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How is the ISEE Test Scored?

Individual Student Report (ISR)

The ISEE ISR provides information on an applicant’s reasoning and achievement skills.

The Test Profile provides information about the student’s overall performance on each section of the ISEE, except the essay which is unscored and shared with the schools to which the student is applying.

The ISEE scores are reported in four ways in the Test Profile: scaled score, percentile rank, stanine, and stanine analysis.

  • Scale Score – ISEE scaled scores for each section range from 760 – 940. A scaled score is derived from the raw score but allows ERB to report a score on a common scale that has the same meaning for all students regardless of which form of the test they took.
  • Percentile Rank – The percentile rank shows the student’s standing compared to other students in the same norm group. This score shows the percentage that your student scored above all other students in the same norm group.
  • Stanine – A stanine score is from 1 to 9, with 5 as the midpoint. This score is derived by dividing the entire range of students’ scores into 9 segments.
  • Stanine Analysis – The stanine analysis gives a comparison between a student’s performance on both the ability tests and the related achievement tests. The comparisons are made between Verbal Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Reasoning, and Mathematics Achievement.

The Test Profile reports percentile ranks with a reference to ISEE norms. These norms are based on independent school applicants in the same grade who have taken the test during the past three years.

In the Analysis portion, 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. For each section, the score is broken down by type of question, providing more specific information about a student’s relative strengths and weaknesses.

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