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The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)

Students applying for admission to CHCA's Upper School grades 9-12, or students entering applying for the Cum Laude Scholarship grades 7-9, are required to take the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE).

You can register for the ISEE in one of the following ways:

  1. Online
  2. Phone 1-800-446-0320 or 1-919-956-8524
  3. Mail (form included in the ISEE Student Guide which can be downloaded from the website)

CHCA Code and Site Number: 365953

When is the test offered and what does my student need to bring?

Saturday, 12/01/18 (registration deadline 11/10/18)
Saturday, 02/09/19 (registration deadline 01/19/19)
Saturday, 04/06/19 (registration deadline 03/16/19)

If you miss a registration deadline you may register as a walk-in by contacting Admissions@chca-oh.org in the Admissions Office at (513) 247-9944, ext. 213.

We will provide the needed pencils and pens. Eating is not permitted during the test but we will offer snacks and drinks before the test and during the two scheduled test breaks. Students may not use a calculator and cell phones may not be activated during the test.

What is the cost?

$120 for online or mail in registration
$145 for phone registration
$160 for walk-in registration

Checks made payable to Educational Records Bureau (ERB). If you cannot afford the test fee, you may request the Ben D. Wood Grant Program Waiver Form from the Admissions Office (247-9944, ext. 213). Registration must be done by mail when using the waiver.

What are the test components?

There are five major test segments:

  • Verbal reasoning - 20 min
  • Quantitative reasoning - 35 min
  • Reading comprehension - 35 min
  • Mathematics achievement - 40 min
  • Essay - 30 min

How can I prepare?

To view or download ISEE preparation materials, click here.

What is the start time? How long does the test last?

The test begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. Please arrive between 8:30-8:45 a.m. for check-in. The exam will conclude at 12:10 p.m.

Who receives my test scores?

Within 7-10 business days, an individual test score report will be mailed to your home address. When you register for the exam you should select CHCA (school code #365953) to receive your test results so the school will receive a copy.

How often may I take the test?

Per ISEE guidelines, students may not take the exam more than three times in a twelve-month period.

How do I find out if the test is cancelled due to inclement weather?

If you have provided a phone number at the time of registration, you will be called if the test is cancelled.

Can I take the ISEE at a test location other than CHCA?

We prefer that you take the ISEE at CHCA on our scheduled dates. Students taking the ISEE at other approved ISEE locations must request their scores to be sent to CHCA.

What if my student is ill on the day of the test?

You can reschedule with ISEE at no extra charge.

Can students test with accommodations?

Extended time is available for qualified students. Please call 513-247-9944, ext. 213, for more specific information or download the Testing with Accommodations brochure from the ISEE website. The completed accommodation form must be received five weeks prior to test date.

Are sample test questions available?

Yes. The ISEE website has a Preparing for the ISEE page that includes a link to an interactive practice ISEE.