 = 9 and 9 is divisible by 9. Having no remainder shows that 2.007 by 9. One way the answer can be found is by 1. Another way is to find the value of the expression 15 × (8 + 17) = 15 × 25 = 375. For example. 2. (A) (B) (C) (D) (15 × 8) + 17 = 120 + 17 = 137 (17 × 8) + 15 = 136 + 15 = 151 (15 + 8) × (15 + 17) = 23 × 32 = 736 (15 × 8) + (15 × 17) = 120 + 255 = 375 The only match is (D). One way the answer can be found is by knowing that the distributive property confirms a relationship between multiplication and addition. dividing 2. and then find the value of each of the answer choices. (15 × 8) + (15 × 17). the expression 1(2 + 3) has the same value as the expression (1 × 2) + (1 × 3). so 2. Sample Question 2: The correct answer to the question is answer choice (D). then the number is divisible by 9. 46 .007.What to Expect on the ISEE Sample Test Questions – Mathematics Achievement Answers to Sample Questions Sample Question 1: The correct answer to the question is answer choice (D). which states that if the sum of all the digits of a number can be divided by 9. or 2.

The teacher drew these shapes on the board. After you finish answering the questions. Josh is estimating 4.What to Expect on the ISEE Sample Test Questions – Mathematics Achievement Numbers and Operations: Decimals.9 to determine if his answer is reasonable. Select the answer that best illustrates numbers and operations. Sample Questions Directions: Answer the following sample questions. turn to the next page and evaluate your answers. Percents. Fractions Students should be able to use rational numbers to    accurately compute addition and subtraction using fractions and decimals. Darken the circle for your answer choice in the sample answer sheet at the bottom of the page. make reasonable estimations using fractions and decimals. Which is the best way for him to estimate? (A) (B) (C) (D) 4×3 4×4 5×3 5×4 47 . What fraction of the shapes are squares? (A) (B) (C) (D) 1 8 1 4 3 8 1 2 2.17  3. and percents. 1. decimals. and find equivalent forms of fractions.

rounding 3. being sure that the fractional number is in its lowest term ( 2  2 1 = ).17 to the nearest whole number (4). and 2. 4 Sample Question 2: The correct answer to the question is answer choice (B). counting how many squares there are among the 8 shapes (2).What to Expect on the ISEE Sample Test Questions – Mathematics Achievement Answers to Sample Questions Sample Question 1: The correct answer to the question is answer choice (B). 4 × 4. 2. One way the answer can be found is by 1.9 to the nearest whole number (4). thinking of squares out of 8 shapes as a fractional number ( ). 48 . 8  2 4 1 . 2 3. One way the answer can be found is by 1. 8 4. counting the total number of shapes (8). rounding 4.

After you finish answering the questions. NUMBER MACHINE Input Output 20 11 16 9 10 6 6 4 4 3 Which input number creates an output of 15? (A) (B) (C) (D) 22 24 28 30 2. It performs the same operation on each input number to create an output number. Select the answer that best illustrates algebraic concepts. The number machine only accepts even numbers as input.What to Expect on the ISEE Sample Test Questions – Mathematics Achievement Algebraic Concepts Students should be able to   identify. A box contains 24 batteries that are packaged into groups of 3. If n represents the number of packages in the box. 1. turn to the next page and evaluate your answers. and extend patterns. compare. and find and use rules that can contain variables. Sample Questions Directions: Answer the following sample questions. which equation would tell how many packages are in the box? (A) (B) (C) (D) 3 + n = 24 n = 24 ÷ 3 n – 3 = 24 24 × n = 3 49 . Darken the circle for your answer choice in the sample answer sheet at the bottom of the page.

What to Expect on the ISEE Sample Test Questions – Mathematics Achievement Answers to Sample Questions Sample Question 1: The correct answer to the question is answer choice (C). 14 = x ÷ 2. You want to know how many groups of 3 are in 24. knowing that division means separating the total number of objects into as many equal groups as possible. then you have the rule. 14 × 2 = x.1 input number ÷ 2 = 14 input number = 14 × 2 input number = 28 Sample Question 2: The correct answer to the question is answer choice (B). adding 1 to 10. One way the answer can be found is by 1. The rule is (input number ÷ 2) + 1 = output number. Try dividing input 20 in half (20 ÷ 2 = 10). 28 = x. 28. recognizing that the total number of objects (batteries) is 24 and that these objects have been divided into small groups of 3. OR the rule written as a math sentence is (x ÷ 2) + 1 = y. and 2. n = 24 ÷ 3. 2. One way the answer can be found is by 1. If this relationship is true for all input and output numbers. and getting the sum of 11. 15 – 1 = (x ÷ 2). Try to find a relationship between the input and output numbers. 50 . finding the rule: “What input number will result in the output number being 15?”    Notice that each input number is an even number and is larger than its output number. using the rule: (input number ÷ 2) + 1 = 15 input number ÷ 2 = 15 . OR 15 = (x ÷ 2) + 1. so using 24 ÷ 3 will give you the answer.

understand and use coordinate grids. 5). TU .and 3-dimensional figures. Select the answer that best illustrates geometric operations. Mackenzie plotted the following points on the coordinate grid. point U (2. including transformation of geometric figures. and UR. Sample Question Directions: Answer the following sample question. point R (3. symmetry. turn to the next page and evaluate your answer. After you finish answering the question. 5). point T (8. Which type of polygon is formed? (A) (B) (C) (D) diamond pentagon square trapezoid 51 . and similarity. 2) A polygon is formed with vertices R.What to Expect on the ISEE Sample Test Questions – Mathematics Achievement Geometry Students should be able to    classify and describe basic 2. 2). and understand the concepts of congruency. and U and sides RS . Darken the circle for your answer choice in the sample answer sheet at the bottom of the page. A coordinate graph is shown. ST . 1. T. S. point S (6.

52 . knowing that a trapezoid is a quadrilateral with one pair of parallel sides. 2. trapezoid. plotting the points onto the coordinate grid provided. sketching the sides of the polygon. and 4. 3.What to Expect on the ISEE Sample Test Questions – Mathematics Achievement Answer to Sample Question The correct answer to the question is answer choice (D). noticing that sides RS and TU are parallel and that sides UR and ST are not parallel. One way the answer can be found is by 1.

Sample Question Directions: Answer the following sample question.What to Expect on the ISEE Sample Test Questions – Mathematics Achievement Measurement Students should be able to     find the perimeter and area of regular and irregular polygons. develop strategies to find the volume and surface area of rectangular solids. Watson’s plan. convert between units in both customary and metric systems. 1. Shown below is a plan for a patio that Mr. Select the answer that best illustrates measurement abilities. Watson is building in his backyard. capacity. Darken the circle for your answer choice in the sample answer sheet at the bottom of the page. weight. turn to the next page and evaluate your answer. After you finish answering the question. what is the area of the patio? (A) 48 ft2 (B) 96 ft2 (C) 120 ft2 (D) 216 ft2 53 . According to Mr. and identify tools and units associated with length. and time. temperature.

What to Expect on the ISEE Sample Test Questions – Mathematics Achievement Answer to Sample Question The correct answer to the question is answer choice (C). 2 1 A = (48). A = 12 × 8. finding the area of the 8  6 triangle (which is half a rectangle): 1 (b × h). 2. One way the answer can be found is by 1. adding the two areas together for total area: 96 + 24 = 120 ft2. A = 96 ft2. 2 A = 24 ft2. 120 ft2. 2 1 A = (6 × 8). finding the area of the 12  8 rectangle: A = l × w. 54 . A= and 3.

On the last day of each month. what is the probability that the first card selected is the letter C? 8 11 3 (B) 8 3 (C) 27 1 (D) 11 (A) 55 . Sample Questions Directions: Answer the following sample questions. If none of the cards in the stack repeat. turn to the next page and evaluate your answers. interpret and make predictions about a set of data. calculate mean. the cafeteria plans to serve the two most favorite foods. FAVORITE CAFETERIA FOOD Food Number of Votes pizza 74 meatloaf 31 hamburger 59 turkey sandwich 36 Which two foods will the cafeteria be serving? (A) (B) (C) (D) pizza and meatloaf hamburger and pizza pizza and turkey sandwich hamburger and turkey sandwich 2. After you finish answering the questions. without looking. Select the answer that best illustrates data analysis and probability. and find the probability of a simple event. The table shows the results of a school cafeteria’s survey of 200 students. 1. mode. median.What to Expect on the ISEE Sample Test Questions – Mathematics Achievement Data Analysis and Probability Students should be able to     collect and display data. Matt randomly selected three cards. from a stack of letter cards labeled A through K. Darken the circle for your answer choice in the sample answer sheet at the bottom of the page. and range of a set of data.

One way the answer can be found is by reading the chart to determine which two foods have the most votes.What to Expect on the ISEE Sample Test Questions – Mathematics Achievement Answers to Sample Questions Sample Question 1: The correct answer to the question is answer choice (B). 11 One way the answer can be found is by determining how many total cards are in the stack. Since there is only 1 card labeled C. Cards labeled A – K equal 11 cards. Hamburger has the second most votes with 59. 56 . there is only 1 chance in 11 that the first card chosen will be the card labeled C. hamburger and pizza. Sample Question 2: The correct answer to the question is answer choice (D). 1 . Pizza has the most votes at 74.

you should ask a parent or teacher to read your essay(s) and give you feedback on what you have written. and lined pages for writing a sample essay. Remember to add descriptions and details in your response. prepare your notes or make a short outline. This part of the test also gives you a chance to show the schools to which you have applied how well you organize your thoughts and express them in a written format. If possible. you will find some tips for writing an essay. The writing should be done directly on the lines preprinted in the answer document. For the actual ISEE test. Three sample essay topics and three sets of lined pages have been provided to give you an opportunity to practice on more than one prompt. A writing prompt is randomly selected for use on each test date. You are given 30 minutes to complete the essay. you are given a sheet of paper on which to make notes. 57 . During those 30 minutes you should    organize your thoughts. and you also must rewrite the prompt at the top of the first page. using blue or black ink. The writing prompts include topics of interest to students at your level and are created to give you an opportunity to tell more about yourself. You must write the essay in ink on two pre-lined pages (erasable ink is allowed). The actual instructions you will receive when you take the essay portion of the ISEE are shown on pages 105–106 in the “Practice Test” section. and write your final copy.What to Expect on the ISEE Sample Test Questions – Essay Writing the Essay (Section 5) On the last section of the ISEE test. you will be asked to write a short essay in response to an assigned writing prompt. On the following pages. Writing must be done either in cursive or print using a ballpoint pen. some sample essay prompts.

and you may NOT take a checklist into the test with you. This checklist is for your use now. punctuation. as instructed? __ Did I plan my essay before putting it on the lined sheets? __ Did I allow enough time to write my final copy on the lined sheets? __ Did I write about the topic that was given? __ Did I include details to add interest? __ Did I follow rules for grammar. you will remember to ask yourself these questions when you write your essay on the actual ISEE. that if you use this checklist as you write your sample essay. and capitalization? __ Can others read my handwriting? __ Did I review my writing upon finishing? 58 . but note that there is NO checklist for you to use when you take the actual ISEE. spelling. __ Did I put the topic in the box at the top of the first page. however. We believe.What to Expect on the ISEE Sample Test Questions – Essay Tips for Writing the Essay Here is a brief writing checklist designed to help you organize and write a response to the essay topic provided.

