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ISEE Verbal Reasoning

The Verbal Reasoning (VR) section of the ISEE test is intended to assess a student’s vocabulary, ability to identify synonyms, and ability to solve the verbal puzzles known as sentence completions. The questions in VR are all multiple-choice. The first half consists of synonyms, and the second half consists of sentence completions, which are each a sentence with one or two blanks followed by four answer choices.

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ISEE Mathematics Achievement

The Mathematics Achievement (MA) section of the ISEE Test is intended to reflect curriculum related questions, in contrast to the Quantitative Reasoning section which is intended to measure students’ reasoning abilities. While many students struggle more with the Quantitative Reasoning math section, some students find the Mathematics Achievement section to be very difficult, especially because it is the sections with the most questions per allotted time.

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Doodle while we work #4

ISEE test questions

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ISEE Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative Reasoning (QR) section of the ISEE Test is intended to test the mathematical reasoning abilities of students. However, there is still a fair amount of grade level knowledge that students must master to excel on the Quantitative Reasoning section and many students find this section very difficult.

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Arthur Benjamin and the Magic of Numbers

Students are required to learn mathematics, starting in first grade and continuing through most of high school. While we may not all enjoy math, there is no denying the beauty present in it. The Fibonacci sequence embodies this beauty.

Here is a short video by Arthur Benjamin called “The Magic of Fibonacci numbers.” He explains how the Fibonacci sequence works, and all the different ways it is present in math and nature. We hope this makes you excited to study math and discover just how present it is all around us!

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SSAT or ISEE?

We are often asked about the differences between the ISEE and SSAT. We’ve put together a definitive guide to help families decide which test to take if they are given the option.

1. The most important question is whether the school(s) to which you are applying accept either or both of the tests. If you aren’t certain, call each school’s admissions office. Don’t study for the wrong test!

2. If you can take either, is the ISEE or SSAT best for you?

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Go for it!

ISEE prep inspiration

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Doodle while we work #3

ISEE test questions

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