SSAT test prep

How to Study Vocabulary Most Effectively for the ISEE and SSAT Tests

In order to perform well on the ISEE and SSAT tests, learning to study vocabulary is crucial. The Verbal section of each test challenges the vocabulary skills of even the strongest students. It can be difficult to study vocabulary with your busy schedule, but without making it a priority, you will not be able to perform well on the synonyms and analogies portions of the SSAT exam or the synonyms and sentence completions portions of…

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The One-Two Pass: General SSAT Test Taking Strategy

In the Synonym, Analogy, and Math sections of the SSAT, it is important for you to become comfortable with the one-two pass strategy.  In the first pass, you should only attempt problems that you feel you have a good chance of being able to answer correctly. In the second pass, you should attempt the remaining problems. By using the one-two pass strategy, you won’t get caught up on a difficult problem halfway through and run…

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Do You Know How to Interpret Your Child’s ISEE/SSAT Scores?

Private schools use the test scores for about ⅓ of their admission decision. They typically consider grades, scores, and extracurriculars/recommendations all equally. Remind your child that this test is not the end of the world, and will not be the only indicator of their ability to get into a good school. A perfect score is not necessary, and schools are looking for well-rounded students, so the test is just one part of the application. Private…

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Do You Know the Differences Between the ISEE and SSAT Tests?

Wondering what the differences are between the ISEE and SSAT tests?  First of all, below are the levels of the test that your child would be taking:  SSAT: Elementary Level SSAT, Students currently in grades 3-4 ​Middle Level SSAT, Students currently in grades 5-7 Upper Level SSAT, Students currently in grades 8-11 ISEE: Primary Level ISEE, Students currently in grades 2-3 Note: The Primary Level ISEE contains only Reading & Math sections Lower Level ISEE,…

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Is Your Child Taking the ISEE/SSAT Test?

Is your child taking the ISEE/SSAT? It’s important for you and your child to understand that the test is far more challenging than the typical tests they have taken in school. The test is taken by the best and brightest students applying for competitive schools, so the pool of students taking the test is already very high-achieving. The makers of the test have developed the content to be challenging enough that most students will not…

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Does Your Child Get SSAT Accommodations? What You Need to Know

Will your child need special accommodations to take the SSAT test? The exam proctors will make every effort to arrange special administrations for students who are unable to take the SSAT under standard conditions because of a documented learning difference or a physical challenge. Read on for instructions on eligibility and how to apply for accommodations. As far as eligibility, any student with an identified disabling condition or impairment which substantially limits their ability to…

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How to Apply for Private School After Traditional Deadlines

If your child was waitlisted, the SSAT has an Open Seat Listing Feature. Read more on how to apply for private school after traditional deadlines below: “Whether you didn’t receive an offer of admission from your top choice school, didn’t get the financial aid package you needed, or are coming to the process after the admission season, there are many reasons why you may still be seeking the perfect independent school fit for you. There…

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What Not To Do on the SSAT

If your child is interested in attending an independent school, they will likely need to take the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT) in order to apply. We have the information you need on what not to do on the SSAT. Don’t guess unless you can eliminate one or more answer choices as wrong. To read more about the guessing strategy for the SSAT, click here. Don’t rush, but keep moving. Use your time wisely by…

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December 2018 SSAT Locations

The next SSAT test date is fast approaching; Saturday, December 8th will be here before we know it. For your convenience, we have compiled a list of the locations for the December SSAT test. Note: this list applies to the Middle/Upper Level Standard SSAT test only. Applewild School 120 Prospect Street Fitchburg, MA 01420 Bancroft School 110 Shore Drive Worcester, MA 01605 Beacon Academy Simmons College Main Campus Building 300 The Fenway Boston, MA 02215…

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SSAT Locations November 2018

The next SSAT test date is fast approaching; Saturday, November 10th will be here before we know it. For your convenience, we have compiled a list of the SSAT locations of the October SSAT test. Note: this list applies to the Middle/Upper Level Standard SSAT test only. Applewild School 120 Prospect Street Fitchburg, MA 01420 Bancroft School 110 Shore Drive Worcester, MA 01605 Beacon Academy Simmons College Main Campus Building 300 The Fenway Boston, MA…

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