Topic 1: Describe in detail where and how you would spend your perfect vacation. You may plan your essay on a separate sheet of paper.What to Expect on the ISEE Sample Test Questions – Essay Sample Essay Topics Directions: Select a topic from the list of sample topics below and write an essay on the pre-lined pages on pages 61 and 62. Topic 2: What would you like to do to make the world a nicer place in which to live? Explain. Remember to rewrite the topic at the top of page 61. Topic 3: Who is your favorite relative? Why have you chosen this person? 59 . If you would like additional practice writing an essay. pages 63– 66 contain pre-lined pages for writing essays on the remaining topics.

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Remember that the time it takes to read the brief directions at the beginning of each section is NOT included in the testing time. Thus. it is important to follow the timing instructions on the Practice Test so you can learn how to pace yourself for the actual test. try to create the following realistic test conditions. you will take each section in the same order in which it appears in the Practice Test.What to Expect on the ISEE Practice Test Using the Practice Test The Practice Test is the same format as the actual ISEE. there are additional questions which will not be included on your score report.  Ask an older person (parent. In each section. Because we think it will help you to know exactly how the test administrator will instruct you on the day of the test. It may be more convenient for you to photocopy the answer sheet so that you don’t have to turn back and forth between the Practice Test and Appendix B. sibling. You will use a copy of the actual answer sheet to mark your answers for the Practice Test. leave “Test Administrator” and “ID Number” blank. For example. o monitor your time. Each section must be taken without stopping. When you are ready to begin. you will be allowed a five-minute break before the Reading Comprehension section and another five-minute break following the Mathematics Achievement section. and o tell you when to stop. The chart below shows the number of questions on each section of the Practice Test and the actual ISEE. o tell you when five minutes remain in each section. When you take the actual test. well-lighted space with an appropriate writing surface.  Find a quiet. Also. The answer sheet is in Appendix B. we have included the general directions that will be read to you before the test starts. and how many minutes you should allow for each section of both tests. the score you calculate when you check your answers will be more accurate. PRACTICE TEST AND ACTUAL TEST—LOWER LEVEL Section Practice Test Actual ISEE Verbal Reasoning 30 Questions—18 Minutes 34 Questions—20 Minutes Quantitative Reasoning 35 Questions—34 Minutes 38 Questions—35 Minutes Reading Comprehension 20 Questions—20 Minutes 25 Questions—25 Minutes Math Achievement 25 Questions—25 Minutes 30 Questions—30 Minutes Essay 2-Page Limit—30 Minutes 2-Page Limit—30 Minutes Although the timings are not the same on the Practice Test and the actual ISEE. the number of questions and the number of minutes that you have to answer the questions are listed under the name of the section. Use the appropriate parts of the answer sheet and leave the remaining parts blank. o write down the starting time for each section. On the actual ISEE. On the actual ISEE. since you are answering only questions that will be used to determine your sample score. we strongly encourage you to take the Practice Test exactly the same way so that the experience will be realistic and meaningful. 68 . but which may be used on future tests. (These directions are on the next page. the timings for the Practice Test are slightly shorter than on the actual ISEE.) Reading these directions carefully will help you know what to expect. since each section on the actual test is carefully timed. therefore. You will also use the pre-lined pages in Appendix B for your essay. however. friend) to act as test administrator to o read the general directions.

there is no penalty for an incorrect answer. The administrator will not begin timing you until after he or she has finished reading them and answering any appropriate questions.What to Expect on the ISEE Practice Test Test Directions After you are seated in the test room and the test administrator announces that you are ready to begin. 69 . Instead. and Mathematics Achievement. (Please refer to the answer sheet on pages 133–136. Please do not open the booklet until you are told to do so. but if not. if you have time. skip it and answer all of the questions that you can. The general directions the test administrator will read to you before you begin the separate sections of the actual ISEE are below. Work as quickly as you can without becoming careless. Don’t worry if you find that there are more answer spaces on the answer sheet than there are questions in this booklet. After you complete the test booklet itself. Please select the best choice for each question. Then. These are the same directions you should use on the Practice Test. be sure to erase the first mark completely. Do not spend too much time on any question that is difficult for you to answer since all questions are scored equally. so the questions in your test booklet will probably be different from the questions that others in this room are answering. make sure that the number of the question that you are answering matches the number on the answer sheet section that you are marking. Be sure to record all your answers on the answer sheet. Because these tests are given to students in more than one grade. or that others are very difficult. On this test. Directions The ISEE measures skills and abilities commonly used by students in school. as in these examples.) Some of the information on this answer sheet may already be filled in for you. Mark only one answer for each question. don’t be surprised if you notice that some of the questions are very easy for you. Your test booklet contains four sections: Verbal Reasoning. and make every mark heavy and dark. As you work. the administrator will give you your essay topic to write on the last two pages of the answer sheet. There will be two 5-minute breaks during the test. Sample Answers If you decide to change one of your answers. There are several different versions for each test. It is important to look at them now because they contain important information. Read the directions and samples printed at the beginning of each test carefully. Quantitative Reasoning. the test administrator will help you. he or she will give you your test booklet and an answer sheet. Reading Comprehension. return to any questions you may have skipped.

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of marine life. It is the natural beauty of Glacier County. was best known for her -------. such as attacks by gulls and hungry fish. or cultivating olive groves.before its occurrence than to treat after its onset. an English writer. (A) (B) (C) (D) control disappearance diversity magnification Go on to the next page. . most Romans lived in the -------. Allergies are usually abnormal reactions to ------. To reach maturity. growing crops. a seagoing loggerhead turtle must survive many -------.the thousands of tourists. that ------. hikers.as Helen Keller’s teacher by working with her day and night to help her overcome her disabilities. (A) (B) (C) (D) countryside deserts museums towns 74 23. (A) (B) (C) (D) allies destinations hazards voyages 22. (A) (B) (C) (D) distort eliminate manage prevent I2ELBXXXCV03BN00000-CV28DW I2ELBXXXCV03BN00000-CV23CW 18. pollen. (A) (B) (C) (D) common imaginary scarce unknown 21. and campers who visit each year. (A) (B) (C) (D) devotion fear humor scorn I2ELBXXXCV03BN00000-CV29DW I2ELBXXXBV03BN00000-BV23AW 17. Although Roman political life was centered in the cities. The many types of fish and mammals displayed in the exhibit at the aquarium demonstrate the remarkable ------. Like many other medical conditions.1 Part Two — Sentence Completion Directions: Select the word or phrase that best completes the sentence. and animal dander. tending vines. Hannah Moore. I2ELBXXXBV03BN00000-BV24AW I2ELBXXXCV03BN00000-CV21AW VR 16. works whose characters endured extremely sorrowful circumstances. malnutrition is often easier to ------. (A) (B) (C) (D) attracts conceals restrains threatens 20.substances such as dust. (A) (B) (C) (D) daydreams farces speeches tragedies I2ELBXXXCV03BN00000-CV22AW I2ELBXXXBV03BN00000-BV25CW 19. with its waterfalls and snow-covered meadows. Anne Sullivan showed her ------.

you may check your work in this section only. the later art of Winslow Homer -------. (A) (B) (C) (D) faces became quite cold classmates began to arrive friend gave them a present teacher repeated the directions 75 STOP. he -------. . loss of habitat. cheetah populations have been greatly reduced due to hunting. Compared to his early paintings. (A) (B) (C) (D) detrimental primary sentimental temporary I2ELBXXXCV03BN00000-CV40BBW I2ELBXXXCV03BN00000-CV33DW 25. and decline of the cheetah’s prey. the ------. which were usually of lighthearted subjects. but Anna Mary “Grandma” Moses -------. rather. their -------. it invited us to -------.VR I2ELBXXXCV03BN00000-CV35BW I2ELBXXXCV03BN00000-CV39BW 1 28. Although once ------. Since the students looked puzzled. (A) painted for profit as a young child (B) did not like art during her advanced years (C) started painting when she was past seventy years old (D) specialized in farm scenes and country landscapes I2ELBXXXBV03BN00000-BV38DW 30. Most artists begin training early in life. Although Frederic Chopin was personally on good terms with most musicians of his day. If there is time. (A) (B) (C) (D) learn a lesson enjoy ourselves examine our values improve our behavior 24. Although there were other contributing factors.cause of industrial growth was the flood of new inventions in eighteenth-century England. (A) ignored them at every opportunity (B) seldom gave large public performances (C) did not appreciate their style of romantic music (D) turned out to be one of the most popular composers of his time 27. (A) sold successfully and made him rich (B) was darker and of a more serious nature (C) was appreciated by the critics but not the public (D) represented bright landscapes or people at play I2ELBXXXBV03BN00000-BV40CW I2ELBXXXBV03BN00000-BV39CW 26. (A) (B) (C) (D) attractive threatened unknown widespread 29.in Africa. The movie provided no moral instruction.

