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We want to congratulate all of our 2017-18 ISEE students on their outstanding success!
Academic Achievers' 2018 private school placement was the best year ever!
91% of our students were placed into one of their first-choice schools.

92% received 5 or above on all areas of the exam
71% received 6, 7 and above
42% received 7, 8, 9s
3% received all 8 and 9s
Our students will be attending Harvard-Westlake, Brentwood, Crossroads, Archer, Windward, Mirman, Milken, New Roads, Viewpoint, Berkeley Hall, Buckley, Marlborough, Curtis School, Campbell Hall, Flintridge Prep and many others.

Academic Achievers ISEE Prep + Our Private School Consulting = Success!
  • An exceptional, comprehensive preparation process
  • A more personalized approach with choice of at-home visits or in-office sessions for maximum comfort and ease
  • Top-notch strategies for critical reading and quick, efficient problem solving
  • Writing techniques designed to develop personal voice and present clear, masterful themes
  • Free full-length practice exams at our Santa Monica facility
  • Application consultation and interview support
"Best Test Prep Tutors in LA"- CBS local

Click here to register for official ISEE Exam

Click here to upload our ISEE brochure

We've had scores of successes helping our students place in all of the top Los Angeles independent schools:
Campbell Hall
Flintridge Prep
and more!

Preparing for independent school means preparing for the ISEE.
We welcome the opportunity to guide your child to academic and testing success.

Academic Achievers is now accepting students for the 2015 Summer Prep Program.  Prep during the summer and take the exam in the fall with confidence. 

Click here to meet our ISEE tutors

The Facts of the ISEE Exam:

What is it?

The ISEE is The Independent School Entrance Exam for student in 4th through 11th grade who wish to apply to independent elementary and secondary schools for the following year.

The Lower Level is for candidates applying to 5th and 6th grade.
The Middle Level is for candidates applying to 7th and 8th grade.
The Upper Level is for candidates applying to 9th grade and above.

For many students this test is their first experience of a long standardized test, one that can have a major impact on being admitted to the school of their choice.  As the competition to get into private high schools, and even middle schools increases, stress for both students and their parents can be quite high.  Because the ISEE is obviously an entrance exam, we at Academic Achievers do all we can to thoughly prepare your student to maximize their ability and confidence while producing their best results.

What's on it?

The ISEE consists of multiple choice questions in four areas:  Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, and Math.  There is also an essay, which is not scored, but is sent to the schools to which you apply.

Can a student be prepared for it?

The ISEE is quite coachable, and like the ACT and the SAT, preparing for the test can make a substantial difference in a student's score and confidence.  Tutoring includes understanding the layout of the test, learning multiple choice strategies, practicing timed sections, improving reading comprhension, enriching vocabulary, and practicing focus for long periods of time, since one of the most difficult elements of the ISEE for young students is its length.  Stress, anxiety, and mental fatigue can cause a student to score lower than their ability.

The test is also daunting in other ways.  The ISEE has both math and verbal elements that are purposefully beyond most students' comprehension.  Therefore, a smart and sucessful student can feel like a failure because they don't know the answes to all the questions posed.  This can further contribute to anxiety and lack of confidence, and make a student think tha they are less bright than their peers.

How long is the exam?

The ISEE exam is 2 hours and 40 minutes for Upper and Middle Levels and 2 hours and 20 minutes for Lower Level.

When is it?

The majority of the testing dates for the ISEE are in the fall and early winter. Because of the Los Angeles private school deadlines, most students will take the test in December or early January.  You must register through the ERB.  Click here for registration information.

How is it scored?

ISEE grading can be confusing for both parents and students.  A student receives a percentile rank between 1 and 99 and a stanine score between 1 and 9. 

A 75th percentile, for example, means the student performed equal or better than 75% of his/her fellow test takers of the same grade in the past 3 years.   The percentile ranks are then separated into nine ranges, or stanines.  Because the scores are based on data regarding other students of the same grade, practice tests can only give a generalized idea of the final score, and not an exact reflection. 

These stanine scores are not relative to traditional A-F grades.  Unlike traditional grading, where many students receive As and Bs, most
ISEE test takers receive a score between 4-6 (54%), while 23% receive 1-3s, and 23% receive 7-9.  Receiving a 9 on the ISEE is quite unusual (4%) and an 8 is received by only 7% of test takers.

Although the ISEE is created by the same company who creates the ERB, your child's score may be lower on the ISEE than the ERB because they are being compared to a selective subset of test-takers: Students who are applying to private schools.

The sections of the ISEE, as well as the levels for each grade, can be found on the ERB website  Preparation for the test can help mitigate uncertainty, improve skills, and instill confidence in students who may be facing a test of this ilk for the first time.

