Admissions Testing

St. Thomas More Academy employs the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) to administer and grade the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) for rising 9th and 10th graders, as well for rising 6th and 7th graders

Many private schools in our area and many more college preparatory schools throughout the nation use this test for evaluative purposes.  The ISEE is an excellent tool for any college preparatory school, as the results are often very similar to those the student receives after taking the PSAT in the first preparatory year.  The ISEE gives the school and parents a good sense of where the student is on a trajectory towards taking the SAT in the third and fourth years.

Junior/Senior transfers are required to submit PSAT (or similar) scores.  If these are not available, the ISEE test must be taken.

ERB offers an on-line student guide to help students prepare for the test, which can be found here.

Students may take the test at any available location or via the at-home testing option as long as St. Thomas More Academy is chosen as a score recipient.  To do this, simply enter the St. Thomas More Academy ERB number during test registration.  The ERB number is 344656. 

Parents may register students for the ISEE one of two ways:

1. On-line at the ISEE registration web page - please see instructions for on-line registration at the bottom of this page;

2. By phone at (919) 956-8524 or 800-446-0320

The ERB fee for the ISEE test on the STMA campus during the 2020-21 testing season is $140 for online registration and an additional $25 for phone registration.  Testing at a Prometric Office is $200.

Be sure to register early for the test (minimum three weeks in advance or incur a fee for late registration one to two weeks before the exam). 

If the registration deadline has passed for a specific date listed below, a parent can request a walk-in code, space permitting.  Please call the Admissions Office to obtain this code.  Please note that registering for the exam with a walk-in code is more costly. Students will not be allowed to take the exam as walk-ins without the necessary code. 

For your convenience, the ISEE (paper-test) is regularly scheduled at our campus.  We have 6 test dates available during the 2020-2021 academic year listed below.

In order to be included in the Early Admissions (first round) decision letters, the ISEE must be taken by November 2020. 

In order to be included in the second round of Admissions decision letters, the ISEE must be taken by February 2021.

Admissions decisions occur on a rolling basis after the first two rounds of letters are sent after early March 2021. 

October 31, 2020 - Event Code: NALQ4J5P

November 21, 2020 - Event Code: 5VSWQGXM

January 23, 2021 - Event Code: 87WMSNXQ 

February 20, 2021 - Event Code: 86PEFDH3 

March 20, 2021 - Event Code: BU6QXRXK

April 24, 2021 - Event Code: 2WWLJW3L

***The exams listed above may only be found and registered for by phone or on the ERB website by using the Event Code listed beside each date.***            

Please visit the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) website to register and to find out more information regarding fees and deadlines. Follow these instructions once on the site:

1. Create a Parent account;

2. Watch the video "How to Register for the ISEE";

3. Click "Add Student";

4. Enter student's information;

5. Click the green tab titled "Search and Register" to see available test dates and testing sites;

6. Enter information in the box titled "Registration Data" and click the green "Next" tab;

7. A testing date/site can be found one of two ways:

       A. To register for an exam on our campus (dates listed above), enter the "Event Code" in the box to the right of the page for the specific date (please see the event codes listed above);

       B. To chose a different date/site, in the box on the left of the page, simply chose Raleigh/Durham area (or other area if not local) in the "Consortium" box to search for available dates and testing sites;

8. Choose a test date/testing site from the provided list and click the green "Register" tab; follow the remaining steps to complete registration and pay the registration fee.

Please ensure that STMA is chosen as a score recipient by entering our ERB number (344656) in the "Member Code" box during registration.  The Admissions Office will receive a student's ISEE scores within 72 hours (often between 24 and 48 hours) of the exam. 

For troubleshooting, please visit the ERB FAQ page here.

Please contact the Admissions Office by phone at 919-576-7064 or by email at with questions.