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You may write in your test booklet. Find the row of spaces on your answer document that has the same number as the question.QR Section 2 Quantitative Reasoning 35 Questions 2 Time: 34 minutes Each question is followed by four suggested answers. 77 STOP. mark the space having the same letter as the answer you have chosen. Read each question and then decide which one of the four suggested answers is best. In this row. EXAMPLE 1: Which expression is equivalent to the expression 2 × (3 + 4)? (A) (B) (C) (D) 2+7 2×7 5+4 5×4 Sample Answer The correct answer is 2 × 7. so circle B is darkened. so circle B is darkened. . EXAMPLE 2: Which could be the dimensions of a rectangle with an area of 48 cm2? (A) (B) (C) (D) 2 cm × 26 cm 3 cm × 16 cm 5 cm × 9 cm 6 cm × 7 cm Sample Answer The correct answer is 3 cm × 16 cm. Do not go on until told to do so.

5+p=6 3+q=6 What is the sum of p + q ? (A) 4 (B) 8 (C) 12 (D) 20 78 Go on to the next page. What is the length of the third side? (A) (B) (C) (D) 10 centimeters 18 centimeters 36 centimeters 46 centimeters I2MLQXXXCN12AN00000-CQ07CW 2. . Alice wrote down a whole number greater than 6 and less than 10. Alice told him it was greater than 8 and less than 12. Which story best fits the equation 7  5 = 35? (A) I have 35 cookies. The perimeter of the triangle is 28 centimeters. The lengths of two of the sides are shown. After eating 5 cookies. How many cookies do I have altogether? (D) I have 7 boxes of cookies. and my friend has 5 boxes of cookies. with 5 cookies in each. What is Alice’s number? (A) 7 (B) 9 (C) 10 (D) 11 What fraction of the largest triangle is shaded? (A) (B) (C) (D) 2 9 2 7 1 4 1 2 I2MLQXXXCM02DGCA101-CA10AW 1. Use the equations to answer the question. When Jim tried to guess the number. The largest triangle shown below is divided into small triangles. how many cookies do I have left? (B) I want to share 35 cookies with 12 friends. 4. How many cookies do we each get? (C) I have 7 boxes of cookies. How many boxes of cookies do we have altogether? I2MLQXXXCA02BN00000-CM01AW 5.2 I2MLQXXXBN21CGBQ011A-BQ01AW I2MLQXXXCN11AN00000-CQ02BW QR 3.

Use the diagram to answer the question.QR I2MLQXXXBG04BGBQ052-BQ05BW I2MLQXXXCN21DN00000-CQ12AW 2 8. . It took Nisha 20 minutes to ride 4 miles. If x can be divided by both 3 and 5 without leaving a remainder. How long did it take Alex to ride 12 miles? (A) 48 minutes (B) 60 minutes (C) 80 minutes (D) 120 minutes 79 What shapes could be found in the shaded part of the Venn diagram? (A) (B) (C) (D) a red square a blue square a blue triangle a green triangle Go on to the next page. Which piece would complete the diagram to make a square? (A) I2MLQXXXAN11GN00000-AA10DW 9. Use the Venn diagram to answer the question. (D) I2MLQXXXCN12CN00000-CQ10BW 7. then x can also be divided by which number without leaving a remainder? (A) 2 (B) 8 (C) 10 (D) 15 I2MLAXXXCD02AGCQ281-CQ28DW (B) (C) 10. Which is the largest fraction? (A) 5 9 6 (B) 13 7 (C) 15 8 (D) 17 6. Nisha and Alex were riding their bikes at the same speed on a bike path.

what would be the predicted temperature of the water in the black can at 70 minutes? (A) (B) (C) (D) 75F 79F 83F 92F I2MLQXXXCA01BN00000-CQ11DW I2MLQXXXCM02DN00000-CA17CW 12. The perimeter of a square is 8s. Input Output 13. Which is a value of x in the math equation 15 = 3x + 3? (A) (B) (C) (D) 1 2 3 4 80 Go on to the next page.2 I2MLQXXXCD02AN00000-CA08DW (2 of 2 cluster) QR 11. One can was painted black. The class collected the data shown below. one can was painted white. TEMPERATURE EXPERIMENT Black Can White Can Silver Can 50F 50F 50F 50F 52F 53F 51F 54F 57F 51F 56F 62F 52F 58F 68F 52F 60F 75F Start 10 min 20 min 30 min 40 min 50 min According to the pattern from these data. What is the length of one side? (A) (B) (C) (D) 2 4 2s 4s ∆ 2 7 12 40 □ 8 13 18 46 I2MLQXXXCA02CN00000-CA32DW What is the rule for the function? (A) ∆  4 = □ (B) (∆  3) – 1 = □ (C) ∆ + 5 = □ (D) ∆ + 6 = □ 14. Each can was covered and had a thermometer in it to measure the temperature of the water in degrees Fahrenheit. and the third can was painted silver. . Use the table to determine the rule. A class put three cans full of water in the sun.

Two of the 1 kittens weighed 2 ounces each. assuming the same pattern continues? (A) 5 (B) 7 (C) 9 (D) 11 I2MLQXXXCA01AN00000-CQ18BW About what fraction of the students chose strawberry as their favorite flavor? (A) (B) (C) (D) 1 8 1 4 1 3 1 2 16. A survey of 40 students’ favorite ice cream flavors is displayed in the circle graph shown.QR I2MLQXXXAA01AGAQ181-AQ18DW I2MLQXXXCN21CGCA231-CA23AW 2 17. and 1 kitten weighed 4 ounces. 1 kitten 2 weighed 3 ounces. What is the mean weight of the kittens from the litter? (A) 2 1 ounces 2 3 (B) 2 ounces 4 (C) 3 ounces (D) 4 ounces 81 Go on to the next page. 15. If two more rows were added to the figure. A cat had a litter of 4 kittens. Use the figure below to answer the question. how many small triangles would the sixth row have. Use the pattern to help answer the question. . 1+3=2 1 + 3 + 5 = 32 1 + 3 + 5 + 7 = 42 What is the solution to 1 + 3 + 5 + 7 + 9 + 11 + 13 + 15? (A) 52 (B) 82 (C) 122 (D) 132 2 I2MLQXXXBD02BN00000-BM24CW 18.

4.6. Which expression gives the best estimate of the total number of candles in the warehouse? (A) 69  40 (B) 70  40 (C) 600  30 (D) 700  40 If the liquids in the two jars are combined.2 I2MLQXXXAN21AGAM201-AM20CW I2MLQXXXBM02EGBM251-BM25CW QR 22. 2.8 4. approximately how much liquid will there be altogether? 2 cup 3 (B) 1.0 3.6. 3. 2. 19. 2. 2. What is the length of ST? (A) (B) (C) (D) y–x y+x x–y xy I3MLQ2000N13CN00000-0558DW 21. In a warehouse.8.6 3. The jars shown are not completely filled to the top.5 cups (C) 3 cups (D) 6 cups (A) 82 Go on to the next page. The length of RS is x and the length of RT is y.2. 3.8. 2. Which three numbers are the vertical arrows pointing to on the number line? (A) (B) (C) (D) 2. 23. 2.4. there are 687 boxes with 36 candles in each box.2 What is the volume of the larger cube? (A) 9 units3 (B) 18 units3 (C) 27 units3 (D) 81 units3 I2MLQXXXCN23EGCA311-CA31BW I2MLQXXXBA02CGBM281-BM28AW 20. The volume of the small. .2. Use the number line to answer the question. shaded cube is 1 unit3. Jar 1 and Jar 2 would each hold 1 cup of liquid when filled to the top.

Use the diagram of the cube to answer the question. The ingredients in the recipe were evenly mixed and equally divided into 5 bags.QR I2MLQXXXCG03BGCQ321-CQ32DW I2MLQXXXCN22CN00000-CQ34BW 2 26. Hammond put the names of all her students in a hat. Hammond’s class? (A) 3 (B) 4 (C) 9 (D) 11 I2MLQXXXCM02EGCQ091-CQ09CW I2MLQXXXCN21CN00000-CA34CW 25.7 inches 24.5 inches 3. How many inches would it take to represent 25 miles? (A) (B) (C) (D) 2. The probability that she will pull out a boy’s name at random is 3 out of 7. Ms. RECIPE 10 cups of crisp corn cereal 7 cups of pretzel sticks 2 cups of raisins 3 cups of chocolate chips 1 cup of sunflower seeds Approximately how many cups of the mixture were placed in each bag? (A) (B) (C) (D) 3 1 2 28. How many small cubes are being used to build the large cube? (A) (B) (C) (D) 32 48 64 96 4 1 4 2 5 83 Go on to the next page. will allow the semicircles to exactly match the original figure? (A) (B) (C) (D) line p only line s only both line p and line s both line p and line r 27. How many boys are in Ms.2 inches represents 10 miles. The figure shown may be folded along one or more of the dotted lines. when folded. I3MLQ2002D04BN00000-0702CW Which line or pair of lines.0 inches 3. The scale on Tanji’s map shows that 1.5 inches 3. . There are 12 girls in the class.

29. (C) The range is greater than the number of minutes Joey read. . (A) (B) (C) (D) 2 + (6 × n) = 10 – n 2 + (6 × n) = n – 10 2 × (6 × n) = 10 – n 2 × (6 × n) = n – 10 84 Go on to the next page. (B) Eric read fewer minutes than Mandy. How many triangular regions can be made in the figure by only drawing line segments from vertex P to the other vertices? (A) (B) (C) (D) 4 5 6 7 Based on this graph. cinnamon. and cocoa. Kara has a box of chocolates with different cream fillings: caramel.2 I3MLQ2002D03AG17004-0700AW I2MLQXXXAG04BGAM351B-AM35BW QR 31. The probability of choosing a chocolate filled with caramel is 4 out of 9. Four students recorded the number of minutes spent reading at home for one night and recorded their data in the graph shown. (D) Lisa read the same number of minutes as Joey and Eric combined. which conclusion is true about the number of minutes spent reading? (A) The mean is between 18 and 19. Use the figure shown to answer the question. Which equation can be read as “2 more than 6 times a number is equal to 10 less than the number”? Let n represent the unknown number. I2MLQXXXAA02CN00000-AQ29BW I3MLQ2002D04CN00000-0701DW 32. Which combination of chocolates is possible? (A) 4 caramel chocolates and 9 others (B) 16 caramel chocolates and 36 others (C) 18 caramel chocolates and 8 others (D) 20 caramel chocolates and 25 others 30. orange. vanilla.

