We understand the value and desire for parents and students to “preview” the types of questions presented on each level of the ISEE. We also want to make it as fair as possible for all families to gain access to the same information. Therefore, ERB offers preparation books for each ISEE level free of charge when downloaded from this website. 


What to Expect on the ISEE

Testing at Prometric

ISEE Preparation

While other companies claim to have ISEE preparation books, know that the What to Expect on the ISEE books are the only books authorized and approved by ERB.

Be prepared. Make sure you know what to do on test day.


What to Expect on the ISEE

Regardless of how or where your student takes the ISEE, the best way to prepare is by reading the What to Expect on the ISEE guide for the appropriate testing level. Please note that these guides are not training books for exam strategies, and they are not a shortcut to higher scores. The goal of these guides is to help families understand the general format of the test, the test directions, the types of test items, and the answer sheet.



PDF Guides

You may view and download PDF versions of What to Expect on the ISEE free of charge or you can purchase hard copies of the guide here. The Primary Level has no PDF guide—only a web version is available.


Lower Level (entering Grades 5-6)
Middle Level (entering Grades 7-8)
Upper Level (enter Grades 9-12)


Web Guides

What to Expect on the ISEE is available as an interactive website for all levels. 




Testing At Prometric

In addition to the What to Expect on the ISEE guides, Prometric testers will find it helpful to review this video about procedures at Prometric testing centers.