Once again, it’s time for you to work on your SSAT prep. While there’s no specific curriculum that prepares you for the SSAT, there are some things you can do to familiarize yourself with the content and generally work to prepare for the exam. Last time, we shared tips to help you in preparing for the SSAT’s reading and verbal section. In today’s blog, we offer some strategies to help you with your SSAT prep for the quantitative/math sections of the upper level exam. Doing well on this exam may help increase your chances of getting into one of the best boarding schools.
SSAT Prep Tip: Know the timing
There are 50 questions total on the math portion of the SSAT, broken into two sections of 25, each giving you 30 minutes to complete the questions. That’s 1 minute per question with 5 minutes to review. Obviously some questions you’ll complete in less time and some you’ll need more, so practice answering questions to know which types of problems take you the longest.
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SSAT Prep Tip: Know the topics covered
The math section covers a variety of topics, including computations, geometry, algebra, and mathematical concepts. Don’t panic! You should be familiar with these topics already just through your regular school work. Questions may range from basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, to percents, fractions, and decimals. You may even see angle measurements, geometry, and concepts of positive and negative numbers.
SSAT Prep Tip: Practice without a calculator
You’re not allowed to use a calculator on the SSAT, so don’t practice for the test using one. Most of the questions on the test require minimal or simple calculations. The focus of this section isn’t to see how well you can use a calculator, it’s to see how well you can use basic mathematical reasoning.
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SSAT Prep Tip: Practice word problems
For many students, word problems can be intimidating, so practice reading the directions carefully and answering them on your own. Remember, the problem itself can give you hints as to how to answer it. The more you familiarize yourself with word problems, the easier they will be when you are faced with them on testing day.
Visit the SSAT Help Center
Here you’ll find webinars, tutorials, sample questions, and format outlines for each level of the test. Reviewing these resources should be a top priority.