What is the value of n in the expression 30 15  45  = n? 3 (A) 200 (B) 600 (C) 900 (D) 1.800 85 STOP. you may check your work in this section only.000 P is the average of Q and another number.200 and 2. Use the number line shown to answer the question.QR I2MLQXXXBN13CN00000-BQ31BW I2MLQXXXCA02CGCA351-CA35DW 2 35. If there is time. .000 and 1. Josh did the problem shown with his calculator.000 and 2. What is the other number? (A) 3 (B) 6 (C) 14 (D) 18 I2MLQXXXCN13FN00000-CQ19BW 34. What is a reasonable estimation for his answer? (A) (B) (C) (D) between 1.000 between 2.500 and 3. 51  743 25 33.200 between 1.500 between 2.

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Each passage is followed by five questions based on its content. 87 STOP. You may write in your test booklet.RC Section 3 Reading Comprehension 20 Questions 3 Time: 20 minutes This section contains four short reading passages. Answer the questions following each passage on the basis of what is stated or implied in that passage. Do not go on until told to do so. .

Across the lake lay the safety of Canada. Each time he thought. New York. Runaway slaves were the passengers. conductors. his wife. one more free person. These were stationmasters. But it did have passengers. Frederick Douglass’ home in Rochester became an important station. Over the years. too. The Underground Railroad was not a railroad with trains and tracks. The station was where they rested and hid—usually the homes of people who hated slavery. Anna would ready the house and Frederick would go to the door. Called the Fugitive Slave Law. “Who’s there?” “A friend with friends. was a station on the Underground Railroad. Frederick Douglass helped over 400 slaves escape. it said that runaway slaves must be returned to their masters. “they are guests in our house. In 1850. They had to escape to Canada. As a former slave himself. Frederick Douglass’ home in Rochester. “Remember.3 Questions 1– 5 Passage LB03 RC 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 His days already crowded with work. Frederick Douglass’ whole family worked on the Railroad. Grown-ups talked in whispers and children learned to play in whispers. Slaves were not safe anywhere in the United States. .” They had to be quick guests. would look at each other and know— the Underground Railroad was running. Anyone caught hiding slaves would be fined or thrown in jail.” Frederick said. the Underground Railroad became more dangerous when a new law was passed. and stationmasters.” someone would answer. and the conductors were the people who led them North. Usually they came late at night with a knock on the door. His five children helped him hide the slaves and make them comfortable. He wouldn’t open it. First he would whisper. Traveling on the Underground Railroad was dangerous. “There goes one less slave. Frederick Douglass found time for another job. Then Frederick knew it was safe to let them inside. stations. He never knew when to expect a group of slaves.” 88 Go on to the next page. since it was the last station on the line on Lake Ontario. he made time to work on the Underground Railroad. Frederick and Anna.

(B) It became more complicated because he had to involve his family.RC I2ELCXXXBM01APLB030-BR10CW I2ELBXXXBS01BLB030-BR13CW 3 4. (C) describe Frederick Douglass’ work with the Underground Railroad. pirate. . immigrant. if caught. According to the passage. what was the destination of most slaves on the Underground Railroad? I2ELBXXXBV03B LB030-BR12AW 3. “Fugitive” most nearly means (A) (B) (C) (D) escapee. (C) It became more dangerous because. The primary purpose of the passage is to (A) relate the various roles Frederick Douglas played in his lifetime. (D) discuss the characteristics of the slaves who used the Underground Railroad. 89 Go on to the next page. he could now go to prison. (D) It became easier because more former masters came and retrieved the slaves. I2ELBXXXBO01DLB030-BR15DW 1. I2ELBXXXBO01DPLB030-BR11CW 2. (B) analyze the reasons for the operation of the Underground Railroad. In line 36. The passage provides information to answer which question? (A) In which state did the Underground Railroad originate? (B) What was Frederick Douglass’ work other than his work with slaves? (C) Why did Frederick Douglass have his family members help him in his work? (D) After 1850. wanderer. how did Frederick Douglass’ job change in 1850? (A) It became harder because fewer people worked with him. The passage states that the slaves filled which role on the Underground Railroad? (A) (B) (C) (D) conductors engineers passengers stationmasters 5.

insects. On rare occasions. will take over any place it can—even a vacant lot. perhaps a hundred years or more. plants will show up anyway. If the lot is left free to develop for many years and receives adequate sunlight and rain. Other seeds may drop off the clothing of people walking near or across the vacant lots. rainwater may dampen the seeds and cause them to sprout. This sort of thing happened in London after the city was bombed during the Second World War. Some of the seed swill is carried in the wind to the newly formed vacant lot. After many damaged buildings were torn down. Soon the first plants will appear. if given half a chance. 90 Go on to the next page. its plant life will follow a predictable life cycle. Over the years. Yet. seeds may remain under buildings for decades. Its first plant inhabitants will be weeds and wild flowers. followed by vines and quick-growing trees such as the white pine. the lot will not remain “vacant” for long. Once the building goes. However. . new plants will start growing in the vacant lot. grasses will appear. Eventually. harsh places. a vacant lot is created. In a few years. they teach us something. Even if this does not happen with old seeds. the lot will probably become home to birds.3 Questions 6–10 Passage LC02 RC 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 When a building is torn down. such as dandelions and clover. seeds of plants and spores of mosses and ferns will find their way to the lot. The building over them keeps them dry and preserved. and many small animals. When this happens. Vacant lots may appear to be ugly. They prove that life. beautiful wild flowers that had not been known to grow in London for hundreds of years started growing in the vacant lots. Birds will leave undigested seeds on the ground in their droppings.

91 Go on to the next page. (C) in open fields that receive a lot of sunlight and rain. (D) Many buildings in London were destroyed by bombing during the Second World War. The function of the last paragraph (lines 37– 40) is to (A) provide an exciting ending to the passage. The author implies that a good place to look for seeds of plants that no longer grow in the city would be (A) in the dirt under very old buildings. Which best characterizes plant life as it is described in the passage? (A) (B) (C) (D) beautiful edible persistent untidy 10. (C) summarize one of the main ideas of the passage. the author implies that the return of life to a vacant lot would be held back if (A) animal life disappeared from the area. I2ELCXXXCI01IP LC020-CR07AW 8. (B) people did not walk near or across the lot. (D) on the clothing of people walking through vacant lots. Which best expresses the main idea of the passage? (A) Life will return even to a vacant lot in the city. (D) provide evidence that the author’s argument is correct. (C) The clothing of people walking through the city carries plant seeds. I2ELCXXXCO1DP LC020-CR09CW 7. (C) the lot did not get enough water and sunlight. (B) Animals will not live in a vacant lot until plant life has developed. I2ELCXXXCO01FPL C020-CR10CW 6. (D) the lot became covered with grasses and vines.RC I2ELCXXXCM01APLC020-CR06AW I2ELCXXXCI01IP LC020-CR08CW 3 9. . In the fifth paragraph (lines 27–36). (B) in places that are full of dandelions and clover. (B) leave the reader with an unsolved mystery.

“Will Ms. Logan’s students please call 214. they didn’t know it was time to get off since they were in a different car. Will Ms. We boarded two different subway cars. As I was counting noses in the station. and about six students who were in the car next to mine decided to take advantage of my not being there.” I returned to the train platform downstairs to see the rest of my class running around wildly looking for a phone. Logan’s students please call 214. I saw six of them pressed up against the glass in the last car.3 Questions 11–15 Passage LC07 RC 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 On a recent trip to the Oakland Museum to see a display of African American quilts. I went upstairs to speak with the stationmaster. which they are not supposed to do. So the stationmaster got on the paging system and announced. They began walking from one car to the other. 92 Go on to the next page. looking worried and distraught as the train pulled out. who phoned ahead to check with security personnel. They reported that the students had not disembarked at the next station. When we came to our stop. . several students got lost.

. (C) they were distracted by the other passengers. 15. The passage is primarily concerned with describing (A) the benefits of traveling by train. continued. (C) the strengths and weaknesses of subway security. asked for help. (B) the subway paging system was not working. (D) The telephones on the subway platform were not operating properly. Which can be inferred from the last sentence (lines 22–24)? (A) The students were bored and desired exercise. (B) The students were trying to find their lost classmates. (D) the teacher’s experience with a group of students. “disembarked” most nearly means (A) (B) (C) (D) called. (B) the importance of visiting museums. a group of students did not get off the subway at the appropriate station because (A) their teacher miscounted noses. (C) The students who were not lost thought they should call 214. The passage supplies information to answer which question? (A) Where were the students going? (B) Where were the students coming from? (C) How many students were in the total group? (D) How did the class react when the students were all reunited? I2ELCXXXCS01BPLC070-CR33DW 11. I2ELCXXXCI01IPLC070-CR35CW 13. In line 18. 93 Go on to the next page. gotten off. I2ELCXXXCV03BPLC070-CR34CW 12.RC I2ELCXXXCM01APLC070-CR36DW I2ELCXXXCO01EPLC070-CR32AW 3 14. According to the author. (D) they were not in the same car as their teacher.

milk. some cottage cheese. while just one or two were exploring the other substances. 94 Go on to the next page.3 Questions 16–20 Passage LA05 RC 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 One spring I celebrated the first ant parade that found its way into my kitchen by allowing it to do whatever it wanted to. easily accessible surface. A steady line of ants filed from a crack just below a windowsill to the corner of my sink. I soon learned that they were interested in everything except the vinegar. I dabbed a few items: a little peanut butter. some raw egg white. Because my drainer contained too many odds and ends for me to see exactly what it was the ants were after. . Another line was headed just as steadily in the other direction. some honey. and on its rounded. I set up a feeding station to determine their food preferences. I concluded that such encouragement was not good for our relationship. where I keep a small drainer of vegetable wastes for my compost heap. and vinegar. but their real favorite was the honey. I added a piece of apple. So I cleared up my feeding station and began my annual effort to eliminate or protect the foods that invite ants to forage indoors. and plain water. I turned a dinner plate upside down. As much as I enjoyed watching the ants making their food choices. There were always four or five ants crowded around the honey drop. As the day went by.

