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Test Instructions

Prometric Test Centers

The following instructions are for families and students taking the ISEE online format at a Prometric Test Center.

Rest and relax.

Families should try to keep test day as stress-free as possible. Students should get a good night's sleep, eat a nutritious meal before the test, and refrain from any last-minute "cramming."

It's okay to guess.

No one is expected to answer every question correctly. Students in a lower grade taking the same test as students in a higher grade are expected to obtain fewer correct answers. Remember, a student’s test performance is compared only to the performance of students at their own grade level.

Try to answer every question.

Students should attempt to answer every question as there are no penalties for incorrect answers. But don't spend too much time on any one question; it is better to move on to the next question and return to skipped items within a test section if time permits.

Check-In Time

Check in to your test by the check-in time listed in your Appointment Confirmation email. This is typically 30 minutes before the test starts. Give yourself plenty of travel time to avoid any undue anxiety from rushing. Late arrivals are not permitted to test and are responsible for any applicable rescheduling or cancellation fees. Scratch paper and pencils will be provided for students at check-in.

What To Bring

Make sure to bring the following items to the test. Only the items listed below are allowed in the testing room—do not bring any other personal items, including smartwatches or cell phones, into the testing room unless they are approved for use by ERB as a testing accommodation. For more information about our rules and regulations go here. Scratch paper and pencils will be provided for students.

What to Expect on Test Day

Test Details

The test contains timed sections that cover different academic subjects. Timing and subjects will vary by level. Sample tests are available to familiarize your student with the testing platform and types of questions. For additional information about test preparation, go here.

Lower Level

2 Hours, 20 Minutes Testing + Two Breaks and Instructions
For students applying to Grades 5 - 6. Test sections are strictly timed but the time it takes to read instructions and complete breaks will vary. If you are approved for extended testing time due to a testing accommodation, you can find extended timing details here.

Middle Level

2 Hours, 40 Minutes Testing + Two Breaks and Instructions
For students applying to Grades 7 - 8. Test sections are strictly timed but the time it takes to read instructions and complete breaks will vary. If you are approved for extended testing time due to a testing accommodation, you can find extended timing details here.

Upper Level

2 Hours, 40 Minutes Testing + Two Breaks and Instructions
For students applying to Grades 9 - 12. Test sections are strictly timed but the time it takes to read instructions and complete breaks will vary. If you are approved for extended testing time due to a testing accommodation, you can find extended timing details here.

Preparation from Test Innovators

Test Innovators provides engaging, interactive preparation tools to help every ISEE registrant fully demonstrate their academic abilities on the test. The program works by introducing students to the types of questions they'll encounter on the test, providing instantaneous feedback and time management insights as they answer practice questions, and helping them build confidence through skill-building videos and additional resources to help combat test anxiety.
Already purchased a Test Innovators preparation package? Log in here.

Rules and Regulations

To preserve the integrity of the test and to create a safe and productive testing environment, students who do not adhere to the rules and regulations may be excused from the test. Some personal items are permitted if the student is approved for testing accommodations that allow for the express use of those items.

Need additional support?

ISEE Operations

(800) 446-0320 or 1 (646) 503-2691
Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST

Prometric Candidate Care

North America (Domestic):
1 (800) 853-6769
8:00 am to 6:00 pm EST
International:
001-1-800-853-6769
12:00 am to 9:00 am EST

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