If your student is considering taking the SSAT, it may be helpful to contact Varsity Tutors and enroll your student in a Cleveland SSAT class. The SSAT is a standardized test that is used by many private and independent schools as a part of their admissions process. The test is designed to measure a student's verbal, math, and reading skills. All of these skills are considered predictors as to whether a student will perform well in a private or independent school. As such, if you want your student to attend a private or independent school, they may need to perform well on the SSAT to boost their chances.
The SSAT is divided into three different levels based on grade level, which includes an Elementary, Middle, and Upper Level. The three levels are similar in some regards. One similarity is that they all feature the same four sections, including Writing, Quantitative, Verbal, and Reading. Additionally, students are not allowed to use a calculator on the Quantitative section on any of the three levels. Finally, the Writing Sample is not graded on any of the three levels. However, it is still a good idea for your student to do their best on this section because it will be submitted to any school they apply to.
In terms of differences, the Elementary Level test has 89 questions, while the Upper and Middle Level tests have 167 questions. Additionally, the material on the different levels varies based on the age group taking the test. One of the biggest differences between the different levels is the way that they're scored. On the Middle and Upper Levels, it is not a good idea for students to guess because they will lose one-quarter of a point for each question they answer incorrectly. However, they will not lose points for leaving a question blank. On the Elementary Level tests, students can feel free to guess if they're not sure about an answer because they won't be penalized for answering questions incorrectly.
What can a Cleveland SSAT class help my student review?
There are many different areas where a Cleveland SSAT class can help your student review. One area where an instructor can help is with the Quantitative Section on the Elementary Level test, which contains 30 questions. Students are given 30 minutes to complete the section, which is focused on basic math skills. It specifically covers probability, measurement, and number sense, among other topics. It may be helpful for your student to be comfortable with division, multiplication, subtraction, and addition for this section of the test.
The Quantitative Section on the Middle and Upper Levels of the test also covers math-related topics, but they contain 50 questions and students will be given 60 minutes to finish it. In terms of topics, both sections cover algebra, arithmetic, and geometry. The main difference between the two levels is that the Middle Level is more focused on mean, median, and range while the Upper Level is more focused on word problems and graphing skills.
The Verbal Section of the Elementary Level test contains 30 questions and students have 30 minutes to finish it. This section focuses on English. It specifically examines students' ability to understand the English language and how well they understand the relationship between different words. It may be helpful for students to have a firm grasp on vocabulary words across a variety of different subject areas for this section.
The Verbal Section on the Upper and Middle Level tests also focus on English, but they contain 60 questions that students are given 30 minutes to finish. This section primarily focuses on analogies and synonyms with the main difference between the levels being that the Upper Level places more of an emphasis on prefixes and suffixes.
The Reading Section on the Elementary Level test is concerned with reading comprehension and it contains 28 questions that students will have 30 minutes to finish. This section requires students to read through passages and answer questions in which identify the main idea of the passage and determine the meaning of words based on context.
The Reading Section on the Middle and Upper Level tests also covers reading comprehension, but they contain 40 questions that students are given 40 minutes to complete. This section requires students to read through both narrative and argumentative passages. In order to do well on this section, it may be useful for students to be able to understand and evaluate arguments and opinions.
Finally, the Writing Sample section on the Elementary Level test has students write a story based on a picture that is provided on the test. The story must have a beginning, middle, and end and students are being tested on their ability to organize a story. The Upper and Middle Level tests have students choose between two different writing prompts for this section. The Middle Level has them choose between two different creative prompts while the Upper Level test gives students the option between a creative and narrative essay.
How can a Cleveland SSAT course help my student prepare?
A Cleveland SSAT course is designed to be as similar as possible to a regular classroom experience. As such, your student will be working with an instructor and other students. Working with an instructor can be helpful because they can help guide your student through the material they may need to know for the test. Working with other students could prove valuable because it offers your student the chance to participate in group activities and group discussions.
How can I find a Cleveland SSAT prep course for my student?