(C) the author learned about ants’ food preferences. (D) the author protects the kitchen against ants. . The author turned the dinner plate upside down (lines 12 – 13) in order to (A) make the food visible from far away. “forage” most nearly means to (A) (B) (C) (D) build a nest. I2ELAXXXAO01EPLA050-AR23DW 18. If there is time. (B) ants find their way into people’s homes. unappreciative. raise offspring. The author’s attitude toward ants is best described as one of (A) (B) (C) (D) annoyance. 16. The main purpose of the passage is to describe how (A) ants locate food and take it to their nests. I2ELAXXXAI01ILA050-AR22DW I2ELAXXXAV03BPLA050-AR25BW 20. In line 30. unfriendly. (D) make it easier for the ants to climb onto it. (B) keep the food safe from other insects. disgust. 17. you may check your work in this section only. interest. (C) keep the ants from carrying the food away. form a parade. dangerous. look for food.RC I2ELAXXXAM01APLA050-AR26CW I2ELAXXXAF02CPLA050-AR24AW 3 19. the author is suggesting that the ants could become (A) (B) (C) (D) annoying. dismay. 95 STOP. By saying that such encouragement was not “good for our relationship” (lines 27–28).

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97 STOP. Find the row of spaces on your answer document that has the same number as the question. mark the space having the same letter as the answer you have chosen. so circle C is darkened. . Do not go on until told to do so. SAMPLE QUESTION: Which number is divisible by 6 without a remainder? (A) (B) (C) (D) 16 33 48 64 Sample Answer The correct answer is 48. You may write in your test booklet.MA Section 4 Mathematics Achievement 25 Questions 4 Time: 25 minutes Each question is followed by four suggested answers. Read each question and then decide which one of the four suggested answers is best. In this row.

What is the standard form for two hundred three thousand forty-nine? (A) (B) (C) (D) 203. What is the name of a rectangle with sides of equal length? (A) (B) (C) (D) hexagon octagon pentagon square 98 Go on to the next page. A total of 28 students were asked which one of three snacks—ice cream. I2MLAXXXCN11AGCQ011-CQ01BW 5. popsicles. or frozen yogurt—they preferred. Which expression is equal to 20? (A) (B) (C) (D) (3  5) + 4 – 7 3  (5 + 4) – 7 3  5 + (4 – 7) 3  (5 + 4 – 7) 3.4 I2MLAXXXCM02DGCQ151-CQ15BW I2MLAXXXCN11AN00000-CA04AW MA 4.409 230. Use the number line to answer the question. What is the value of the expression 308 + 197? (A) (B) (C) (D) 405 495 505 515 I2MLAXXXCA02AN00000-CA06BW 7. Use the triangle to answer the question.049 203.900 1. If 17 students said they preferred ice cream. and 4 students said they preferred popsicles. .490 234. What is the perimeter of the triangle? ( P = s + s + s) (A) (B) (C) (D) 18 feet 36 feet 54 feet 72 feet What number is represented by point P on the number line? (A) (B) (C) (D) 73 77 79 83 I2MLAXXXCD04BN00000-CA05AW 2. how many students said they preferred frozen yogurt? (A) 7 (B) 11 (C) 15 (D) 21 I2MLAXXXCG01AN00000-CQ05DW I2MLAXXXCN13BN00000-CA13CW 6.

TEMPERATURE EXPERIMENT Black Can White Can Silver Can 50F 50F 50F 53F 50F 52F 57F 51F 54F 62F 51F 56F 68F 52F 58F 75F 52F 60F Start 10 min 20 min 30 min 40 min 50 min At 50 minutes.99.99.4? 1 4 1 (B) 40 4 (C) 10 4 (D) 100 (A) I2MLAXXXCN13BN00000-CA18BW 11. and one can was painted silver.835 99 Go on to the next page. What is the estimated total cost of Chris’ items? (A) (B) (C) (D) between $20 and $25 between $25 and $30 between $30 and $35 between $35 and $40 10. .50. A class put three cans full of water in the sun. If 2  (□ + 4) = 22. and $16. $11. $0. What is the value of the expression 2.MA I2MLAXXXCD02AN00000-CA07DW (1 of 2 cluster) 4 8. how much warmer was the water in the black can than the water in the white can? (A) 8F (B) 13F (C) 18F (D) 23F I2MLAXXXCN21EN00000-CA03CW I2MLAXXXCA01BN00000-CA25AW 9. One can was painted black. one can was painted white.49.835 1.99.935 2. Chris buys five items costing $3. what number does □ stand for? (A) 7 (B) 9 (C) 11 (D) 15 I2MLAXXXCN23DN00000-CQ21DW 12. Which fraction is equivalent to 0. $2.735 1. Each can was covered and had a thermometer in it to measure the temperature of the water in degrees Fahrenheit. The table shows the data collected.000 – 165? (A) (B) (C) (D) 1.

430 mi2 (B) Lake Tanganyika.000 (D) 15.000 (B) 5. which has an area of 12. which has an area of 23.000 (C) 10. The graph shows the population of four towns. . If one of the cards is picked up at random.700 mi2 (C) Lake Huron. How many more people live in Southville than live in Eastville? (A) 3. Which lake has an area closest 1 to that of Lake Superior? 3 (A) Lake Nyasa.700 mi2. which has an area of 26.828 mi2 15.000 I2MLAXXXCN13CN00000-CA16AW I2MLAXXXCD04BGCA112-CA11BW 14. Lake Superior has an area of about 31.4 I2MLAXXXCD01CGCA021-CA02DW MA 13. which has an area of 11. Use the diagram to answer the question.000 mi2 (D) Lake Victoria. what is the chance that it will be a (A) (B) (C) (D) 1 out of 4 1 out of 3 1 out of 2 2 out of 3 ? 100 Go on to the next page.

3.6 8.1 7. l =length.3 8.3 7.8 8. {2.2 8.7 16. 14.9 8. and w = width.6 7. . ___ What is the next number in the sequence? (A) (B) (C) (D) 34 44 54 64 101 Go on to the next page.9 7. 32.4 7. 22. Use the table to answer the question.9 8.MA I2MLAXXXCD02BN00000-CQ26BW 4 Event 1 Event 2 Event 3 Event 4 7. where A = Area.0 7.3 8. which equation can be used to determine the width of that rectangle? (A = lw. 5. 2.7 7.0 8.4 8. If the area of a rectangle is 20 cm2. What is the mode of this set of data? (A) (B) (C) (D) 7.) (A) (B) (C) (D) 20 w l l w 20 w  20l w  20l I3MLA1104A01AN00000-0703BW 20. Use the number sequence to answer the question. Which fraction is between 1 4 1 3 2 5 4 5 1 9 and ? 2 10 (A) (B) (C) (D) I3MLA1104A02CN00000-0704AW 18.3 I2MLAXXXCN21DN00000-CQ24DW I3MLA3001N11GXXXX0-0780CW 17.5 7.9 7. 8. …} Which describes this set of numbers? (A) (B) (C) (D) odd numbers even numbers prime numbers composite numbers 19. 7.9 7.6 8. 11.0 7. Use the set of numbers shown to answer the question.0 HOPE SCHOOL’S SCORES 8. 4.

(C) 5 P. and arrives 4 hours later in Detroit. What is the perimeter of a rectangle that has a length of 8 inches and a width of 5 inches? (P = 2l + 2w) (A) (B) (C) (D) 13 inches 23 inches 26 inches 28 inches Go on to the next page.4 I2MLAXXXCM02BGCA281-CA28DW MA 21. (D) 8 P.9 + 1. What time is it in Detroit? (A) 10 A.7? 3 5 1 (B) 4 5 2 (C) 4 5 3 (D) 4 5 (A) 3 102 23.M. What is the sum of 2. (B) 1 P. An airplane leaves Seattle at 1:00 P. I2MLAXXXCN21BN00000-CA33DW I2MLAXXXCM02DN00000-CQ31CW 22.M.M.M. Use the Time Zone map to answer the question. .M.

MA I2MLAXXXCG02BGCA221-CA22CW I2MLAXXXCN23EN00000-CA19AW 4 25. He used 8 3 feet of the wire to make a lamp. What are the coordinates of point P in the figure? (A) (B) (C) (D) (1. Use the coordinate grid to answer the question. 1) (8. . 7) (1. 8) (8. you may check your work in this section only. 2) 103 STOP. How 4 many feet does he have left? (A) 1 7 8 1 (B) 2 8 1 (C) 2 2 7 (D) 2 8 24. Terry had 5 3 5 feet of wire. If there is time.

All rights reserved. photocopying. No part of this book may be reproduced. without prior written permission of the Educational Records Bureau. redistributed. 104 . recording or by any information storage and retrieval system. electronic. manual.Essay LOWER LEVEL Practice Test Copyright © 2009 by Educational Records Bureau. or transmitted in any form or by any means.

You should also be aware that a copy of your essay will be sent to each school that will be receiving your test results. you may use cursive writing or you may print. but you need to say enough for a reader to understand what you mean. Again. You are to write only in the appropriate section of the answer sheet. 105 . You should try to express your thoughts clearly. Directions continue on the next page. Allow enough time to copy the final form onto your answer sheet. on page 3. Do not write on another topic. not to the page numbers of the What to Expect on the ISEE book. NOTE: The page references in the directions below refer to the page numbers at the bottom of the answer sheet. Please remember to write only the final draft of the essay on pages 3 and 4 of your answer sheet and to write it in blue or black pen. The essay is designed to give you an opportunity to show how well you can write. Only pages 3 and 4 will be sent to the schools. How well you write is much more important than how much you write. in the box provided. You will probably want to write more than a short paragraph. Please write or print so that your writing may be read by someone who is not familiar with your handwriting. An essay on another topic is not acceptable.What to Expect on the ISEE Practice Test – Essay Essay Topic Sheet The directions for the Essay portion of the ISEE are printed in the box below. You will have 30 minutes to plan and write an essay on the topic printed on the other side of this page. You may make notes and plan your essay on the reverse side of the page. You must copy the essay topic onto your answer sheet. Use the pre-lined pages in Appendix B (pages 135–136) for this part of the Practice Test.

what would you change and why?    Only write on this essay question Only pages 3 and 4 will be sent to the schools Only write in blue or black pen Notes 106 . Essay Topic If you were granted the power to change one thing about your community.What to Expect on the ISEE Practice Test – Essay REMINDER: Please write this essay topic on the first few lines of page 3 of your answer sheet.

