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An Overview of ISEE

Posted by : Mradula S on Feb 26,2016 09:55 AM

 ISEE – An Overview

Every year thousands of students’ compete to take admission in independent schools or private schools or what are also called non-state schools. Private schools are perceived by many to be just a little more advanced than others, and private schools themselves connote an image of excellence thus taking the admission in these schools is more arduous.  ISEE is taken as a component of the admissions process for most private schools.

The Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) is administered by Educational Records Bureau (ERB).  The ISEE scores are used by schools as a part to assess a candidates analytical skills and efficiency skills. ISEE is used by premier schools in America for admission to grade 5 to 12. The result obtained is used by more than 1500 independent member schools of ERB for admission into different grades. The entrance exam is divided in to three parts:

Lower Level: For students of grade 4 and 5 students and are prospective candidates for admission into grade 5 and 6 respectively.

Middle Level: For students in grades 6 and seven and are prospective candidates for admission into grade 7 and 8 respectively?

Upper Level: For students in grade 8 to 11 and are prospective candidates for admission into grade 9 to 12.

Frequency: Students can write ISEE test only once in 6 months period.


Registration for ISEE

There are several ways to register for ISEE. But one should register by the method which suits them the best.

  1. Online registration
  2. Registration through mail
  3. Registration by phone

Online Registration: Online registration is the best way to register yourself for the examination. Apart from the various advantages of ISEE online registration, it is the quickest and safest method for the registration.-

  • Choose the seat at the registration location by yourself
  • Editing the student information
  • Receiving the admission ticket.
  • Changing the score card recipient school.
  • Changing the location where you wish to take the test.
  • Receiving ISEE scores online
  • Registering late up to 2 weeks before the test date.

Registration through mail: Registration is only available at center available in the printed ISEE Student Guide only. You can request for the student guide by sending your name and mailing address to achaber@erblearn.org

The fee for a mail-in registration is $98.

Register by phone: By calling (800) 446-0320 or (919) 956-8524.

There is a $20 additional charge for a telephone registration. The total phone registration fee is $118. The fee is payable by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or electronic check only.


ISEE - Fees

Last updated on January 15, 2014

Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) Test Fees and other related services are given in the table below:



 Mail Registration: Testing at a school


 Online Registration


 Phone Registration


 Late Registration   


 Walk-in Registration  


 Change of Registration   


 Refund Service Fee 


 Telephone Reporting of Scores

 $30 per recipient

 Online Reporting of Scores

 $30 (Online registration only.)

 Extra Score Reports  

$25 per request (Up-to six schools.)

 Hand scoring     


 Re-scoring, Different Grad



Fee Waiver

 In 1985, the Ben D. Wood Grant Program was established in honor of his lifetime commitment to the organization. Students in financial need may apply for a Ben D. Wood ISEE fee waiver for large group testing.