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Preparing for the ISEE in Just One Week

Taking the ISEE in one week and wondering how to best prepare? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered.

If you only have one week to prepare for the ISEE, you want to keep your prep plan simple. You won’t be able to learn every concept that shows up on the test or study hundreds of vocabulary words in one week. Instead, you want to focus on getting used to the structure and timing of the test and learning test taking strategies for each section.

With only one week left, focus on these three things:

Learn test taking strategies.

One week is enough time to learn key test taking strategies that can help boost your scores. Be sure to start by learning general test taking strategies, such as managing your time, making educated guesses, and using process of elimination. You’ll also want to learn specific strategies for each section of the test. We offer a free strategy course for the ISEE Upper Level that teaches you proven strategies for every section of the test and provides you with over 50 practice problems so you can master each strategy. While this course is specifically designed for the ISEE Upper Level, the strategies we teach are useful for students taking the middle level test as well.

Take full-length practice tests.

It’s important to take at least one full-length practice test before taking your official ISEE. We suggest that you take two if you have time. Taking full-length practice tests will get you familiar with the structure of the test, the question types that show up, and it will give you an opportunity to practice the test taking strategies that you’ve learned. If you haven’t already done so, we suggest taking an official practice test provided by the ERB; the ERB offers one official practice test for each level of the ISEE, and these tests are the most accurate versions of the tests available.

Study a little bit each day.

Don’t cram for hours each day: this will burn you out before your official test. Instead, study for about one hour each day. Focus on reviewing strategies, taking practice tests, and mastering concepts that you’ve already learned. Since you don’t have a lot of time, don’t focus on learning completely new concepts: you won’t have enough time to fully retain and master new material.

And remember: your test scores are only one part of your application, so don’t stress too much!


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