Why Choose Academic Achievers?

Academic Achievers will give your child a diagnostic assessment at no charge, and then customize a curriculum to remediate areas in need of improvment and strengthen areas in which they are proficient, as well as teach finely tuned test taking techniques. Our tutoring is one-on-one and tutors will come to your home or you may choose to tutor in one of our rooms in our Santa Monica facility.  We do not hire students or recent college graduates.  All of our tutors have been tutoring the ISEE for a minimum of 5 years, some over 20. Most of our tutors have Masters degrees, some have PhDs, and all have a track record of improving student scores.  Academic Achievers tutors are professional, skilled, and highly qualified.

Your child will get top-of-the-line preparation from one of our test prep professionals   We also provide free full length proctored practice tests at our Santa Monica facility.  Academic Achievers does not just prep your child for the ISEE, we also offer application guidance, private school admission consulting and  mock interviews to assure both that you and your child are fully prepared.  Academic Achievers was chosen "Best Test Prep Tutors in LA" by CBS Local.

We at Academic Achievers know that testing well is a learned skill. Each child is an individual; each child learns differently. Studies show that the most effective way to prepare for standardized testing is through one-on-one tutoring, customized to fit a student's unique needs. We cherish our small company and are personally committed to your child's achievement.

Enjoy an efficient, comprehensive preparation process AND approach the exam with confidence!
So do we!

While there are plenty of national-wide ISEE Prep programs out there, you prefer a more personalized approach...
So do we!

Preparing your child for a great independent school means preparing your child for the ISEE. 


"For any parent who desires the BEST place for test preparation look no further than Academic Achievers. We are so grateful that our son signed up for ISEE preparation with Dr Lauren Rubin. We didn't make this decision until 2 months before his test and yet she worked her magic and helped our son succeed beyond our expectations. He had exceptional scores including 9 and 8's because of her! My son loved working with her and always looked forward to his tutoring time.
What I especially appreciated as a parent was the honest feedback Dr Rubin gave me during this process about how I was unintentionally making the test prep harder for my son by putting so much pressure on this test. By stepping back, letting her take over we found a huge weight lifted off our son. She is exceptional and we plan on returning to them for all our test preparation needs and tutoring enrichment.
Janis is very professional, caring and has helped our family over the years. Their prices reflect the high level expertise and are worth it!
Both myself and my son's father are medical doctors who have very high standards for education and academic preparation. This center and Dr Lauren Rubin are beyond extraordinary and every student should be so lucky to have this opportunity to excel by attending this center."
--Dr. Shamsah Amirci, Santa Monica

We had our son do private tutoring here for his ISEE. Gabe was such a great tutor, and Janis was incredibly helpful and accommodating. Our son was accepted to both Harvard-Westlake and Brentwood. Academic Achievers let you take all the practice tests you will need, that are timed and under a testing structure at no additional charge. Gabe really related well to my son. Applied to 2 very tough schools for 7th grade and got into both. He had outstanding ISEE scores.  I wish I had known about them earlier and had sent my other son there. He would have definitely done better!"

--Heather G., Hancock Park

 "We had an exceptional experience with Academic Achievers.  They understand that test preparation and tutoring requires thoughtful assessment and planning, and most importantly matching each child with the optimal tutor.  Their tutors all have degrees from top universities, and they are carefully screened for personality, temperament, aptitude, and enjoyment of teaching. Our son worked with a Princeton graduate to hone his skills for the ISEE, and the work allowed him to approach the exam calmly and with confidence (leading to stellar results).  We are very happy to enthusiastically recommend Academic Achievers to other families."
--Ed B., Pacific Palisades

"We just got our son's ISEE scores, and he received 8's and 9's (including a perfect score in the Reading Comprehension section).  He made significant improvement in math, which was our focus in the lessons, and he was admitted to his first-choice school, Harvard-Westlake.  Thank you, Dr. Lauren, for being such a fun, patient, and skillful instructor.  And please extend our thanks to everyone at Academic Achievers for providing a comfortable, focused, and confidence-building environment in which he could learn."
--Paul H., Los Feliz

"Thank you for all that you did to prepare our son for the ISEE.  He took the exam today and felt really confident about it.  But more important to Andy and I - he learned some wonderful study and testing techniques through you and and Sunny."
--L. LaCorte, Westwood

"Your tutors are exceptional! My son loved working with Michael and his score improved with each practice test. Prepping for the ISEE turned out to be a very supportive experience.  We were also pleasantly surprised that his grades went up as well.  What he was learning in test prep directly transferred to what he were learning in school."
- T.B., parent, Pacific Palisades

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