If you're the parent of a student who is in need of academic assistance prior to the ISEE, Varsity Tutors can enroll them in a Portland ISEE class dedicated to giving students a better opportunity to succeed on the exam. The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) is one of the entrance exams accepted with applications to most independent and private schools. There are several versions of the test for different grade levels. A Portland ISEE class can give students entering anywhere from 2nd to 12th grade much-needed preparation for the test.
A Portland ISEE prep course offers many advantages that can't be gained from studying alone. Students will be taught in a collaborative, online format by an instructor who knows the ins and outs of the ISEE. Students in elementary school, middle school, and high school can all benefit from being enrolled in a Portland ISEE course.
A Portland ISEE course could help your student perform their best on exam day and hopefully earn their goal score. There are six versions of the ISEE, and the one your student takes will be dependent on the grade level they are entering. The ISEE versions include three types of Primary Level as well as Lower Level, Middle Level, and Upper Level. Whichever version your student will be taking, there's a Portland ISEE course ready to guide them through the study process.
What will be covered during the Portland ISEE course?
The ISEE is used as a tool to assess aptitude in math, reading, vocabulary, and writing. A Portland ISEE course will cover the basics in these areas, as well as go in-depth to study the specific concepts that are likely to appear on the exam. We'll now delve into the different versions of the ISEE to gain some insight into the layout of the exam and the types of questions your student will be asked.
The Upper Level ISEE will be administered to students applying to independent high schools (those entering 9th grade and above). The Verbal Reasoning section includes 40 questions with a time limit of 20 minutes. During this time, their English skills will be assessed through the use of questions that are designed to test their understanding of synonyms and sentence correction. The Quantitative Reasoning section consists of 37 questions with an allotted time period of 35 minutes. This section will ask questions about topics such as exponents and data analysis. The Reading Comprehension segment is made up of 36 questions to complete within 35 minutes. After reading written passages, students will answer questions that will test their vocabulary and interpretation of the author's techniques. The Math Achievement section has 47 questions to be finished in 40 minutes. Algebra and geometry will be two of the subjects presented during this portion of the exam. The Writing section gives the student a writing prompt and 30 minutes to complete an essay. The essay will not be scored but will be sent to schools along with their exam score to showcase their personality and creativity.
The Middle Level ISEE is for students entering 7th or 8th grade. The entire layout of this version is the same as the Upper Level ISEE, but the concepts explored in the questions are grade-appropriate. The Verbal Reasoning has middle-school level vocabulary as well as high school level vocabulary. Having a solid understanding of Greek and Latin roots will be extremely beneficial to students when it comes to answering the questions correctly. The Quantitative Reasoning questions will challenge students in topics including fractions and decimals. Understanding of concepts such as square roots and the area of quadrilaterals will help them achieve a better score in this section. Reading Comprehension will include passages that are appropriate for 7th and 8th grade students. Students should know the difference between literal and figurative language if they wish to do well in this section. The Math Achievement section will test students on concepts such as prime factorization and integer comparison. The Writing prompt gives students the chance to demonstrate their critical thinking ability and impress admissions with their writing skills, as well as help schools know more about their personality. The Lower Level ISEE is designed to evaluate students entering 5th or 6th grade and is broken down into the same sections and time limits as the previously mentioned versions.
There are three levels of the Primary Level ISEE: Primary 2, Primary 3, and Primary 4. A Reading section, Math section, and Writing Sample section are present in all three versions. The Reading section will evaluate the student's reading comprehension and vocabulary by posing questions based on written passages. For the Writing samples, a picture will prompt the students to write a story with a beginning, middle, and end.
How can a Portland ISEE course help with exam preparation?
The ISEE study sessions will be conducted online in a virtual classroom. Varsity Tutors will help you find the time in your schedule to get your student much needed academic assistance. A Portland ISEE course starts weekly with the convenient option of two or four-week sessions. Since the course is online, your student has the opportunity to learn from home or anywhere that's best for them.
The Portland ISEE class will be taught by an instructor who specializes in mentoring students for the ISEE. If your student is struggling with a specific topic, such as essay writing or calculating square roots, the instructor might work with them privately to enhance their understanding of that subject prior to the exam.
How can I find a Portland ISEE prep course?
Varsity Tutors can enroll your student in a Portland ISEE course that is devoted to helping them better understand the topics they will encounter on the day of the test. Varsity Tutors has a flexible schedule that allows you to choose both weekday and weekend courses. If you'd like to learn more about how we can be of assistance, contact us today. Our educational consultants can answer any questions you might have and enroll your student in a Portland ISEE course.
