How do we approach test prep for the SSAT?
Individualized tutoring through our service allows students to build vital knowledge for mastering the test while growing their confidence in their abilities.
By tailoring the work to the student’s particular strengths and weaknesses and balancing between the two, our tutors ensure that students feel great about their learning while genuinely improving their skills.
With the knowledge of their own successes behind them, students are less stressed, more capable, and better test-takers overall!
What is the SSAT?
Much like the SAT, the SSAT is a standardized test that assesses a student’s competencies in reading, writing, vocabulary, logic, and mathematics. Students have a set amount of time to complete Verbal, Quantitative, Reading, and Writing Sample sections; everything but the writing sample relies on multiple-choice questions.
The length and difficulty of these sections depends on the level of SSAT being taken. Personalized tutoring is a great way for students to prepare for the specific level of the SSAT they need to take.
Lower level (4th grade)
It is 1 hour and 50 minutes long with 1 break in the middle, and it is divided into 4 sections. Students are tested on their vocabulary, reading comprehension, and basic arithmetic, geometric, and problem solving abilities.
It is 2 hours and 30 minutes long with 1 break in the middle, and it is divided into 5 sections, two of which are mathematics. Students are tested on a higher level of vocabulary and reasoning, more sophisticated reading comprehension with passages from a wider variety of topics and time frames, and slightly more intensive mathematical computation problem solving including pre-algebra concepts.
It has the same structure as the middle level SSAT, lasting 2 hours and 30 minutes with 1 break in the middle and divided into 5 sections, two of them for math.
The complexity of vocabulary and analogies increases, and reading comprehension passages are longer and more complex. Mathematical problem solving deals with similar concepts as before but relies more heavily on word problems.
What makes a good tutor? Good listening skills, an interest in education and subject competency.
Makenzie recently began tutoring the SSAT and has received very favorably reviews from her students. In addition to tutoring many years, Makenzie has taught formally at the University of Washington and Western Washington University.
She is a full time mental health counselor and is comfortable working with kids of all ages.
Both tutors fill their schedules quickly during the school year. If you are interested in working with either one, please contact us well in advance of when you wish to begin in order to assure a space on their schedule.