Scoring is sent to schools as both a scaled score and a percentile rank. Scaled scores for each section, not including the essay, are between 760 and 940. The percentile rank is based on applicants in the same grade who have taken the test within the last three years. A stanine score is an abbreviated version of the percentile rank and divides students into nine groups based on their percentile.
The essay is not factored into the student’s final score. However, a copy of the essay is forwarded to the schools with the Individual Student Report, which shows scaled scores, percentiles, and stanines. The ISEE does not penalize student for guessing, so students should make their best guess on questions, even if they’re not sure of the right answer.