Max: Portland ISEE course instructor
...middle school (my team of 7th graders just won the 2016 New Haven regional championship!), and I've been tutoring middle and high school students for over 7 years. On top of all of that, I'm an aspiring professional in the business world - this past summer I worked at an internship in financial consulting (banking advisory & analytics), and have previously held internship positions in human capital consulting & private equity, as well as in...
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- Yale University - Current Undergrad, Economics
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Marty: Portland ISEE course instructor
...to walk whenever I can. Fortunately school is a mere 15 minutes away by foot so I walk to and from work every day. I do a bit of volunteer work as well with the Wilson Wish Foundation, an organization based at my school which provides assistance to our neediest students in whatever way is necessary... food, clothing, eyeglasses, school supplies, and referrals to appropriate agencies that can help where WWF cannot.... The things you resist doing are the very things you should do more frequently. Nobody gets better at what they don't do.
Jessica: Portland ISEE course instructor
...During my time at Tufts, I also taught in Boston-area preschools, supporting early literacy, numeracy, and social skill development through the Jumpstart program. After graduating, I stayed in Boston and tutored 9th-12th graders in a wide range of subjects while earning my teaching license. After that, I taught 3rd and 4th grade where my students earned best in state scores on their end of year state test. In fact, my students in my final year...
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- Tufts University - Bachelor in Arts, Child Development, French
- Simmons School of Library and Information Science - Masters, Children's Literature, Library and Information Science
- 4th Grade Writing
- 2nd Grade Reading
- +74 subjects
Ellis: Portland ISEE course instructor
...tutoring ESL which I have done for several years as a volunteer for several CT libraries. And, finally, I am the author of several books published by prestigious companies, including Commerce Clearing House and Simon & Schuster. This experience, including working with professional editors, has informed my tutoring in all aspects of SAT Reading Comprehension, Writing and Grammar, and essay and term paper writing. I pride myself in bringing out the best in my tutees,...
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- Trinity College Hartford CT - Bachelors, Modern Languages
- University of Pennsylvania School of Law - PHD, Law
- Intellectual Property Law
- 6th Grade Reading
- ASPIRE Reading
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David: Portland ISEE course instructor
...I've been working in education for nearly 10 years, as a tutor, classroom teacher (I am certified in Math 7-12 in Connecticut), and developer of teaching materials. My most recent gigs have been hourly / independent contractor / free-lance, which I haven't put on my resume. I've been tutoring, mostly for the Hamden (CT) school district as a three-quarters-time job but also occasionally for some local agencies. And I've been developing materials for several publishers...
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- Union College - Bachelors, Computer Science
- Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion-New York - Masters, Computer Science
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Sekou: Portland ISEE course instructor
Sekou Subjects: Math, Chemistry, Physics Loves tutoring because: Education is the most precious gift you can give to anyone. Helping someone who is desperately in need makes me feel valuable. Background: Graduated from UNH with a BA in Mathematics. For fun: Running and playing soccer are my favorites, I like going to the gym 2 to 3 times a week to do push-ups and pull-ups. I like going out with friends.
Education & Certification
- University of New Haven - Bachelor in Arts, Mathematics
- SAT Subject Test in Physics
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Kayla: Portland ISEE course instructor
...a Bachelors in Science in Elementary Education. I am certified to teach kindergarten through sixth grade. I have my Masters in Teaching and Learning in Technology. I believe all students can learn. A tutor’s job is to use the student’s strengths as a leaner, and their learning style to teach them successful strategies to master skills and concepts. Outside from my career, I love to listen to music, run, and most importantly spend time with...
Nancy: Portland ISEE course instructor
...kindergarten through 8th grade in math, reading, writing, and language arts. I strive to make my sessions interesting and fun. It is important to make real world connections, so students understand why learning a particular skill is important. I create an atmosphere where a student will feel safe and comfortable. I have tutored online students from all over the United States and Canada, and even China and South Korea! My hobbies are reading, making jewelry,...
Keisha: Portland ISEE course instructor
...tutored and mentored. After her undergrad, she spent three years working as Preschool teacher at a federally funded Head Start program serving low-income families. In 2012, she moved on to working as a para-professional at a local charter school in Bridgeport CT. In August 2014, Keisha earned a Masters in Early Childhood Education and then moved to Newark, NJ where she became a state certified teacher. In her free time she enjoys spending time with...
Stefania: Portland ISEE course instructor
...me a stronger teacher. I like to push my students while tutoring, but I like to make sure my student feels comfortable and are not afraid to ask questions if they are unsure of something. It is normal for children to struggle and often times they are not comfortable asking for help. In my spare time I love to travel, read, and hang out with my children. I love to see new places and experience...