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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
    Educational Records Bureau (ERB) badge
  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, 12/07/19 (registration deadline 11/16/19)
Saturday, 02/08/20 (registration deadline 01/11/20)
Saturday, 04/04/20 (registration deadline 03/14/20)

If you miss a registration deadline you may register as a walk-in by contacting 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?

$125 for online or mail in registration
$155 for online late registration (one to three weeks before the exam)
$150 for phone registration
$165 for walk-in registration

Online registration is available until one week before the test date. After that, families must register as a walk-in and there is an additional $40 fee (total fee of $165). Walk-in registrations must be processed online through a unique walk-in code which CHCA will provide. To test as a walk-in, families must contact the Admissions Office at, or (513) 247-9944, ext. 213, for the code.

Registration is paid online directly to Educational Records Bureau (ERB) by Visa or MasterCard only.  There is no paper registration and neither cash or checks are accepted for testing fees.

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.  You may only take the exam one time for scholarship consideration.

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

You will receive an email to the email address you provided when you registered for the exam.

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.