If you would like to have your student attend an Atlanta area private school, it may be beneficial to enroll them in an Atlanta ISEE class by contacting Varsity Tutors. The ISEE is a standardized test that many private schools use as a way to make admissions decisions. While it is not the only factor, performing well on the ISEE could improve your student's chances of getting into their dream private school.
The ISEE is divided into four different levels. The level your student will take is dependent upon which grade they are in. Students who are entering second through fourth grades take the Primary Level ISEE. Students who are entering fifth or sixth grades can take the Lower Level test. Students who are entering seventh or eighth grades can take the Middle Level test, and students who are entering ninth-grade and above can the Upper Level test.
The Lower, Middle, and Upper Levels all have the same amount of questions and students have the same amount of time to complete each section at all three levels. Additionally, all three levels have five sections, including Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, Math Achievement, Reading Comprehension, and an Essay.
The Primary Level test is different than the other three levels in the sense that students entering third and fourth grades take a test with three sections while students entering second grade take a test with four sections.
What can an Atlanta ISEE class help my student review?
An Atlanta ISEE class can assist your student in reviewing a variety of different topics across several different subject areas. As mentioned previously, the Lower, Middle, and Upper Levels of the ISEE all contain five sections. What follows is an overview of what each section covers across all three levels.
Quantitative Reasoning includes 37 questions and students will have a maximum of 35 minutes to complete this section. At the Lower Level, this section covers number logic, comparison, and estimation, among other topics. The Middle Level test is more concerned with using formulas to calculate measurements, using the distributive property, and operations involving variables. Finally, the Upper Level test has students make inferences about data sets, work with triangles and quadrilaterals, and find the mean, median, and mode.
The Verbal Reasoning section includes 40 questions and students will have a maximum of 20 minutes to finish it. At the Lower Level, students are expected to be familiar with elementary school-level vocabulary and be able to complete sentences based on context clues. The Middle Level test focuses on a mixture of middle and high school-level vocabulary. It also emphasizes the parts of speech and suffixes and prefixes. Finally, the Upper Level test emphasizes high school-level vocabulary and synonyms.
The Math Achievement section consists of 47 questions and students have a maximum of 40 minutes to finish it. The Lower Level test focuses on whole numbers, percentages, and fractions, among other topics. The Middle Level test emphasizes ratios and proportions, prime numbers, and measurement, to name a few concepts. Finally, the Upper Level test covers word problems, quadrilaterals, and exponents, among other topics.
The Reading Comprehension section contains 36 questions and students have a maximum of 35 minutes to finish it. Across all three levels, this section has students read through different passages and answer questions about them. At the Lower Level, this section has students focus on the main idea of the passage, vocabulary, and tone. The Middle Level test has students identify figurative and literal language use and using information from the passages to answer questions. Finally, the Upper Level test requires students to compare and contrast information and identify cause and effect.
The Essay section only contains one question and students have a maximum of 30 minutes to finish it. Across all three levels, the Essay section has students read through a prompt that covers a topic that may be interesting to students at their specific grade level. They are then asked to write an essay about it. This section is geared towards measuring students' skills when it comes to organization, punctuation, and grammar. It also has the benefit of providing students with a chance to let their prospective schools know a bit more about them.
The Primary Level has an Auditory Comprehension section for students entering the second grade. This section contains six questions and students have a maximum of seven minutes to finish it. Students are required to listen to a series of passages and answer questions about them.
For second through fourth graders, the Primary Level test contains a Writing, Math, and Reading section. The Writing section has students look over a picture and write a story about it. This section is designed to measure students' creativity and writing abilities. The Math section is multiple choice and requires students to answer questions about basic math concepts. The Reading section is also multiple choice and measures students' ability to answer questions about vocabulary words.
How can an Atlanta ISEE course help my student prepare?
Atlanta ISEE courses are designed to be as similar as possible to a traditional classroom experience. As such, your student can work with both an instructor and other students. The benefit of working with an instructor is that they can help your student go over material that might be on the exam. Whether this includes going over vocabulary words at any level or going through various math-related topics, their instructor can help them prepare for each section of the ISEE.
It can also be useful to work with other students because it allows your student to engage in group discussions and group activities. This can be valuable for students who have a difficult time staying focused when listening to an instructor because it provides an alternative for reviewing the material.
Enrolling your student in an Atlanta ISEE course can also be helpful because it takes place online. This makes it easy to find a course that fits into your student's schedule because they can simply take the course at your house.
How can I enroll my student in an Atlanta ISEE prep course?
