The split entry has two short sets of stairs (usually 5 or 6 steps per stairway) and is a one level improvement with a basement. The entry is "between" the floors. Usually the basement level is "walk out". A split entry has a different look than a raised ranch from the outside as the front entry door lines up to the front windows differently. A variation of the split entry is called the "front to back split" in which there are two upper levels.