Five Great Classics to Read Before You Write the SSAT! | Ruth Rumack’s Learning Space
Reading the classics is a great way to brush up on vocabulary that may appear on the SSAT. We also recommend reading the classics to become more familiar with this style of turn-of-the-century writing, which appears frequently on the SSAT in the fiction section of the Reading Comprehension Section.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
The Strange Case, first published in 1886, follows Gabriel John Utterson as he tries to figure out who Mr. Hyde really is. We love it because it’s a quick read, beautifully written, and makes us think about the eternal and internal battle between good and evil.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was first published in 1865, and it tells the story of a young girl who falls down a rabbit hole into a strange new world. We love this book because it plays with language and imagination, and it has been remade and recreated numerous times since then.
Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock Holmes’ legacy began in 1887 with the novel A Study in Scarlet, and he has since appeared in numerous films, short stories, and plays. These are the ideal books to read if you enjoy solving mysteries.
Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
Little Women was first published in 1868 and follows the lives of four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy as they grow up during the American Civil War. We love this book because it helps us understand life as a girl in the nineteenth century.
The Story of My Life – Helen Keller
Helen Keller’s autobiography, The Story of My Life, was published in 1903, and Anne Sullivan assisted Helen Keller in learning how to express herself without using traditional language. Want more tips on how to study for the SSATs? RRLS has an SSAT workbook with helpful tips and test-taking strategies.
How can I improve my SSAT reading comprehension?
Reading Strategies for the SSAT
- Think of Your Own Answer First.
- Eliminate Extreme Answers.
- Main Idea Strategy.
- Tone Strategy.
- Vocabulary in Context Strategy.
Which is the best book for reading comprehension?
10 ESSENTIAL READS to help you understand what you’re reading
- Understanding Reading Development.
- Bringing Words to Life: Robust Vocabulary Instruction.
- Ending the Reading Wars: Reading Acquisition From Novice to Expert.
- Understanding Reading Development.
What should I study for the SSAT?
After you’ve taken your first diagnostic exam for each section, set a goal SSAT score for each section, and then set smaller, individual goals to help you reach that goal score throughout your practice.
How many reading passages are on the SSAT?
The SSAT Reading section lasts 40 minutes and consists of 40 questions drawn from approximately 7 reading passages that assess a student’s ability to read and comprehend what he or she has read.
How do I do well on SSAT?
10 Tips for Getting the Best Score on the SSAT
- Read a lot!
- If you know you’re weak in a particular subject, get help before the test.
- Be prepared.
- Get a good night’s sleep.
- Be on time for your test.
How do you master SSAT?
Study Tips for the SSAT Verbal Section
- Prioritize learning word roots, prefixes, and suffixes
- we’ve already discussed how important it is to apply your knowledge of word roots, prefixes, and suffixes to unfamiliar words on Synonym and Analogy questions.
- Make flashcards.
- Don’t try to memorize 500 words at once.
How can students improve their reading comprehension?
6 Ways to Boost Your Reading Comprehension
- Provide books at the appropriate level.
- Reread to improve fluency.
- Talk to the teacher.
- Supplement their class reading.
- Discuss what they’re reading.
What are the 3 main type of reading strategies?
Academic texts can be read in three different ways: skimming, scanning, and in-depth reading.
What are the 5 reading comprehension strategies?
The High 5 Reading Strategy is made up of five different strategies.
- Analyzing text structure.
- Analyzing text
How difficult is the SSAT?
While the test is designed to be of “middle difficulty,” you will be judged against a very competitive group of studentsu2014these are the top students applying to the best independent schools.
Is SSAT harder than SAT?
The SAT is significantly more difficult than the SSAT, and each test has a section that does not appear on the other (grammar/writing in the SAT and vocab/analogies in the SSAT). If you use SAT materials to prepare for the SSAT, you will end up learning extra math topics.
Is 2200 a good SSAT score?
A: The median total score for the Upper Level SSAT has been reported to be around 1980 (out of 2400), with a score of 2100 placing you in the top quartile of all test takers, and scores of 2180 and 2240 placing you in the top 10% and top 5%, respectively.
What is a good SSAT score?
You will achieve the u201cmedianu201d SSAT score for that test if you score in the 50th percentile on any SSAT section, and you will perform better than the median if you score higher than the 50th percentile.
Can you use a calculator in the SSAT?
The quantitative (mathematics) section of the Upper Level SSAT assesses your understanding of algebra, geometry, and other quantitative concepts; a calculator is not required or permitted.