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When it comes to ISEE prep, Varsity Tutors can help students enroll in a Cincinnati ISEE course where they can get a thorough review for the test. The ISEE, or Independent School Entrance Examination, is a key reference for private schools when making admissions decisions. If a student wants to have more options for schools, it's important to perform well on this test and get as high of a score as possible.

The ISEE is made up of different levels based on where the student is in with his or her education. No matter what level, though, the test will have the same sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, and Mathematics Achievement. The sections will have some differences depending on the level.

For those looking for assistance in their ISEE prep, a Cincinnati ISEE class provided Varsity Tutors is a good start. In a class, students who are planning to take the test can work with their academic instructors on the contents and format of the test. This will help them gain insights on what areas they need to improve on to reach for their target score. Plus, participating in the class can also help students learn test-taking strategies that can make them less nervous during exam day.

What could a Cincinnati ISEE course help me review?

There are four different levels in the ISEE. In a test prep class, lessons will focus on helping students build a better understanding of subjects under each level.

Here are the four levels of ISEE:

1. Primary Level (3 versions: Primary 2, 3, and 4)

There are three versions for this level. Primary 2 is the exam given to students applying for the second grade and take 53 minutes long. Primary 3 is for those who are planning to enter third grade and it takes 54 minutes in total. Finally, Primary 4 is for students who plan to start the fourth grade and is 60 minutes long. All the versions have unscored writing or essay sections, which are given to the schools the student is applying for.

The different test sections in the Primary level include the Auditory Comprehension (for Primary 2 only), Reading, Math, and Writing. For the Auditory Comprehension section, students need to listen to different passages and answer six questions about those passages in seven minutes. The passages can cover both fiction and non-fiction topics.

2. Lower Level

This level is given to students who want to enter the fifth or sixth grade. Test-takers for this level have 2 hours and 20 minutes to finish the exam. The sections are the same as the Primary level, but differences are found on the specific topics covered. The sections are Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Mathematics, and an Essay section.

In the Verbal Reasoning section, students need to use context clues to complete a sentence and elementary and middle school vocabulary. In the Quantitative Reasoning section, they need to face topics such as estimation, comparison, and number logic.

For the Reading Comprehension section, students need to find the main and supporting ideas in a text and demonstrate their skills in organization, tone, style, and language. In the Math section, they need to use their skills in simple operations, algebraic concepts, fractions, geometry, and working with decimals.

The Essay section will ask students about a topic of interest at the elementary school level and they should write according to what the prompt instructs. This section is also meant to let the schools know more about the student.

3. Middle Level

The Middle level is given to students who want to apply for the seventh and eighth grades. Students have 2 hours and 40 minutes to finish this exam. The sections are the same as the two previous levels with differences in the specific topics covered in the test.

Here are more details per section:

Verbal Reasoning - Concepts to know include middle and high school-level vocabulary, parts of speech, using word clues, suffixes, prefixes.

Quantitative Reasoning - Students need to know how to work with integers, fractions, decimals, and percents. They should also know operations involving variables, finding the length of a line, calculating the area of quadrilaterals, using the distributive property, square roots, and using formulas to calculate measurements.

Reading Comprehension - Concepts to know include comparing and contrasting information, inferring information not explicitly stated, and figurative and literal language use.

Mathematics - some of the concepts students need to know include ratios and proportions, working with quadrilaterals and triangles to find the area/perimeter, how to use a Venn Diagram.

4. Upper Level

This level is given to students who want to apply for the ninth, tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grade. The exam also takes 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Here are more details per section:

Verbal Reasoning - concepts to know are high school-level vocabulary, context clues, parts of speech, synonyms; roots, prefixes, and suffixes from Greek and Latin.

Quantitative Reasoning - Students need to have skills in solving equations, working with variables and exponents; finding mean, median, mode, range, sets; finding the area and perimeter of geometric shapes, working with quadrilaterals and triangles, measuring objects; analyzing, interpreting, and making inferences about a data set.

Reading Comprehension - Students need to have skills in finding and using information from passages to answer questions; comparing and contrasting information; finding cause and effect; inferring information not explicitly stated, and; identifying relationships between and features of different literary genres.

Mathematics - Concepts to know include solving equations, solving word problems, working with variables and exponents; finding mean, median, mode, range, sets; finding the area and perimeter of geometric shapes, working with quadrilaterals and triangles, and the use of coordinate grids.

How does a Cincinnati ISEE class help me prepare?

Highly qualified instructors handle all ISEE class preparation, so students are in good hands throughout their studies. The class is delivered in virtual classrooms together with other students, but each participant can request a 1-on-1 lesson with the teacher to address core difficulties faster.

An ISEE class is also a good way for students to increase their self-confidence as it is done in a supportive and collaborative online space. Participants can improve their time management and organizational skills and learn smarter ways to study.

How can I find a Cincinnati ISEE prep course?

Varsity Tutors has an ISEE prep course that fits the hectic schedules of students and their parents. Courses are offered in 2-week or 4-week courses, and there are different sections that start every week. Contact Varsity Tutors to find out more about our Cincinnati ISEE course schedules.

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