Ulises is a test-prep specialist and UCLA- certified college counselor with over 8 years of experience tutoring in the South Bay. Ulises earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California – Santa Cruz in 2014. During his time in college, Ulises worked as an AVID tutor and college counselor for immigrant students of low-income in Watsonville, CA. Ulises teaches Spanish and English at all levels and works with college students to develop skills for writing research and analysis papers. As a test prep specialist, Ulises has been successful in helping students earn perfect scores in the ACT and SAT Spanish Subject test while improving the personal best scores for many others in a variety of other standardized tests including the ISEE and HSPT.
ISEE test prep
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Summer is a great time for ISEE tutoring but first it is important to familiarize yourself with the test. If you decide to proceed with ISEE tutoring, we will recommend the best test prep book and individualized program to meet your child’s needs based on the amount of time they have until the test and based on their pre-test score.
The ISEE Upper Level (entering high school) is composed of the following sections: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, reading comprehension, mathematic achievement and an essay portion. Each section is timed and ranges from 36 to 47 questions. There is only 1 essay prompt. The total testing time is 2 hours and 40 min. The ISEE can only be taken 1 time in a six month period
On all levels of the ISEE, the student receives one point for each multiple-choice question answered correctly. Students are not penalized for incorrect answers or for omitted answers. Speed in completing each ISEE section is not considered in scoring. Correct, incorrect, and omitted answers are tallied for each test section to produce a raw score. The total number of correct answers is the raw score.
Raw scores are then converted into scaled scores, using a formula used to compensate for any differences in difficulty from test to test. The ISEE is graded on a scale of 760 to 940. The scales are derived from specific tables produced by the test maker. Once scores are converted to scaled scores, they are compared with the scores of students of the same grade level across the country. This is done using a 3-year rolling pool of test-taker scores.
Program percentiles compare students with peer test-takers within the same age and grade group.
- Scores between the 50th percentile and 74th percentile are considered to be “barely above average.”
- Scores at or above the 75th percentile are considered to be “very strong.”
A student who always scored above the 50th percentile on other tests may place below the 50th percentile on the ISEE, and students who normally score above the 90th percentile on other tests may score barely above average on the ISEE. For example, parents are frequently surprised when they see a 75th percentile score for a child who scored at the 95th percentile last year on a test based on state or national norms. This difference is due to the high-achieving population of students taking the ISEE, which makes the ranking very competitive.
ISEE Essays are not scored and are therefore not factored into the score report. Instead, the Essays are forwarded to the same schools that will receive the ISEE score report. Admissions committees from each school will individually assess the applicant?s writing capabilities.
ISEE Score Reports are released to the schools, educational consultants, and education organizations that a student selects on the registration form. Scores remain active for one academic year. The scores required for admissions vary by school.
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