- Get resources: full-length SSAT practice tests, level-appropriate vocabulary lists, a watch for test day (and practice sections!), a quiet place to complete timed sections
- Help students eat well, sleep well, and exercise often
Organize with your child:
Connect students with a tutor or class (or you!) to:
- When will they test?
- How many new words can they commit to learning per week?
- Will you help them study or quiz them?
- When will they take diagnostic practice tests?
- Learn SSAT strategies: Ex, when to guess? There is a wrong answer penalty on the SSAT.
- Review any needed math concepts
- Practice the Writing Sample
- Build confidence. Celebrate successes and assure them that with practice they can do their best.
- Know that their happiness and success in life is actually NOT dependent on SSAT results. (If YOU are overly concerned they may become overly stressed which will NOT help them.)
- Offer an “after-test-day” award as motivation; a treat not dependent on scores. This “Woohooo, you did it!”-award can be material or a celebratory activity you’ll do together.
- Congratulate little successes along the way!