S CORING THE P RACTICE T EST L OWER L EVEL 107 .

As you determine these three scores. write 12 next to Total Correct. Enter the raw scores for each section on line 1 of the table above. Next. Count the number of correct (+) answers in each section. Move your Practice Test answer sheet beside the column headed Quantitative Reasoning on page 112 and follow steps 2 and 3 above. 8. 6. enter them in the table below. your results for Quantitative Reasoning are listed as “Word Problems. Remember to skip questions you did not answer as you mark down your answers. Follow the steps on these next pages exactly as written. please see the “Understanding the Individual Student Report (ISR)” section of this book. (Note: Although the Practice Test Answer Key lists questions by NCTM standards. Raw Score 2. and stanines. 7. but no points for a question you answer incorrectly or omit. you get one point for every question that you answer correctly. You will have three scores when you finish: your raw score. percentiles. 3. Move to Reading Comprehension (page 113) and Mathematics Achievement (page 114) in turn and follow steps 2 and 3 above. Continue until you have entered your answers beside the correct answers to each of the 30 Verbal Reasoning questions. Enter the answer that you chose for question 1 in the “Your Answer” column.” As you will see. For a full explanation of scaled scores. ISEE PRACTICE TEST SCORING Verbal Reasoning Quantitative Reading Mathematics Reasoning Comprehension Achievement 1. 4. except for the essay.”) 5. and you will soon know your score and how you did compared to other students who have taken a similar practice test. and your quartile ranking.What to Expect on the ISEE Scoring the Practice Test Step-by-Step Directions When you have finished all five sections of the Practice Test. Turn to page 111 and place your answer sheet beside the column headed Verbal Reasoning. Quartile Finding Your Raw Score The number of questions that you have answered correctly is called your “raw score. Scaled Score Range 3. 108 . These are your raw scores. For example. you will be ready to grade and score your test. if you have 12 “+” marks in Verbal Reasoning. your scaled score range. on the actual Individual Student Report (ISR). 2. move to the column to the right and put a “+” if your answer is correct. Leave this box blank if your answer is wrong or if you skipped this question. 1. Count each section separately and write down the number of correct answers next to Total Correct.

109 . Find the correct conversion table for the raw score of the section you wish to equate. using the tips for essay writing found on page 58. Find the reported range of scaled scores beside your raw score. Repeat for the other three sections. in the table for Verbal Reasoning. For example. we suggest that you ask an adult who knows you to read your practice essay and give you feedback about how you did. Remember. because the Practice Test that you took cannot be equated exactly with the real ISEE test. find the quartile that corresponds to your scaled score. We have provided a scaled score range for each raw score. 2. 1. For this Practice Test. the score you calculate here will be sufficiently close for you to feel confident in the score you can expect. The reason: the Practice Test was not taken under a real testing environment at a school or ISEE office. Follow these steps exactly. Reviewing Your Essay The ISEE does NOT score your essay. A photocopy of your essay will be sent to each school you listed to receive your scores. Record these numbers under the corresponding column on line 2 of the table on page 108. This step is necessary because there are different forms of the ISEE. using its own standards. and the scaled score helps the people who score the ISEE compare your score with other scores. Nevertheless. Finding Your Quartile Score Your quartile score is based on how you compare to other students applying to the same grade. Using the comparative data table that is next to the conversion table in each separate section. 3. Your actual ISEE score report will show a single scaled score for each section rather than the ranges shown on these conversion tables. Turn to the conversion tables on pages 115–118.What to Expect on the ISEE Scoring the Practice Test Finding Your Scaled Score You will need to convert (change) your raw score to a scaled score to see what it means and how you compare with other students who took a similar test. Note there are several tables (one for each section). Record the quartile for each section on line 3 of the table on page 108. the essay and the rest of the ISEE are only two of the pieces of information admission officers will use to determine your potential for success at their schools. find the line that lists the total of your correct answers (your “raw” score) on the Verbal Reasoning section. Each school will judge the essay independently.

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What to Expect on the ISEE Scoring the Practice Test – Answer Keys ISEE Practice Test Answer Keys Verbal Reasoning Answer Key—Lower Level (30 items) Item Key Your Answer + If Correct *Type 1 D 2 B 3 C 4 C 5 A 6 B 7 C 8 C 9 D 10 C 11 D 12 D 13 B 14 D 15 D 16 A 17 A 18 C 19 A 20 A 21 D 22 D 23 C 24 B 25 D 26 C 27 D 28 B 29 B 30 C TOTAL CORRECT *Key to Type of Item S = Synonyms SWR = Single Word Response PR = Phrase Response S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S SWR SWR SWR SWR SWR SWR SWR SWR SWR SWR PR PR PR PR PR 111 .

) 112 . Fractions) A = Algebraic Concepts G = Geometry M = Measurement D = Data Analysis and Probability (On the actual Individual Student Report.What to Expect on the ISEE Scoring the Practice Test – Answer Keys Quantitative Reasoning Answer Key—Lower Level (35 items) Item 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 Key A C B A A B B A D D D D C D D B A C C A D C B D C B C C A B B D B B D Your Answer + If Correct *Type ND NW NW M A G NW ND A D D A M A A A ND D ND A NW M ND G ND ND D M D A G D NW NW A TOTAL CORRECT *Key to Type of Item NW = Numbers and Operations (Whole Numbers) ND = Numbers and Operations (Decimals. your results for Quantitative Reasoning will only list Word Problems. Percents.

What to Expect on the ISEE Scoring the Practice Test – Answer Keys Reading Comprehension Answer Key—Lower Level (20 items) Item Key Your Answer + If Correct *Type 1 C 2 C 3 A 4 C 5 D 6 A 7 C 8 A 9 C 10 C 11 D 12 C 13 C 14 A 15 D 16 C 17 D 18 D 19 A 20 B TOTAL CORRECT MI OL V SI OL MI OL I I OL MI V I OL SI MI I OL T/S/F V *Key to Type of Item MI = SI = I = V = O/L = T/S/F = Main Idea Supporting Ideas Inference Vocabulary Organization/Logic Tone/Style/Figurative Language 113 .

Percents. Fractions) M D G NW NW NW A D ND NW A ND D NW D D NW A ND A M ND M G ND A = Algebraic Concepts G = Geometry M = Measurement D = Data Analysis and Probability 114 .What to Expect on the ISEE Scoring the Practice Test – Answer Keys Mathematics Achievement Answer Key—Lower Level (25 items) Item Key Your Answer + If Correct *Type 1 B 2 A 3 D 4 A 5 B 6 C 7 B 8 D 9 C 10 B 11 A 12 D 13 D 14 A 15 B 16 B 17 C 18 A 19 D 20 B 21 D 22 D 23 C 24 C 25 A TOTAL CORRECT *Key to Type of Item NW = Numbers and Operations (Whole Numbers) ND = Numbers and Operations (Decimals.

= 903) Raw *Reported Range Score 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 873 869 865 861 857 853 849 846 842 838 834 830 826 822 818 814 811 807 803 799 795 791 787 783 779 776 772 768 764 760 760 903 899 895 891 887 883 879 876 872 868 864 860 856 852 848 844 841 837 833 829 825 821 817 813 809 806 802 798 794 790 786 Comparative Data Scaled Score Quartiles Based on 2007–2008 ISEE Norms Applicants 75th 50th 25th to Grade 836 5 864 851 6 876 862 848 *Minimum reported range is 30 points wide. = 760 and Max.What to Expect on the ISEE Scoring the Practice Test – Conversion Tables Practice Test Conversion Tables and Percentiles (Quartiles) Verbal Reasoning Conversion Table — Lower Level 2009 ISEE Practice Tests Scaled Score Ranges (Min. 115 .

What to Expect on the ISEE Scoring the Practice Test – Conversion Tables Quantitative Reasoning Conversion Table — Lower Level 2009 ISEE Practice Tests Scaled Score Ranges (Min. = 911) Raw Score *Reported Range 35 34 33 32 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 881 878 875 871 868 865 862 858 855 852 848 845 842 838 835 832 829 825 822 819 815 812 809 805 802 799 796 792 789 786 782 779 776 772 769 766 911 908 905 901 898 895 892 888 885 882 878 875 872 868 865 862 859 855 852 849 845 842 839 835 832 829 826 822 819 816 812 809 806 802 799 796 Comparative Data Scaled Score Quartiles Based on 2007–2008 ISEE Norms Applicants 75th 50th 25th to GRADE 5 6 863 866 848 855 834 846 *Minimum reported range is 30 points wide. = 766 and Max. 116 .

= 913) Raw Score *Reported Range 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 883 877 871 865 859 853 848 842 836 830 824 818 812 806 800 794 788 782 776 770 764 913 907 901 895 889 883 878 872 866 860 854 848 842 836 830 824 818 812 806 800 794 Comparative Data Scaled Score Quartiles Based on 2007–2008 ISEE Norms Applicants 75th 50th 25th to GRADE 5 6 864 876 848 858 829 839 *Minimum reported range is 30 points wide. 117 .What to Expect on the ISEE Scoring the Practice Test – Conversion Tables Reading Comprehension Conversion Table — Lower Level 2009 ISEE Practice Tests Scaled Score Ranges (Min. Range can be wider at some points. = 764 and Max.

= 899) Raw Score *Reported Range 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 869 865 861 857 853 849 845 841 837 833 829 825 821 817 813 809 805 801 797 793 789 785 781 777 773 769 899 895 891 887 883 879 875 871 867 863 859 855 851 847 843 839 835 831 827 823 819 815 811 807 803 799 Comparative Data Scaled Score Quartiles Based on 2007–2008 ISEE Norms Applicants 75th 50th 25th to GRADE 5 6 870 876 857 866 844 855 *Minimum reported range is 30 points wide. = 769 and Max. 118 .What to Expect on the ISEE Scoring the Practice Test – Conversion Tables Mathematics Achievement Conversion Table — Lower Level 2009 ISEE Practice Tests Scaled Score Ranges (Min.

U NDERSTANDING THE I NDIVIDUAL S TUDENT R EPORT (ISR) L OWER L EVEL 119 .

