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The best preparation is practicing under real conditions.

Step 1. Click any of the 10 essay links below to start an essay question. You have 30 minutes (countdown clock has a pause feature).

Step 2. Your answer will be emailed to you after completion with an analysis of the essay question and sample essay answers from other students.

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ISEE Practice Essay Topics

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Download ISEE Practice Tests

The ISEE essay requires students to write a descriptive essay in thirty minutes. The essay is not scored, but a copy of the writing sample is sent to the admissions officers of the schools to which the ISEE score report is sent.


  • Follow directions! Make sure you rewrite the prompt on the top of the first page of your answer sheet.
  • Budget your time! Make sure to save time at the end to edit for spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • ISEE Essays tend to be descriptive essays. A descriptive essay requires you to write about a person, place, thing, idea, or event in a way that makes it possible for your reader to properly visualize or understand it. You might be asked to offer your own definitions or explanations.
  • Make sure your essay has a clear introductory paragraph, two or three body paragraphs, and a concluding paragraph.
  • While you will be asked to write about a specific topic, the topics themselves tend to involve broad subjects: books, school, community service, role models.
    • Choose a subject that appeals to you.
    • Choose subjects about which you know a great deal.
  • Identify two or three important qualities about the subject you choose.
    • Example: Two qualities of a good teacher are expertise and organization.
  • Write about two or three reasons why you chose the subject you chose.
    • My favorite author is William Shakespeare because he vividly recreates history and he writes humorously.

Here's a list of essay topics with which to practice:

Lower Level (grades 5 and 6):


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