Online ISEE Test Prep

1-on-1 individualized tutoring for higher ISEE scores

About the ISEE

The ISEE is the Independent School Entrance Examination, and it's used for admission to private middle schools and high schools. If you're looking to attend an elite private middle or high school, this is a test you'll need to do well on.

Different levels of the test are offered depending on where you are in your education. The Upper Level is designed for applicants in 9th grade and above. The Middle Level is for applicants in 7th and 8th grade, and the Lower Level is for applicants in 5th and 6th grade. No matter which level, the ISEE contains the same sections—Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, and Mathematics Achievement. The test also contains an unscored essay that is sent to the schools you're applying to.

ISEE Test Dates
Fall Testing Season:
Winter Testing Season:
Spring/Summer Testing Season:
What Are the Challenges?
Test Design

The ISEE is an extremely difficult test, and each level—Lower, Middle, and Upper—is designed to challenge multiple grade levels. Because of this, there is material on the test that you are not expected to know.

Math Problems

The ISEE has the hardest math section of almost all high school entrance tests: it's well beyond what any 8th-grader could be expected to know at the time of the test.


One of the most daunting elements of the ISEE is its length. For example, the middle-level ISEE exam has 5 sections and a total testing time of 2 hours and 40 minutes. The time constraint gives you little time to consider possible answers.

Vocabulary Requirement &
Complex Reading Passage

In Verbal Reasoning and Reading Comprehension, your vocabulary level will determine how well you do in "word-in-context" questions. Also, the actual reading passages on the ISEE tend to be longer than any of the published practice ISEE tests.

Why Study with SINICA?
  • Individualized

    Sinica's 1-on-1 tutoring program gives students an individualized learning experience that is intentionally designed to help them target their learning gaps in weak areas.

  • Experienced

    Our instructors graduated from TOP 30 universities with 10+ years of teaching experience on average. Every tutor has undergone a rigorous screening process with subject exams and mock tutoring sessions to ensure they have the academic background and abilities necessary to teach our students well.

  • Visible

    We prioritize teaching our students exam strategies while also tutoring them in their content area needs. We want students to feel confident in both their knowledge and exam-taking abilities.

  • Personal

    We value building relationships with our students to best understand their academic needs and goals, so that we can provide support that is tailored to the way they learn and understand concepts.

  • Persistent

    We understand the importance of scores on student's academic future. We are committed to helping students reach their fullest potential by ensuring higher grades and cultivating outstanding abilities.

What Makes Our Tutors Different
  • Great Learners Make
    Greater Teachers

    Our instructors were brilliant test takers and accumulated knowledge and test-taking skills. They graduated from the world's top universities with academic distinctions, and 70% of them hold a master's or even higher degree. Our elite instructors will teach you the skills they have developed over the years.

  • Qualified Competence
    through Rigorous Screening

    Every tutor has undergone a rigorous screening process with subject exams and mock tutoring sessions to ensure they have the necessary background and abilities to teach our students well. We set layers of screening to make sure that our instructors can quickly identify students' pain points and consequently personalize their teaching methods and styles to suit those different needs.

  • Nothing Are Able to
    Substitute Experience

    On average, our instructors have over 10 years of teaching experience. They have taught hundreds of students from different backgrounds and clocked thousands of hours in the online classroom. They have helped innumerable students improve their scores significantly.

Key Steps to Achieve High ISEE Scores
Statistics at a Glance
  • 85% of our students
    scored 7 or higher on
    the ISEE
  • 1000+ students
    scored over 7 on the
    ISEE (all levels)
  • 98% of students are
    satisfied with their results
  • 99% of students
    see improvements in their
    ISEE test scores
Frequently Asked Questions
  • How do I prepare for the ISEE?

    Our tutors will support you through the entire ISEE prep process, from test registration to test result analysis. We will help you with the following:
    —Learn about the ISEE test format and content.
    —Set a score goal. However, the scoring system on the ISEE is notoriously complicated—1-9 stanine scores cannot be reliably converted from scaled scores because these scores are relative to other test-takers in the same grade who are applying to the same private schools. For this reason, we suggest focusing on setting goals on the percentage of correctly answered questions.
    —Work through practice exams and grade them for you.
    —In the weeks leading up to the test, ensure your score is where you need it to be.

  • How is the ISEE scored?
    Verbal Reasoning

    797-935 (Upper Level)
    782-926 (Middle Level)
    760-903 (Lower Level)

    Reading Comprehension

    825-940 (Upper Level)
    799-940 (Middle Level)
    764-913 (Lower Level)


    It is not scored, but a copy is sent to the schools to which you apply. All scores are converted to a grade-appropriate “stanine (STAndard NINE) scale,” representing a percentile range.

    Quantitative Reasoning

    815-940 (Upper Level)
    791-927 (Middle Level)
    766-911 (Lower Level)

    Mathematics Achievement

    806-940 (Upper Level)
    774-907 (Middle Level)
    769-899 (Lower Level)

  • What is a good score on the ISEE?

    Generally, a good ISEE score is a Stanine Score of 7, 8, or 9. Stanine Scores of 4, 5, and 6 are considered average, and scores of 1, 2, and 3 are below average. However, the comprehensive answer to this question depends on several factors, including the schools you apply to and how selective they are.

  • How important are ISEE scores in my middle/ high school admissions?

    The schools are most interested in the stanine scores. Stanine scores separate students into nine groups, making it easy for them to be compared to other test-takers and average ISEE scores.

    ISEE scores are only one component of a student’s application. Schools also consider an applicant’s school grades, extracurricular activities, teacher recommendations, essays, etc. Outstanding ISEE scores do not guarantee to get a student admitted into a competitive school if the rest of the application is weak. However, a low ISEE score may not seem acceptable for some private schools.

  • What is the difference between ISEE and SSAT?

    Both the ISEE and the SSAT are used for admission to private middle and high schools and test Vocabulary, Math, and Reading Comprehension. Many schools will accept either test for admission, giving you the option of choosing the test that suits you and your abilities better.

    The major difference between the tests is how they test your abilities in each exam section. The ISEE uses synonyms and sentence completion to test vocabulary, while the SSAT uses synonyms and analogies. The reading passages on the ISEE tend to be longer than those on the SSAT, but the SSAT includes a broader range of genres, including poetry. The ISEE also places a heavier emphasis on mathematical reasoning than the SSAT does. If the schools you’re applying to will take either test, choose the one that’s better suited to your abilities.

  • How can I benefit from ISEE 1-on-1 tutoring?

    1. 1-on-1 tutoring ensures that you receive the time and attention that brings out your best. As a result, you can progress much faster.
    2. You can receive feedback personalized and unique to your learning abilities and goals.
    3. Tutoring session times are flexible and tailored to your schedule and needs.
    4. 1-on-1 tutoring is a better value for your money because every second is dedicated to working on YOU.

    We look forward to being a solid backbone in your ISEE preparation.

Meet Some of Our Amazing ISEE Teachers
Alan H.

M.A.一University of Notre Dame

B.A.一New York University

Rachel R.

Ph.D.一University of Toledo

Rebecca W.

B.A.一New York University

Why Students Love Learning with Us?

Thanks to Sinica Education's ISEE tutoring services, my child was able to excel on the exam and gain admission to his top-choice school. We are very grateful for the tutors' expertise and dedication.

Sinica Education's ISEE tutoring services helped me understand the concepts and strategies I needed to tackle the ISEE exam.

As a parent, I appreciated the individualized attention and support that Sinica Education's ISEE tutors provided for my child. They helped her develop the skills and confidence necessary to succeed in the exam.

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