Enrolling your student in an Atlanta ISEE prep course is as simple as contacting Varsity Tutors and signing them up for either a two-week or four-week session. This can be achieved by reaching out to our educational consultants either online or over the phone.
Lea: Atlanta ISEE course instructor
I am a writer and editor with a B.A. in English from Pomona College. I mostly enjoy tutoring English, but math and science come easily to me as well. I love helping students get the most from their education. That moment when the material finally connects is everything. Outside of academia, I enjoy making music, reading, and working on my novel.
Education & Certification
- Pomona College - Bachelor in Arts, English
- Social Sciences
- AP Chemistry
- High School Geography
- +124 subjects
Jessica: Atlanta ISEE course instructor
...has been most profoundly influenced by the notion of multiple intelligences, which helps me to approach each student as unique, with existing talents and abilities that can be used to support deeper learning in almost any academic area. While standardized learning programs are often necessary and beneficial (particularly for entrance exams), it is always my goal to teach holistically, addressing the needs and assets of each student as an individual. As an undergraduate at Swarthmore...
Chelsea: Atlanta ISEE course instructor
I am an experienced tutor, specializing in early childhood and Elementary education and subjects. I have patience and passions for students of all levels and the problem solving skills to work with different abilities. I am also familiar with Common Core Standards. I have worked with kids as young as preschool and I have also worked with elementary students through an after school program who were below grade level.
Education & Certification
- New College of Florida - Bachelors, Cultural Anthropology
- High School English
- SSAT- Elementary Level
- ISEE- Lower Level
- +25 subjects
Traci: Atlanta ISEE course instructor
...struggled to read finally breaking the code. Working with older children for whom reading has been a major roadblock breaking through to find fluency. Seeing students understand the writing process for what it truly is - being able to get your unique and meaningful thoughts and feelings on a piece of paper - and doing it in a way that empowers them to be successful. Spending time with any student working through executive functioning challenges...
Michael: Atlanta ISEE course instructor
I have been a private tutor for the last 10 years. Before that, I taught high school for 25 years. I have a great deal of experience with communicating complicated concepts in a clear and concise manner. I am experienced in a wide variety of subjects and look forward to the opportunity to help you.
Tracy-Ann: Atlanta ISEE course instructor
...via differentiation of instruction. Learning will take place in an environment where the affective filter is low that is where students are not stressed and their anxiety level kept at a minimum, where they are comfortable and at peace especially when humor is incorporated on a daily basis. Learning a language provide students with new opportunities for communication and becoming global citizens in a competitive market and it equips students with the necessary skills to...
Education & Certification
- University of theWest Indies - Bachelor in Arts, Spanish Teacher Education
- University of North Georgia - Masters in Education, Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL)
- AP Spanish Literature and Culture
- Conversational Spanish
- Elementary School Writing
- +48 subjects
Amy: Atlanta ISEE course instructor
...about helping students realize their full potential. I believe that obstacles are opportunities that help us grow and become better versions of who we are meant to be. One of my favorite quotes is, "Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm" (Winston Churchill). I love thinking of new ways to make learning dynamic and fun, and I am committed to listening and working with students to achieve their goals. Outside of...
Jessica: Atlanta ISEE course instructor
...years. I have experience tutoring students from the ages 4-15, specifically in Reading Comprehension, Math, and other elementary subject areas. My academic background includes a Bachelor's Degree in Educational Studies from Emory University, a Master's Degree in Educational Technology from American Intercontinental University, as well as a Specialist Degree in Curriculum Instruction. Through earning each of these degrees I have validated my personal belief that all children can learn, although not always at the same...
Madeleine: Atlanta ISEE course instructor
Hi! My name is Madeleine Wagner and I am a graduate student studying Applied Statistics at the Kennesaw State University. While studying for my Bachelor's in Math at the University of North Georgia, I tutored math for the University System of Georgia and at Rainbow Children's Home in Dahlonega, GA. I have experience in tutoring elementary school, middle school, high school, and university students. ... I strive to teach students so they can comfortably assess and answer the question. Once the student is familiar with the concept, I have him or her 'teach' it to me. This method helps the students gain confidence in their work and reinforces the previously learned concepts.
Education & Certification
- North Georgia College & State University - Current Undergrad Student, Mathematics
- GED Math
- CLEP Precalculus
- +42 subjects
Walter: Atlanta ISEE course instructor
I believe that the student comes first and that I want to instill in them the fact that they can do anything if they set their mind to it.... My teaching philosophy is always putting the student first, and to instill into them the power to succeed, and to tackle anything that they put their mind to!