Try your hand at the SSAT and ISEE...

Try your hand at the SSAT and ISEE...

Think scoring superb percentiles on the Verbal Reasoning portion of the SSAT or ISEE is all about cramming new vocabulary words? Take our mini-quiz and see what other variables come into play (hint: traps galore!). 

After taking our quiz, reference the analysis key below to get a breakdown of what kind of preparation goes into a top score on these tests.


 

Verbal Reasoning Mini-Quiz

Questions 1-4 were selected from official SSAT tests and questions 5-8 from official ISEE tests. Follow the directions and select the correct synonym, complete the analogy, or select the word/word pair that best completes the sentence. 

1.  Choose the appropriate synonym for MAR:
planet
spoil
C  scratch
cover
injure


2.  Choose the appropriate synonym for FOUNDER:
sink
anchor
C  locator
D  stumble
fish

3.  Complete the analogy: Monarch is to migrate as
grizzly is to hibernate
king is to travel
C  salmon is to spawn
kangaroo is to range
squirrel is to climb

4.  Complete the analogy: Flax is to linen as
flour is to bread
ore is to metal
C  ice is to steam
sheep is to wool
E  lime is to cement


5.  Choose the appropriate synonym for FAMINE:
failure
provision
C  scarcity
turmoil


6.  Choose the appropriate synonym for CONSENSUS:
agreement
concoction
C  discord
gathering

7.  Every Saturday Bobby would attempt to cook an elaborate brunch, for all practical purposes ------- his parents' tiny kitchen for the morning.
affirming
exhausting
C  monopolizing
objectifying

8.  Had the lawyer been able to demonstrate the ------- of her claims and avoid ------- procedural missteps, she might have won her case.
aptitude ... beneficial
candor ... evident
C  potential ... regrettable
veracity ... humiliating

1. B  /  2. A  /  3. A  /  4. A  /  5. C  /  6. A  /  7. C  /  8. D

 

You see?  These tests are really tricky and require pattern recognition more than anything else.  Weโ€™ll keep expanding your kidsโ€™ vocabularies, but we are mostly focused on getting them to know how to navigate the ins and outs of the SSAT and ISEE.

 
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