When to GuessThe first thing to know for the Middle or Upper level SSAT is when to guess. You need to understand each question well enough to be able to cross off at least one answer choice. Otherwise, omit the question as there is a ¼ point guessing penalty.
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Most students can tell you all about their favorite subject in school. Some kids love reading and writing stories, while others are enthralled by a perfectly puzzling math question.
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The Reading Comprehension (RC) section of the ISEE test is intended to test students' abilities to answer questions about short reading passages in a limited timeframe. Depending on the level, the ISEE RC section consists of 5 or 6 approximately 25-75 line-numbered passages with 5 or 6 questions per passage. While students don’t need “outside information” to score well in this section (as questions are about the provided passages), many students are challenged by limited time, difficulty in understanding certain question types, and advanced vocabulary. Read More
The Verbal Reasoning (VR) section of the ISEE test is intended to assess a student’s vocabulary, ability to identify synonyms, and ability to solve the verbal puzzles known as sentence completions. The questions in VR are all multiple-choice. The first half consists of synonyms, and the second half consists of sentence completions, which are each a sentence with one or two blanks followed by four answer choices.Read More