What to Expect on the ISEE Understanding the Individual Student Report Sample Individual Student Report (ISR) Figure 1. Sample ISR – Lower Level 120 .

an unscored copy of the essay is sent to each school for which the student requests score reports. Different parts of the report provide information that may be used in the admission process to understand. compare. The Test Profile also shows stanines and a stanine analysis. Two parts of the report—the Test Profile and Analysis—are explained on the following pages. 121 . the Mathematics Achievement and Reading Comprehension sections show how well the student understands concepts already studied. mathematics and reading comprehension achievement sections.What to Expect on the ISEE Understanding the Individual Student Report The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) consists of verbal and quantitative reasoning sections. Figure 2. and an essay that demonstrates a student’s writing skills. Test Profile The Test Profile near the top of the report provides information about the student’s overall performance on each section of the ISEE. The purpose of this section of this book is to help students and their parents understand the information presented in the Individual Student Report (ISR). Sample Test Profile The ISEE scores are reported in four ways in order to provide a comprehensive picture of the student’s performance:     Scaled Scores Percentile Rank Stanine Stanine Analysis The Test Profile reports ISEE scores both as scaled scores and as percentile ranks with reference to ISEE norms. The ISR is a concise and useful summary of the student’s performance on the ISEE. These terms are discussed on the following pages. and evaluate student performance. except the essay. actual sample ISR is shown on the previous page (Figure 1). A complete. The reasoning sections (Verbal and Quantitative) measure what a student is capable of achieving or learning. Figure 2 shows the Test Profile from the sample ISR in Figure 1. These norms are based on independent school applicants in the same grade who have taken the ISEE during the past three years.

as follows: Percentile Rank 1–3 4 –10 11–22 23–39 40–59 60–76 77–88 89–95 96–99 Stanine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 122 . Percentile Rank The percentile rank shows the student’s standing when compared to other students in the norm group for this examination. The scaled score takes these slight differences into account and allows ERB to report a score on a common scale that has the same meaning for all students. For this reason. Stanine A stanine is a score from 1 to 9. Admission offices are aware of this difference in the norming populations and do not expect all applicants to be “above” the norm. ERB administers many different versions of the test each year. with 5 as the midpoint. ISEE scores are also reported as stanines. a student’s performance may be less than what it has been on other tests where the comparison group is less selective. Scaled Scores ISEE scaled scores for each section range from 760 to 940. regardless of the version taken. Small differences in percentile ranks on different tests may or may not represent significant differences in performance on those sections. The scaled score is derived from the raw score—the number of questions the student answered correctly—but is more useful than the raw score because the scaled score has the same meaning regardless of which version of the test was used.What to Expect on the ISEE Understanding the Individual Student Report The norm group for this test is a very competitive group of students who are applying to independent schools. A percentile rank of 36 on Mathematics Achievement. Therefore. as depicted in Figure 2. Percentile rank scores range from 1 to 99. indicates that the student scored as well as or better than 36 percent of all students in the norm group and less well than 63 percent (out of a total of 99 percentile points). for example. The rank is based on scores obtained from all students in a given grade who have taken the test over the past three years. Given that this is a competitive group of students. Stanines are derived by dividing the entire range of students’ scores into nine segments. a student is compared only to other students in the same grade who have applied to independent schools in the last three years.

Each section score is broken down by type of question. The percentile score is an estimate of a student’s ability or knowledge. if the Reading Comprehension band were completely to the right of the Verbal Reasoning band. the number of questions answered incorrectly. each section score indicates the number of questions answered correctly. the band for Verbal Reasoning (V). Each letter in the stanine analysis box in the Test Profile is the midpoint of a band that extends to either side of the stanine score. and between Quantitative Reasoning (Q) and Mathematics Achievement (M). The same kinds of comparisons can be made between the Mathematics Achievement and the Quantitative Reasoning bands. We can be reasonably certain that a student’s “true score” falls within the band reflected by a particular stanine. we can infer that the student was working below her potential. Analysis In the Analysis part of the ISR. these comparisons are made between Verbal Reasoning (V) and Reading Comprehension (R). Figure 3 shows the Analysis part of the sample ISR in Figure 1. In the example shown in Figure 2. If the stanine is 5.What to Expect on the ISEE Understanding the Individual Student Report Stanine Analysis The stanine analysis permits comparisons between a student’s performance on both the ability tests and the related achievement tests. the percentile rank range is 40–59. we could be reasonably certain that the student was performing better than expected. Figure 3. the band for Reading Comprehension (R) is a bit lower than. Sample Analysis 123 . This indicates that the student’s performance in reading is mostly consistent with the estimate of her verbal reasoning ability. because the band for Reading Comprehension is slightly to the left of the band for Verbal Reasoning. Conversely. Specifically. but still overlaps. providing more specific information about a student’s relative strengths and weaknesses. To a degree. for example. and the number of questions omitted or not reached.

For the other three sections of the test: Verbal Reasoning. the test is arranged so that easier items appear first and more difficult items appear later. supporting ideas. 124 . Quantitative Reasoning There are 35 multiple choice questions evenly distributed across the mathematical strands. The symbols in the fourth and final column indicate whether the student answered each individual question in the subsection correctly (+). Verbal Reasoning The Verbal Reasoning section includes 15 synonym questions and 15 sentence completion questions (10 single word response questions and 5 phrase response questions). skill. Questions coded N are at the end of the section (not necessarily at the end of the subsection) and were not answered. Questions coded S are those that appear to have been deliberately skipped by the student. vocabulary in context. and Mathematics Achievement.What to Expect on the ISEE Understanding the Individual Student Report In the first column. the left-to-right sequence of symbols in the fourth column reflects the order of the questions in the section. as questions in that section are placed in logical order as they relate to the associated reading passage. however. and figurative language. To solve a word problem. This section requires the student to show an understanding of concepts by using logical reasoning. The next two columns show the number of questions and the number the student answered correctly for each subsection. answered the question incorrectly (–). Reading Comprehension The Reading Comprehension section has 20 questions: five questions for each reading passage. In the example in Figure 3. synthesis. inference. Sentence completion requires the student to successfully integrate information beyond the immediate context of the phrase/sentence and incorporate subsuming concepts and ideas presented in the text using syntactic and semantic cues. logic. perhaps because the student ran out of time. The synonyms assess a student’s vocabulary as well as his or her ability to understand relationships among words and subtle differences in meaning. the student did not answer the last question. For all levels. These include questions on main idea. questions in each section are ordered by difficulty. This is not the case for Reading Comprehension. or did not reach the question (N). organization. with the easier questions at the beginning and the harder questions at the end. skipped the question (S). and comprehension. In general. each section is broken down into curricular areas and/or skills. The questions are listed in order as they appear on the test within each of the reading passage sections. the student must invoke a rule and then apply it. The results shown in Figure 3 indicate the student was able to answer all of the questions. Quantitative Reasoning. since subsequent questions in the subsection were answered.

For more information. Your score on the ISEE is compared to only students in your grade. Looking at the results for this student on the Mathematics Achievement section. it appears the student may have run out of time. you will probably make yourself very anxious if you do this. However.erblearn.What to Expect on the ISEE Understanding the Individual Student Report Mathematics Achievement There are 25 items on the Mathematics Achievement section covering six skill areas. and those students are probably learning about the same things that you are. since two questions were not reached. In line with a traditional notion of mathematics achievement. these items call for the identification of and solutions to problems requiring one or more steps in calculation. and in fact. 125 . It is more important to get a good night’s sleep the night before and to have a proper breakfast. In that case. Schools also want to know about you as a person and what you can contribute to their school community. Therefore it is possible that some of the questions may seem particularly difficult to you because you may not have learned some of the concepts in school yet. please visit ERB’s web site at www.org. We wish you the best of luck in your school search and hope that this book has been helpful in showing you what to expect on the ISEE. good preparation for the test includes being attentive in school and keeping up with your class work and homework. Remember that your ISEE scores are only part of the admission process. There are no benefits to frantically reviewing materials at the last minute. the information shown for each skill area may be useful for placement purposes. Conclusion Putting the ISEE in Perspective It is helpful to remember that students in more than one grade are taking a particular level of the ISEE.

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sentences. The reasoning function of synonyms takes place when the student must choose the word that is closest in meaning to the prompt word from among two or more related answer choices. can be used as predictors of academic success. As a result. follow logic. determining main idea of text. Verbal reasoning is the ability to reason. The purpose of this appendix is to provide students and their parents with additional information about the ISEE. Sentence completion questions not only test vocabulary. Sentence completions in the Middle and Upper Level forms are more complex. as well as newly developed questions similar to what students will find on the current ISEE. In the Lower Level forms of the ISEE. analyze problems. The Verbal Reasoning section of the ISEE is composed of two kinds of questions: synonyms and sentence completions. and think critically about what is being asked or expressed. The following table shows the total number of test items on the actual Verbal Reasoning section of the Lower Level ISEE. infer. Both of these kinds of questions test the depth and breadth of the student’s vocabulary. therefore. Item types that are often used for verbal reasoning include the following: extracting explicit information. academic and behavioral research have identified specific abilities that are relevant to academic performance and.What to Expect on the ISEE Appendix A Appendix A ISEE Content and Specifications The sample questions and practice tests represent actual questions from previous tests. and both test reasoning ability in different ways. make contrasts and comparisons. analyzing similar and dissimilar concepts and situations. and interpret words. but also measure a student’s knowledge of words and their functions. VERBAL REASONING SECTION Item Type Number of Items Synonyms 17 Sentence Completion: Single Word Response 11 Sentence Completion: Phrase Response 6 Total Items for Verbal Reasoning Section 34 127 . The student must recognize relationships. The student must use both syntactic and semantic information within the text and identify cues within the given sentence and across sentences. students get the best examples of the kinds of questions and the approximate level of difficulty that they will find when they take the ISEE. following directions. and discourse in order to extract meaning and solve problems. the sentence completion answer choices are single words or short phrases that complete a sentence fragment in the test item so the complete sentence has logical meaning. Synonyms focus more on word recognition and the ability to understand the relationships of other words and to discriminate among subtle differences in meaning. The student will be required to successfully integrate information beyond the immediate context of the phrase/sentence and incorporate subsuming concepts and ideas presented in the text. inferring word or phrase meaning. Verbal Reasoning Over the past century. and evaluating strength and logic of arguments. Verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning are among those abilities and are an integral part of the ISEE.

