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If you're looking for an Ann Arbor SSAT course for your student, Varsity Tutors can help you get enrolled in the best SSAT course available. The SSAT, also known as a Secondary School Admissions Test, is a standardized test used by admissions offices of various private institutions and independent schools to assess the abilities and knowledge of prospective students. Although it is not the only consideration taken into account when looking at a student application, it does provide a fair way to assess and compare different applicants. With this in mind, it makes sense for your student to take advantage of every resource possible when preparing for this test so he or she can stand apart from the crowd. An Ann Arbor SSAT course can support your student with guided practice opportunities and help increase his or her confidence on test day. If you'd like to know more about how an SSAT course can benefit your student, please continue reading.

What skills and topics can be covered in an Ann Arbor SSAT course to help my student prepare for the SSAT?

The SSAT consists of three different sections: a Quantitative assessment, a Reading assessment, and a Verbal assessment. Additionally, your student will need to complete an experimental section and a writing sample; neither of these sections will receive a score. However, your student's writing sample will be sent to any school that receives the SSAT scores. Students of different ages and grade levels will be required to take a different level SSAT. The Elementary level SSAT is for third-grade and fourth-grade students applying to fourth grade or fifth grade at an independent or private school. The Middle-Level SSAT is for students finishing fifth through seventh grade who are trying to attend an independent school for the next school year. The Upper-Level SSAT is for students in the eighth through 11th grade who are looking to apply to an independent high school for the following school year. Each level assesses age-appropriate skills. Let's take a closer look at the skills your student should review for each SSAT level.

The Elementary-Level SSAT takes just under two hours and consists of 89 questions. The Quantitative section of this exam evaluates your child's knowledge of basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Your student will also need to have mastered the concepts of place value and number order. The Verbal section will measure your student's concept of different types of analogies as well as age-appropriate vocabulary from different areas of study. The Reading section will present your child with seven passages in which your student must be able to identify the main idea and other information. The Writing sample at this level simply requires your student to write a story that is based on a provided picture and contains a beginning, middle, and end.

The Middle-Level SSAT takes almost 3 hours and has a total of 167 questions. There are two Quantitative sections at this level that assess your child's students ability to perform operations using variables as well as demonstrating knowledge of ratio and proportion. The Reading section requires your child to demonstrate his or her capacity to interpret meaning from narrative or argumentative passages. The Verbal section requires your students to showcase the ability to relate ideas and words to each other using logic as well as being able to determine the meaning of parts of speech from the context of a passage. For this level of the SSAT, your student will have 25 minutes to look at two different creative writing prompts and choose one for the basis of a story. Your student will be evaluated on their ability to organize a written piece with proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

The Upper-Level SSAT also takes just under three hours and has a total of 167 questions. At this level, there are two Quantitative sections that cover algebra, data analysis, and probability, coordinate and plane geometry, as well as number operations. The Reading section requires your student to make inferences and predictions based on a text as well as being able to understand and evaluate opinions and arguments. The Verbal section will assess your student's knowledge of Anglo-Saxon, Greek, and Latin prefixes and suffixes as well as word roots. Your student will also want to brush up on synonyms and analogies. At this level, the Writing sample provides you with two prompts, one creative and one traditional, and students must select one on which to base their essay. This is an assessment of persuasive writing techniques and being able to support a statement with examples.

Calculators are not allowed to be used during the Quantitative section at any level. At the Elementary level, there is no penalty for an incorrect answer so students should take a guess at every question. Students taking the Upper or Middle-Level SSAT will lose one-quarter of a point for incorrect answers and should only take educated guesses.

An Ann Arbor SSAT course can help your student review all of these skills and more in order to prepare to do his or her best on the SSAT.

What are the benefits of enrolling in an Ann Arbor SSAT class through Varsity Tutors?

When you sign up for an Ann Arbor SSAT class provided by Varsity Tutors, your student will be able to access live class sessions using an online learning platform. This brings the structure and socialization of a traditional classroom setting to your student's favorite place to study. You will have the option of choosing between a two-week and four-week class. New sessions begin weekly, so your student can begin SSAT classes at any time. Our classes provide the opportunity to participate in group discussions and clapboard of activities, which has been shown to help students learn the content more slowly and make learning more enjoyable. Your student also has the option of setting aside one-on-one time with the instructor if any questions arise that are unable to be answered during class time.

How do I sign up for an Ann Arbor SSAT class?

All you need to do is call Varsity Tutors and speak to one of our directors. We will walk you through the signup process. Call Varsity Tutors today and sign your student up for an exceptional Ann Arbor SSAT prep course

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