### ISEE Lower Level

The ISEE Lower Level is a multiple-choice test for students applying to Grades 5 and 6. It is 2 hours and 20 minutes long and is split into five timed sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Mathematics Achievement, and an Essay.

#### 1. ISEE Lower Level - Verbal Reasoning Section

The Verbal section of the Lower Level ISEE lasts 20 minutes and contains 34 multiple-choice questions. The test’s verbal section has two parts: Synonyms and Sentence Completions.

Synonyms are words with the same or similar meanings. For example, large and big are synonyms, as are beautiful and pretty. These questions test understanding of language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings by relating them to words with similar but not identical meanings.

Sentence Completions require students to fill in the blank of a given sentence with the answer choice that best completes the sentence. Upper-Level students will see questions with two blanks, and Lower Level students will see questions where a phrase is needed to complete the sentence rather than just one word.

#### 2. ISEE Lower Level - Quantitative Reasoning Section

There are two ISEE math sections: Quantitative Reasoning and Mathematics Achievement . The **Quantitative Reasoning **section of the Lower Level ISEE last 35 minutes and consists of 38 questions. This section evaluates the development of your child’s reasoning skills and assesses how well your child thinks mathematically, as opposed to how much math she has learned. Hence, very few calculations are required in the ISEE Quantitative Reasoning section.

All the questions in this section are grade specific at each level and are associated with the standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), which tests the following NCTM branches: Numbers and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, Data Analysis & Probability, and Problem-Solving.

#### 3. ISEE Lower Level - Reading Comprehension Section

The Reading Comprehension section of the Lower Level ISEE measures your ability to understand what you read and lasts 25 minutes, and contains 25 questions. In this section, students will be asked to read passages dealing with a variety of subjects, including Science, History, Arts, and Contemporary Life.

After you read each passage, you’ll be asked questions about its content or the author’s style, intent, or point of view. The Lower Level Reading Comprehension section has five passages with five questions each.

#### 4. ISEE Lower Level - Mathematics Achievement

The Mathematics Achievement section is the second of the two math sections on the ISEE Lower Level and last 30 minutes and consists of 30 questions. While the Quantitative Reasoning section focuses on problem-solving and mathematical reasoning, the Mathematics Achievement section focuses on speciﬁc math content and skills taught in school.

, Unlike the Quantitative Reasoning section, the Mathematics Achievement section requires students to know mathematical terminology and to do more signiﬁcant calculations. The general subjects covered in the Mathematics Achievement and Quantitative Reasoning sections, however, are the same and include: Numbers and Operations Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, Data Analysis, and Probability Problem Solving.

#### 5. ISEE Lower Level - Essay Section

The Essay section of the ISEE Lower Level lasts 30 minutes. Students are asked to write a short essay responding to an assigned writing prompt. A writing prompt is randomly selected for use on each test date. The writing prompts include topics of interest to students at the appropriate grade level and are created to allow them to tell more about themselves. This part of the test also allows students to show the schools to which they have applied how well they organize and express their thoughts in a written format. It's not scored, but a copy is sent to the schools you apply to.