August is approaching (where has summer gone?), which means it’s almost time to register for the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam). ISEE test sites fill up quickly, so read our tips on how to plan accordingly. It’s important to note that this is not a one-size-fits-all process and that the suggestions below are general guidelines. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
- Set a reminder on your calendar to log on to the registration website the morning of July 31.
- Consider the test format that is best for your student. Students can test in-person on paper at a school site or in-person online at a Prometric testing center. It is possible that Prometric testing centers will be more likely to be open with social distancing than schools in some areas.
- The ISEE is planning for an at-home remote proctored online test. As of early July, the program was suspended until further notice due to long wait times. Check back to see whether this is an available option for your student.
- Before registering, make sure you’ve taken note of the application deadlines for any of the schools you’re considering.
- We suggest you register for two tests on July 31—one in November and one in December*. Keep in mind that students are permitted to take the ISEE once per “testing season.” The current seasons applicable to 2020 applicants are Fall (August–November) and Winter (December–March).
- *Some private and independent schools host the ISEE as a “closed test site” for only their students in the Fall testing season (August–November). Check with your child’s school to see if this is the case. If so, the school will provide a code that you’ll use to register for that test.
- We recommend students take their winter test before winter break (in December), as it meets cut-off dates and concludes prep and testing. If an early January test date is better for you and will allow you to meet all application cut-off dates, then go for it.
- Do not list any of the schools you’re considering when you register or else the scores will be directly sent. You can send the scores individually later on.
- During registration, remember to select the “Expedited Test Results” option if you would like to receive scores more quickly.
If your child has a special accommodations request, it must be approved prior to registration.
HOW TO REGISTER
Step 1 – Create a Parent Account before you register
Step 2 – Request special accommodations if your child needs them.
Step 3 – Register for the ISEE on July 31st.
For more information on the ISEE check out their ISEE FAQs. If you cannot find the answer to your question here, you can try them by phone or email at (800) 446-0320 or email@example.com. We’re also always available for questions or consultations. Don’t hesitate to contact us or reach out to your director.
To learn more about how the testing landscape has changed and what might be in store of the ISEE, check out our most recent blog here.