Worried parents anxiously await the results to see if they can gain entry to an independent school.
So what can be done to help your child prepare and do well in this exam? The ISEE is made up of 5 different sections: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, reading comprehension, mathematics achievement and an essay.
It also comes in 3 different levels - upper, middle and lower.
The level your child takes will depend on what grade they are at in school.
I highly recommend that you buy some practice questions either via a study book or from online courses/programs.
These practice questions will show your child what they can expect in the exam and they can judge for themselves the difficulty of the questions.
Since they will know what to expect it will not be a shock to them on the day.
For example in the essay section some children are slow writers and will struggle for time since only 30 minutes is allocated.
Some parents choose to hire private tutors costing $50 to $100 per hour! They will probably be effective in tutoring your child since they should be experienced teaching children and be very familiar with the common parts of the exam children find difficult.
However it is a lot of money and there are alternatives such as online courses and programs that contain video lessons.
It is a good idea to allocate a time limit when your child is answering the practice questions and to do them under exam conditions (in total silence and without a calculator).
Your child will then become at ease with doing the exam in the conditions the actual exam are in.