A limited amount of bilingual word-to-word dictionaries will be available in select languages and will be provided on a first come first served basis. To ensure the use of the word-to-word dictionary, please bring your own copy, which is subject to inspection by the BPS. Approved bilingual dictionaries only provide word-to-word translations and do not include definitions. Parents may purchase a dictionary from the following list of authorized distributors:
Please note that special accommodation testing will be held at Boston Latin School only. If you plan to request special accommodations for the ISEE, please make sure to select the Boston Latin School – Special Accommodations test center.
The Special Accommodations request form is available online at www.bostonpublicschools.org/exam. All requests must be submitted by September 30, 2016, to make arrangements for the November 5th exam. Confirmation letters will be mailed home during the last week in October detailing approved accommodations. Please be advised that special accommodations will not be granted at the test site without a confirmation letter from Enrollment Planning & Support.
All students must present proper identification at the test center. Examples of acceptable student identification include a passport, green card, or BPS One Card with photo. The passport and green card may be expired; however, the document must display a recent photo of the child.
If the student does not have photo identification, students may present any two items from the following list:
- Social Security Card
- Report Card
- Birth Certificate
- School ID
Students will not be admitted to the test center without proper identification under any circumstance.
Test Day Checklist
In order for students to test on November 5th, your child must bring the following materials to the test center:
1. ISEE Test Admission Ticket
2. Student Identification
3. Residency Verification Receipt (not applicable to current Boston Public Schools students)
4. Five sharpened No. 2 pencils and an eraser
ISEE National Test Option
Families applying to private and independent schools, in addition to the Boston exam schools, should consider taking the ISEE at a national test site. A national test administration also includes an essay portion which many private and independent schools require as part of their application process. (The BPS test administration does not include the essay.) It is the parent’s responsibility to schedule, pay, and assure that their child tests no later than Saturday, November 19, 2016. Please remember to select the Boston Exam Schools, school code 888888, when you register for a national test. Test scores must be received by the BPS by Friday, December 9, 2016.
To view a list of national ISEE locations and to register for an exam, please visit www.iseetest.org
. Please note that students may sit for one test administration within a four-month period. If national testing is selected, parents are not required to register for the November 5th ISEE with Boston Public Schools.Frequently Asked Questions