SSAT Strategies for Top Scorers

Three SSAT Strategies for Top Scorers

If you're preparing to take the SSAT, check out these strategies. Tested and proven with our many SSAT clients, these simple strategies will help your student learn how to approach the SSAT. Not sure what the SSAT really is? Look no further.

Strategy #1: Practice, Practice, Practice!

The single best way to prepare for the SSAT is to take a practice test. Timed practice will teach you several key things both about the SSAT and your own habits as a test taker. You will:

  • Get a feel for the pace of the test, learning which sections take you more or less time.

  • Learn which subjects areas you struggle in, and where to allocate your practice time

  • Become comfortable and consistent under test conditions.
    This experience is essential. Taking practice tests will directly improve your score by increasing your comfort with the material, as well as help you target specific areas for additional practice.

Strategy #2: Identify Weaknesses and Study Smart

Since we started tutoring the SSAT, we’ve had many top-scoring students, all of whom shared one thing in common: recognizing their weaknesses and devoting time every day to improving. Like any standardized test, the SSAT is highly learnable. With time and consistent practice, anyone can boost their score. What this often requires, however, is a willingness to spend 90% of one’s time with the most difficult concepts. This can be difficult for any student, but is essential for anyone who wants to master the test.

Strategy #3: In a crunch? Memorize vocabulary

While this won’t help you with math, test-takers in a crunch will benefit from some last-minute vocabulary memorization, as both the verbal and the reading comprehension test vocabulary knowledge heavily. One of the main objectives of the SSAT is to test a student on their vocabulary acquisition, so memorizing test-specific words before test day can give your score a big boost. For a list of North Coast SSAT vocab words, check the resources section of our site.