Inspirica’s Approach ToSSAT Test Preparation
Inspirica was the first tutoring firm in the world to prepare students for the SSAT more than 30 years ago. In those three decades, we have seen each type of question and every variation of question type. We have created our own proprietary test strategies using our vast knowledge of the test. Additionally, on a pedagogical and psychological level, we have worked with every type of student, and we will know how best to inspire and motivate your child to achieve his or her personal best score on the SSAT.
One of the keys to our success with this exam is our upfront understanding that students taking the SSAT are younger than those who take the SAT or ACT. It is likely that they have never taken a standardized test before, so it’s critical that we match the right tutor to each student and customize our curriculum to build confidence and to relieve anxiety and stress. Furthermore, we understand that if a child has a positive experience preparing for the SSAT, the stage is set for future success with college admissions tests such as the SAT or ACT.
Our approach is, of course, personalized. Each tutor uses the initial diagnostic to craft an individualized course of action focusing primarily on shoring up strengths and giving most attention to areas that need strengthening. Our preparation has both a strategic and a psychological component because scoring well means going into the test with both a mastery of the material and an attitude of confidence and success.
As a parent, you are critically important to the process as well. Your Educational Consultant will regularly communicate with you via progress reports, answering your questions and letting you know how you might be able to help. You are one of the most important members of the team that includes your tutor, your Educational Consultant, the Inspirica staff—and, of course, your child! All of us together share the singular goal of having your child reach his or her personal best on test day, when we can all breathe a sigh of relief and celebrate!
Frequently Asked Questions
SSAT Test Preparation 101
The Secondary School Admission Test—known as the SSAT—is an admissions test used by boarding and independent secondary schools to evaluate applicants. The exam has three levels: lower level (grades 3 and 4), middle level (grades 5–7), and upper level (grades 8–11). Though there are slight content variations between the various levels, the areas covered on each test are math, reading comprehension, and verbal reasoning. The SSAT is administered once each month in from October to January, and can be taken as many times as a student wishes. Though most students will have taken state assessments covering math and reading content prior to taking the SSAT, the SSAT will almost certainly be more difficult. Where most state tests seek to measure proficiency, the SSAT aims for mastery. Students are expected to miss questions and must show judgement and time management to determine which questions merit the investment of time and effort. The SSAT utilizes a penalty for guessing that punishes incorrect answers more harshly than questions left blank. This means that even excellent students who do not struggle with the content can be tripped up by the more tactical side of the test. Careful game planning and a cool head are paramount for success on the SSAT. An Inspirica tutor can help students not only shore up areas of content-related difficulty but also construct a precise strategy to attain the best possible score.