The Mathematics Achievement section is the longest part of the ISEE. You will have 40 minutes to answer 47 questions, and you are not allowed to use a calculator.
How is it different from Quantitative Reasoning?
Aside from length and timing, this section is very similar to Quantitative Reasoning, except that it does not have any Quantitative Comparison questions. Additionally, where Quantitative Reasoning questions are designed to be solved primarily through logic and reasoning (on top of a healthy knowledge of math concepts), Mathematics Achievement involves a greater focus on calculations and knowledge of math terminology.
Piqosity’s math lessons are applicable to both sections; mastering them will ensure that you are well-prepared to tackle all of the math you will see on test day.
Because of the differences in the format for each section, however, it is important to practice questions from both sections on a regular basis.
Your Piqosity account includes access to curated lessons on every math topic that appears on the ISEE. Reviewing these lessons and topics, especially as you review your first practice test, will give you a better idea of:
As with all sections of the ISEE, your practice for the Mathematics Achievement section should be frequent, thoughtful, and reflective:
Here is an example of what a Mathematics Achievement question looks like - it’s an official sample question from the creators of the ISEE:
An important part of preparing for any standardized test is systemizing the way in which you answer questions. If you have a system and you’ve practiced it well, you’ll be able to tackle every question confidently and efficiently, like a well-oiled machine. This is because you’ll already have a plan in place for how you’ll respond to familiar and unfamiliar topics alike.
This systematic approach to answering any question on the Mathematics Achievement section involves asking yourself three key questions, which we’ll break down further below.
This process should take you less than a minute, and substantially less for questions you choose to guess on and skip. This is why practice is important: you must master not only the content being tested, but also your strategy and pacing.
Let’s break down the three key questions from the systematic process illustrated above in a little more detail:
If you’re using this system correctly, you should end up making “educated guesses” on several questions during the test (especially when you’re still getting used to the format and content of the ISEE).
Now, let’s break down the steps to follow when you decide to make an educated guess on a Mathematics Achievement question:
Let’s break down what this systematic approach might look like when applied to the sample question cited earlier:
Preparing for the ISEE’s math sections is a cyclical process. It’s not enough to review every math topic once, take a practice test, and then call it a day. On the contrary, seeing your Mathematics Achievement score improve will require you to continually revisit concepts as you work through practice material. After all, you’re highly unlikely to master a topic after practicing it just once, and the large number of topics that can appear on the ISEE means that you’ll need to review topics repeatedly as you get rusty on them over time.
In other words, your preparations should end up looking like this: