ISEE Upper Level Mathematics Review Course


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The mathematics achievement section of the upper level Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) will assess a candidate’s command of the mathematic concepts they will encounter during their studies in the upper levels (ninth through twelfth grade). Your student’s performance on this section will only be compared to other students applying for the same grade level so they are only expected to know what a student entering that grade level should have learned.

When Should Students Take the ISEE Test?

The ISEE is offered on multiple dates throughout the year so you can choose an appointment that is most convenient for your student. However, it’s important to schedule it at least two weeks before the application deadline to make sure the score report arrives on time.

How Much Time Will Students Have for the Mathematics Achievement Section?

The mathematic achievement section will include 47 multiple choice questions and students will have 40 minutes to get through all of them. The best way to deal with this limited time is to first answer all of the questions that come easily. If there’s a question that seems tricky or confusing, skip it and come back to it later. Then, once all the easy ones are done, use the remaining time to work on the tough ones.

What Kind of Math Do Students Need to Know for the Mathematic Achievement Section?

The questions on the mathematics achievement section will all be based on the standards outlined by the NCTM for the following categories:

  • Numbers and operations
  • Measurement
  • Geometry
  • Probability
  • Algebra
  • Data Analysis
  • Problem Solving

All of the questions will present concrete math problems that require calculations but, unlike the quantitative reasoning section, there will be less emphasis on interpreting information and reasoning through solutions. Instead, students will simply need to recognize what kind of math problem they are dealing with and then choose the correct formula or process for solving it.

Students are not allowed to use calculators for any of the questions in this test so it’s important that they develop their ability to solve problems by hand (or in their head) quickly enough to get through the section within the time limit. It’s also important that they double check their work and practice clear handwriting so that they don’t make avoidable mistakes like misreading the number or plugging numbers into the wrong parts of the formula.

How Is the Mathematic Achievement Section Scored?

This section will be given a score ranging from 760 to 940. The score report will provide a very detailed breakdown of how well the student performed on each of the four sections of the ISEE. Not only will you know the score received for each section, you will also be able to see how well they did on each category of questions within each section. The mathematics achievement section breaks the questions down into the following categories:

  • Number sense
  • Data Analysis
  • Measurement
  • Probability
  • Geometry
  • Algebraic Concepts

With detailed information like this, your student will be able to see exactly where their strengths and weaknesses lie. This is especially useful if the student was not admitted to the school and hopes to reapply next year. However, even if they are admitted, this information will also be extremely useful in helping them prepare for the SAT or ACT later on down the road as they will know exactly which skills need the most work.

What’s the Best Way to Study for the ISEE Upper Level Mathematics Achievement Section?

Your student will need a strong command of formulas and mathematic rules in order to get through the mathematics achievement section of the ISEE within the time limit while still performing their best. So their study plan should include plenty of time learning and reviewing the math that will be included.

To do that, use the Mometrix Study Guide. This guide has been designed by experts with the ISEE Upper Level test in mind so it includes clear, easy-to-follow explanations of the mathematical concepts your student will definitely need to know on test day. On top of that, it provides problem solving tips and test taking strategies to help your student approach questions even if they aren’t sure what they need to do.

Since a big part of success on this section involves remembering a lot of formulas and rules, a set of Mometrix Flashcards will definitely be essential. Studying with flashcards is one of the best ways to improve memory, recall, and speed. So your student will remember everything they need to know and be able to recall it fast enough to get through the test within the time limit without feeling rushed and sacrificing the quality of their work.

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by Mometrix Test Preparation | Last Updated: January 14, 2021