Finding a Cleveland SSAT prep course is as simple as contacting Varsity Tutors either online or over the phone. You can enroll your student in either a two-week or four-week course based on your student's needs. One of the benefits of enrolling your student in a Cleveland SSAT prep course is that your student can take the course online. As such, you won't need to drive them to yet another activity because they can simply take the course online at your house.
Peter: Cleveland SSAT course instructor
...range of environments, along with 3 years tutoring experience. I have current teaching licenses in both Ohio and Maryland for grades 7-12 mathematics, although I am eager to expand my tutoring horizons! I have helped students succeed in math from Algebra 1 through Calculus, though I would be ready and willing to work on subjects from pre-algebra through Calculus 3 (and a bit beyond). I have also helped students preparing for the SAT, ACT, LSAT,...
Jeanne: Cleveland SSAT course instructor
...for a year at the Cleveland State Writing Center, where I helped college students improve their writing skills. I love tutoring in all its forms, but I am particularly passionate about ACT/SAT prep, writing, and high school math. Writing has always been a passion of mine, and I feel like it is applicable to so many parts of life. It is also so fulfilling to see a student improve on the ACT/SAT, making measurable changes...
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- Case Western Reserve University - Bachelor in Arts, Sociology
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Tiffany: Cleveland SSAT course instructor
...them to focus on their individual strengths while learning to work cooperatively with others. Student achievement is promoted when the students are interested and their passion for learning is ignited. They then need to have a solid base upon which to build their knowledge; hence, a strong foundation in the content area is necessary. In order to encourage students to continue to grow one must continually motivate them by focusing on their successes and their...
Katie: Cleveland SSAT course instructor
Hello! I'm Katie and I currently teach second grade, and absolutely love it! I have two teaching licenses in both Wisconsin and Ohio, and am licensed to teach grades preschool through eighth grade. I have also taught fourth and fifth grade, and have experience with tutoring middle school students as well as introductory math courses to college students.
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- University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh - Bachelor of Education, Elementary School Teaching
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Stephanie: Cleveland SSAT course instructor
...children deserve a right to have an education that is catered to them. I want to see all children succeed in learning. By creating a safe and fun learning environment students are able to one be comfortable with learning but also to enjoy learning. By creating fun and creative ways for students to learn you are able to achieve this. I have always loved working with students and want to see them love learning.... My philosophy is that all students deserve a differentiated instructional approach. All students should be learning their strengths and building upon those. All students do not learn the same and it is important that you are teaching to the student.
Courtney: Cleveland SSAT course instructor
...will show my commitment to children and my knowledge in differentiating instruction, and demonstrating my communication skills. Being highly adaptable and versatile educator I have enjoyed working with children with ADHD, Autism, Emotionally Disabled, Physically Handicapped, Speech Impairment, and Learning Disability. These experiences have helped me develop into a well-round and compassionate individual who takes each child unique goals, needs, and interest into account to modify and accommodated their activities. During my student teaching I...
DJ: Cleveland SSAT course instructor
...to helping the world, it was not surprising that I tutored my own students frequently, developed ways to help them through state and standardized tests in my classroom, and always loved it. For adolescents, I find that reclaiming their academic experiences through reflection was just as important on drilling them in the facts when it came to ACT, SAT, and AP preparation. A few opportunities to help the parents of my students reinvigorated me as...
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Lisa: Cleveland SSAT course instructor
...the individualized attention I am able to give my students in a tutoring setting. We accomplish goals much quicker when lessons can be personalized. I also work at the collegiate level as a writing and reading tutor. I also have experience as an elementary teacher for many grade levels. It is fulfilling to work with both college level and school age students. I specialize in the unique learning styles of the homeschool community.... Teaching should be performed in a style that is engaging and accurate with the goal of mastery, not simply obtaining a high test score.
Vanessa: Cleveland SSAT course instructor
...also obtained a master's degree in Educational Studies with a minor in History from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in English from Cleveland State University. Along with my educational degrees, I am certified to teach 7-12 English and History. I have enjoyed a varied career in education working as an adjunct professor, substitute teacher, and tutor. I have worked with a diverse group of students from k-12 and adult learners as well...