Essay Prompts to Practice for the Upper Level SSAT

Although the essay for the Upper Level SSAT is not scored, it is still important to do your very best, as it will be sent to the admissions officer of the schools to which you are applying. Practicing ahead of time with some essay prompts is a good idea. The SSAT includes a 25-minute Writing Sample of one to two pages in length. Upper Level SSAT students will be asked to choose between writing a…

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Essay Prompts to Practice for the Middle Level SSAT

Although the SSAT essay is not scored, it is still important to do your very best, as it will be sent to the admissions officer of the schools to which you are applying. Practicing ahead of time with some essay prompts is a good idea. The SSAT includes a 25-minute Writing Sample of one to two pages in length. Middle Level students will be asked to write a story starting with a phrase or a…

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SSAT Test Options, Types, Locations and More

Is your child taking the SSAT? It’s important to be aware of all the different test options available for them. There are currently four different SSAT test options: Paper-Based SSAT SSAT At Home Prometric Test Center SSAT Flex Test Paper-Based Test Option The paper-based SSAT is administered at test centers or by educational consultants. For each question, students use a pencil to fill in a circle for the answer they have chosen, and students also…

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SSAT Facts to Help You Prepare for Test Day

It’s SSAT test day! Take a deep breath and try to relax. One of the keys to succeeding on any test is to have the right mindset. Don’t let self-defeating thoughts take you hostage on test day. Approach test day with confidence, knowing that your preparation will pay off. Here are some SSAT facts that will help prepare you for test day. 1. What is the SSAT? SSAT stands for the Secondary School Admissions Test,…

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Traps to Avoid on the Synonym Section of the SSAT

The synonym section of the SSAT is very challenging due to the difficult vocabulary, as well as the traps that the test-makers include to confuse you. The first trap to look out for is the Secondary Part of Speech Trap. Sometimes the word has a secondary meaning when it is used in a different part of speech. For example, words can be both a noun and a verb, and have different meanings depending on their part…

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Testing Multiple Times for the SSAT

It can be very helpful for students to take the SSAT test more than once. Our recommendation is to start test prep before testing the first time, then continue test prep up until the second test date. Testing multiple times may give students an advantage if they are already familiar with the test. It can be beneficial for students to have the experience of taking the test the first time, then reviewing those results with the tutor,…

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Not Sure How to Read Your Child’s SSAT Report?

Not sure how to read your child’s SSAT report? Your child’s SSAT report will contain the following information: Number of Items: The number of items in the content sections and subsections. Number Correct: The number of correct answers for the content sections and subsections. Percent Correct: The percentage of correct answers for the content sections and subsections. Scaled Score: A score which has a range of values from 300 to 600. The mean value of…

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SSAT Upper Level Exam: A Complete Guide

Is your child preparing for the SSAT? Here’s what you need to know about SSAT content for the upper level exam. Test Format–Upper Level Exam The Upper Level SSAT is a multiple-choice test for students currently in grades 8-11 that consists of verbal, quantitative (math), and reading comprehension sections, plus an unscored writing sample. Familiarity with the format of the test and review of practice questions will make your test-taking experience easier. Section Number of…

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SSAT Middle Level Exam: What You Need to Know

Is your child preparing for the SSAT? Here’s what you need to know about SSAT content for the middle level exam. Test Format–Middle Level Exam The Middle Level SSAT is a multiple-choice test for students currently in grades 5-7 that consists of verbal, quantitative (math), and reading comprehension sections. Section Number of Questions Duration Writing Sample 1 (unscored)   25 minutes Break 5 minutes Quantitative 25   30 minutes Reading 40   40 minutes Break…

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SSAT Elementary Level Exam: Here’s a Breakdown

Is your child preparing for the SSAT? Here’s what you need to know about SSAT content for the elementary level exam. Elementary Level SSAT Format Section Number of Questions Duration Quantitative/Math 30 ​ 30 minutes Verbal 30 ​ 20 minutes Break ​ 15 minutes Reading 28 ​ 30 minutes Writing Sample 1 prompt ​ 15 minutes Experimental Section 15-17 15 minutes Totals 89 ​ 2 hours, 5minutes Scoring and Score Reporting–Elementary Level Exam A free…

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