analyze and interpret data. predict. or estimate answers to computation problems. and know how to arrive at statistical solutions to given problems. part of the 128 . hence the absence of calculation in some items and the simplicity of calculation in others. The emphasis is on rule generation. The following table shows the total number of items on the actual Lower Level Quantitative Reasoning section. analyze. skill. QUANTITATIVE REASONING SECTION Item Type Number of Items Word Problems 38 Total Items for Quantitative Reasoning Section 38 Of the 38 total items. employ logic to determine what a particular problem entails. and 4 are unscored items that may be used on future versions of the ISEE. The Quantitative Reasoning section of the Lower Level ISEE consists of word problems that differ somewhat from traditional mathematics achievement items in that some of them require no calculation. The kinds of questions that are in the Quantitative Reasoning section are often called higher-order thinking problems. Questions may ask the student to recognize and apply a required numerical operation. Quantitative reasoning entails the ability to use numbers and numerical concepts in order to solve problems. and solving non-routine problems. synthesis. First. use reason to calculate the probability of events. 30 are scorable items reported on the ISR. The reasoning section requires the student to show an understanding of concepts by using logical reasoning. and 3 are unscored items that may be used on future versions of the ISEE. not miscalculations or other errors in form. 35 are scorable items reported on the ISR. draw conclusions. read a graph and compute using standard algorithms. They allow the student to show that he or she can apply that knowledge by interpreting data. estimating. determine what is relevant (and irrelevant). compare and contrast quantities. To solve a quantitative reasoning word problem. and symbols. Questions require the student to synthesize information. Quantitative Reasoning The Quantitative Reasoning section has the student show that he or she can do more than recall and recognize facts. select appropriate analysis techniques. Actual calculations may or may not be required. in a reasoning item. and comprehension. understand concepts and applications of measurement. solving application problems. recognizing patterns. Another feature of these problems is that they may contain irrelevant information. These questions ask the student to relate and integrate his or her knowledge of mathematics. A key aspect of all quantitative reasoning word problems is that all incorrect responses are based on logical errors. The emphasis is on the ability to reason and solve problems in a quantitative context. and summarize graphs. definitions. The rationale is twofold. the student must invoke a rule and then apply it. estimate numerical values. and apply them. compare.What to Expect on the ISEE Appendix A Of the 34 total items.

just as a mathematician or scientist would do. as students take additional tests in the future. they will see more and more problems with irrelevant information. The five questions that follow each passage test the concepts described above. contrast counterpoints. a persuasive passage will likely require the reader to follow the logic of a set of arguments. as described in the NCTE strands. or summary of the passage. point of view. or descriptive texts. A narrative. Questions may ask for straightforward comprehension of what is explicitly stated in the passage or may demand that the reader be aware of implicit ideas. Vocabulary items deal with word definitions within the context of the passage. The Supporting Ideas items assess the student’s ability to identify explicit ideas that support the main idea. At the Lower Level. such as college admission tests and other tests that include quantitative reasoning items. and personification. Explanation of Strands in Reading Comprehension Section       The Main Idea items assess the student’s ability to look for an overall message. the ISEE begins to prepare students for this experience. interpret or analyze text.What to Expect on the ISEE Appendix A problem is to sort the relevant from the irrelevant. usually in the form of “most nearly means. Second. All ISEE Reading Comprehension test items are based on passages of varying lengths.. Vocabulary. theme. passage length varies from 300 to 600 words. The test items that follow each reading passage measure a student’s ability relative to Main Idea. relationship. e. tone. The reader may need to infer. For the Lower Level test. Inference. on the other hand. and evaluate the opposing points of view. and/or predict subsequent events or outcomes. structure. and figurative language such as images. expository. analyze. Tone/Style/Figurative Language items assess the student’s understanding of mood. or central idea in the passage. and Tone/Style/Figurative Language. there are five passages in the Reading Comprehension section. persuasive. Inference items may ask the student to compare and contrast ideas. 129 . but also by question type. Inference items ask the student to draw a conclusion from content not explicitly stated in the text. interpret. Each genre presents features particular to it and may require that different reading skills be engaged to understand and interpret the text’s meaning. pattern. may demand attention to detail and the sequencing of events. Reading Comprehension Texts of various genres are used to assess reading comprehension. each followed by five questions that relate to the passage. Organization/Logic.g. Reading comprehension may be affected not only by text type. For example. In one sense. and/or synthesize information in order to arrive at a correct answer to a given question. Supporting Ideas. narrative.” Organization/Logic items ask students to identify the sequence. irony.

and 5 are unscored items that may be used on future versions of the ISEE. The ISEE Mathematics Achievement section on the actual Lower Level test contains 30 items.What to Expect on the ISEE Appendix A The following table shows the total number of items in the actual Lower Level Reading Comprehension section.. Based on the strands of the NCTM. Items assess what mathematics the student has been taught and how much the student is able to do. wrong formulas). Mathematics Achievement Mathematics Achievement test items conform to the traditional mathematics achievement items that call for the identification and solution of a problem requiring one or more steps in calculation. as well as concepts. 130 . Item formats and rules for generating items are summarized below. the items require calculations ranging from simple addition and subtraction (Lower Level) to second-year algebra (Upper Level). o They require knowledge of procedures. READING COMPREHENSION SECTION Number of Items ISEE Strand Per Strand Main Idea 3– 4 Supporting Ideas 3–6 Inference 4– 8 Vocabulary 4– 8 Organization/Logic 2– 4 Tone/Style/Figurative Language 1–3 Total Items on Reading Comprehension Section 25 Of the 25 total items. The following table shows the skill areas and approximate number of questions testing those skill areas for the Middle Level Mathematics Achievement section. They require application of standard mathematical rules in standard situations. 20 are scorable items reported on the ISR. Incorrect answer choices are based on process errors (e.g.     Items measure knowledge of content area and academic skills. miscalculations. using wrong operations. o They require knowledge of terminology. Items have the following characteristics: o They are more concrete than abstract.

and 5 are unscored items that may be used on future versions of the ISEE. The essay will give further insight into what is important to the applicant.What to Expect on the ISEE Appendix A MATHEMATICS ACHIEVEMENT SECTION Skill Areas Number of Items Whole Numbers 4–7 Decimals. All prompts are free of bias. This is particularly true of the Mathematics Achievement section. Percents. The Lower Level prompts ask students to write an essay that is of interest and relevant to the experiences of students at this age. But the student’s ISEE score is compared only to students in the same grade who are also applying to independent schools. Essay The essay prompts on the ISEE were created to be consistent with the prompts on previous editions of the ISEE. The Mathematics Achievement section has a direct connection to what the student is learning or has learned in mathematics in school. and representative of a wide variety of topics. students who are probably learning about the same things in school. 25 are scorable items reported on the ISR. Fractions 4–7 Algebraic Concepts 4– 7 Geometry 2– 5 Measurement 2– 5 Data Analysis and Probability 4–7 Total Items on Mathematics Achievement Section 30 Of the 30 total items. 131 . it is possible that some of the questions may seem difficult because the student has not yet learned some of the concepts. since each level is given to students in more than one grade. As stated previously. global in scope.

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123–124 Answer Keys. 39. 127–128 Verbal Reasoning: Conversion Table. 16. Percents. 27. 69 Test Profile (ISR). Fractions. 11. 127 Stanine. 22. 119–125 Inference.What to Expect on the ISEE Index Index Algebraic Concepts. 68 Tone/Style/Figurative Language. 129–130 Mathematics Achievement. 10. 115 Verbal Reasoning: Individual Student Report (ISR). 118 Mathematics Achievement: Individual Student Report (ISR). 117 Reading Comprehension: Individual Student Report (ISR). 129 Whole Numbers. 114 Mathematics Achievement: Content/ Specifications. 124 Quantitative Reasoning: Practice Test. 129 NCTM. 128–129 Quantitative Reasoning: Conversion Table. 96–103 Mathematics Achievement: Sample Test Questions. 39–42 Sample Test Questions and Essay. 119–125 Verbal Reasoning. 22–24 Test Directions. 113 Reading Comprehension: Content/ Specifications. 121–123 Time Allotted. 130 Numbers and Operations. 27–38 Raw Score. 49–50 Analysis (ISR). 123 Supporting Ideas. 51–52 Individual Student Report (ISR). 55–56 Decimals. 28–30 Essay. 9–20 Main Idea. 39. 39. 57–66. 126–136 Conversion Tables. 111 Verbal Reasoning: Content/ Specifications. 125 Mathematics Achievement: Practice Test. 128–129 137 . 121–122 Scoring the Practice Test. 111–114 Appendices. 70–75 Verbal Reasoning: Sample Test Questions. 115–118 Data Analysis and Probability. 116 Quantitative Reasoning: Individual Student Report (ISR). 104–106. 45–46 Word Problems. 108–109. 11 Verbal Reasoning: Answer Key. 11–12 Mathematics Achievement: Answer Key. 35–36. 25–26. 39. 121–122 Stanine Analysis. 76–85 Quantitative Reasoning: Sample Test Questions. 31–32. 129 Synonyms. 43–56 Measurement. 86–95 Reading Comprehension: Sample Test Questions. 21– 66 Scaled Score. 39. 19. 129 Understanding the Individual Student Report (ISR). 124 Verbal Reasoning: Practice Test. 37–38. 121–122 Practice Test. 108–109 Reading Comprehension. 131 Geometry. 11 Reading Comprehension: Answer Key. 11 Quantitative Reasoning: Answer Key. 130–131 Mathematics Achievement: Conversion Table. 132–136 Quantitative Reasoning. 18. 107–118 Sentence Completion. 108–109. 18. 67–106 Practice Test Answer Sheet. 12. 10. 129 Percentile. 28. 129–130 Reading Comprehension: Conversion Table. 129–130 Introduction to the ISEE. 22–26 Vocabulary. 47–48. 53–54 NCTE. 33–34. 124 Reading Comprehension: Practice Test. 39. 28–30. 45–48 Organization/Logic. 112 Quantitative Reasoning: Content/ Specifications. 43.

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