After students take the ISEE, you wait anxiously for those ISEE score reports to arrive.  Once they do and you open them up, you see a variety of scores and numbers. What do they all mean? What is a scaled score? Percentile Rank? Stanine score? Reading a score report can be overwhelming so I am here to break it all down for you.

One section of your ISEE score report is called “Test Profile”.  This section shows how well your child performed on the ISEE. Here is an example of what this section looks like.

Test Profile

V= Verbal Reasoning, R= Reading Comprehension, Q= Quantitative Reasoning, M= Mathematics Achievement 

Section: There are 4 sections of the ISEE that students will receive a score for.  The Verbal Reasoning and Reading Comprehension sections focus on English and the Quantitative Reasoning and Mathematics Achievement sections focus on math.  Students receive an individual score for each section. The essay section is not scored and will not show up on the score report.

Scaled Score: Scaled scores range from 760-940.  The lowest score a student can receive is 760 and the highest score they can receive is 940. The closer the number is to 940, the better your child performed.  The scaled score comes from the number of questions the students got correct which is put into a common scale to compare scores across all versions of the test given in the same year.

Percentile Rank: The percentile rank shows how your child did compared to other students who also took the ISEE.  The rank is based on scores from all students in a particular grade level who have taken the test over the past three years.  For example, a percentile rank of 80% means that your child did better than 80% of all students in this group. It also means that he or she did not do as well as 19% of all students in this group. The highest percentile rank a student can receive is 99%.

Stanine: A stanine score ranges from 1 to 9, with 5 being in the middle.  Stanine scores divide the entire range of students’ scores from the percentile rank into nine sections. The higher the stanine score, the better your child did on the ISEE.

Percentile RankStanine

Stanine Analysis: Stanine analysis compares your child’s performance across all 4 sections using the stanine score.  You can see how your child performed on Verbal Reasoning (V), Reading Comprehension (R), Quantitative Reasoning (Q), and Mathematics Achievement (M).  This shows which sections your child performed better on compared to the others.


The other section of your ISEE score report is labeled as “Analysis”.  This part of the score report breaks down each section of the ISEE into the specific types of questions that were asked and how your child performed on each of these types of questions.

Section & Subsection# of Questions# CorrectResults for Each Question
Verbal Reasoning
Single Word Response108++++-++++-
Phrase Response55+++++
Quantitative Reasoning
Word Problems3530+++++++++++--+++-
Reading Comprehension
Main Idea43++-+
Supporting Ideas43+-++
Mathematics Achievement
Whole Numbers54+-+++
Decimals, Percents, Fractions55+++++
Algebraic Concepts54++++-
Data Analysis and Probability53-++-+

(+) = correct           (-) = incorrect     S= skipped             N= Not Reached

Section & Subsection: This shows the different sections the students completed and the particular types of questions that were asked in each section. For example, in the verbal reasoning section, the types of questions that were asked focused on synonyms, single word response, and phrase response.

# of Questions: This section of the score report shows how many of each type of questions were asked.

# Correct: This section shows the specific number of questions that your child got correct in each subcategory.

Results for Each Question: This section shows the specific questions your child got correct and incorrect.  + means correct and – means incorrect.

Example: +–+

How to read it: The first question is correct. The second question is incorrect.  The third question is incorrect. The fourth question is correct.

If your child chooses to take the ISEE again, this section will be helpful so that you can see which areas your child did well in and which areas he or she should continue to work on.  For example, If you child got multiple questions wrong on the section labeled “algebraic concepts” this would be something to focus on before registering for another ISEE test.

For registration information and to register for the ISEE please visit the ERB website.

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