The ERB vs the ISEE: What is the Difference?

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WHAT IS THE ISEE

The ISEE is the most popular Independent School entrance exam in Los Angeles, California.  It’s offered three times per year: Fall, Winter and Spring.  Students are permitted to take the test three times but only once per season.  Many private schools require their applications be completed by the Winter which means that Spring/Summer is often late for the application.  Be careful to check when your private school application is due.    

WHY TAKE THE ISEE 

If you are thinking about applying to private school, it is the most heavily used entrance exam.  It is important to contact the list of private schools you are thinking about applying to in order to determine which tests they accept.  If you need assistance contacting private schools, or want more information about which private schools accept this exam, contact us directly at 310.684.2543.    

WHAT IS ON THE ISEE

There are five sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Math Achievement and the Essay.  Although the essay is not graded, it is seen by the private schools you apply to and it used by those schools to gauge your student’s writing abilities.   

Verbal Reasoning: This section focuses on knowledge of vocab, synonyms and sentence completion.  

Quantitative Reasoning: Math; numbers, algebra, geometry, statistics and measurement.  This section asks students to compare and equate two different math equations to find an answer.  

Reading comprehension: This section tests your child’s ability to read effectively. 

Math Achievement: Math; numbers, algebra, geometry, statistics and measurement. 

The Essay: a personal statement that asks students to comment on an area of their life. 

WHEN CAN YOU TAKE THE ISEE

It is offered 3 different seasons per year: Fall, Winter, Spring/Summer.  

RESTRICTIONS

Students can only take it once per season.  Use the chart below to make sure you don’t sign up twice in one season.  We recommend taking it once in the Fall and once in the Winter.  We often suggest to our families to take their first exam in November after the student has had enough tutoring in the Fall after summer break to be refreshed on all the material.  

WHEN SHOULD I START STUDYING FOR THE ISEE

We recommend starting as soon as possible as the ISEE often tests math that is just above your student’s grade level.  

WHAT IS THE ERB

The ERB is a standardized test administered by a private school to measure the skills learned by their students in that grade level.  Many private schools are using these tests as a secondary gauge of a student’s aptitude.  

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENT BETWEEN THE ISEE AND ERB

These two tests are similar but serve different purposes.  The ERB is testing performance by the school and the other is assessing your ability to gain entrance to the school.   

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