Before we tackle strategies for the SSAT Verbal section, it is important to understand how this portion of the exam is structured. The SSAT Verbal section is divided into two parts. The first part is “Synonyms” for which students must select the word that most closely matches the meaning of the given word. The second part, “Analogies,” asks students to identify and replicate relationships between different words.
How do I improve my SSAT verbal score?
To succeed in this section of the SSAT, a broad vocabulary base is absolutely crucial. This is obviously true for the Synonyms section but is equally applicable to the Analogies section. Many students are adept at identifying the deeper meanings behind analogies but ultimately get a poor score due to their limited foundation in vocabulary. Additionally, expanding your vocabulary knowledge can improve your score in the SSAT Reading Section and prepare you for other exams like the ISEE, SAT, or ACT.
What are some tips on improving my SSAT verbal score?
Expanding your vocabulary takes more than just rote memorization. One of the best ways to learn vocabulary is by making flashcards. Flashcards engage your brain and force you to think about the word as you write the definition. They also serve as a useful study tool after they’re created. However, retaining SSAT vocabulary in the long term requires constant practice and exposure. As a result, you should try to incorporate new vocabulary into your writing or daily speech. This will help you to retain words in the long term and improve your daily language competency. And it’s always useful to learn new vocabulary with a friend. Try to find someone else studying for the SSAT, ISEE, SAT, or ACT and quiz each other on different words.
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