The ISEE vs ERB
Many of our clients call us with just this question: What is the difference between the ISEE and the ERB? What are these tests? How are they different?
The short answer is not that much. However, the two tests are used in quite different ways.
The ERB is a standardized test administered by a private school to measure the skills learned by their students in that grade level. It’s a loose assessment in many ways of how much the child learned and how successful the teacher was at teaching various learning targets.
It is a not so little known secret that many private schools are using these tests as a secondary gauge of a student’s aptitude.
Many of our clients actually use our ISEE tutors to
What is the ISEE?
The ISEE is the most popular Independent School entrance exam in Los Angeles, California. It is divided into four different sections:
Verbal Reasoning: This is the vocabulary section. It tests knowledge of synonyms and sentence completion.
Quantitative Reasoning: This tests many areas of math: numbers, algebra, geometry, statistics and measurement. What is tricky about this section is that it asks students to compare and equate two different math equations to get one answer.
Reading comprehension: This section tests your child’s ability to read effectively.
Math Achievement: This is the “easier” section of math as there are no comparison questions.
It also has a short three paragraph essay that it asks the students to write. The essay topics often include:
1. If you could improve your school, your community or your campus, what would you improve upon and why?
2. What is one of your favorite novels and Why?
3. What is one national problem you would like to solve and how would you do so?
What often confuses parents is that the ISEE is made by the same company that makes the ERB.
There are three levels:
1. The Lower Level: For students entering 5th or 6th grade.
2. The Middle Level: For students heading into Middle School [7th & 8th grades].
3. The Upper Level: For students heading into High School [9th and 10th grades].
However, ultimately, these two tests serve very different purposes. One is testing performance by the school and the other is assessing your ability to gain entrance to the school.
We often find that there is tremendous cross-over between the content of these two tests and by beginning early preparation for the ISEE, you will prepare your student for the ERB.