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SSAT and ISEE For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-20644-7
504 pages
February 2012
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Your ticket to the private school of your choice

The Secondary School Aptitude Test (SSAT) and Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) are the two most common standardized aptitude tests used in American private secondary schools. If you're a parent or student looking to apply for admissions at a private, military, or boarding school, SSAT & ISEE For Dummies is your family's ticket to success.

Here, you'll get all the prep needed to score higher on the SSAT and ISEE exams, the most up-to-date information on the tests, hundreds of practice questions, thorough test-specific math and verbal workouts, six full-length practice tests (all with detailed answer explanations), and solid test-taking advice.

  • Correctly answer difficult analogy and synonym questions without knowing what all the words mean
  • Ace the math section by eliminating answers that are planted to fool test takers
  • Apply the proven For Dummies step-by-step approach to combat the essay portion
  • Analyze difficult passages using tips and tricks in the reading comprehension section
  • Learn the most common vocabulary words tested on the SSAT and ISEE with an entire chapter devoted to vocabulary terms
  • State-by-state "Private Schools at-a-Glance" chart with data on more than 1,000 private secondary schools

SSAT & ISEE For Dummies provides students with the resources they need for test day preparation and gives parents sound, expert advice on selecting, applying, and paying for private school.

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Introduction 1

Part I: Paving the Way to Private School: Introducing the SSAT and ISEE 5

Chapter 1: Getting to Know the SSAT and ISEE 7

Chapter 2: Picking Up Study Skills and Techniques for Testing Success 19

Part II: Ramping Up for the Verbal, Reading, and Essay Sections 25

Chapter 3: Defining Your Vocabulary Skills 27

Chapter 4: Talking Up Verbal Reasoning 41

Chapter 5: Practicing Verbal Reasoning 53

Chapter 6: Comprehending Reading Comprehension 75

Chapter 7: Practicing Reading Comprehension 87

Chapter 8: Writing a Winning Essay 101

Chapter 9: Practicing Writing Essays 111

Part III: Tackling the Math Sections 117

Chapter 10: Adding Up Arithmetic 119

Chapter 11: Practicing Arithmetic 133

Chapter 12: Acing Algebra 147

Chapter 13: Practicing Algebra 159

Chapter 14: Jamming with Geometry 173

Chapter 15: Practicing Geometry 187

Chapter 16: Cracking Word Problems and Quantitative Comparisons 205

Part IV: SSAT Practice Exams 213

Chapter 17: SSAT Upper Level Practice Exam 215

Chapter 18: Answers to SSAT Upper Level Practice Exam 243

Chapter 19: SSAT Lower Level Practice Exam 1 255

Chapter 20: Answers to SSAT Lower Level Practice Exam 1 283

Chapter 21: SSAT Lower Level Practice Exam 2 295

Chapter 22: Answers to SSAT Lower Level Practice Exam 2 323

Part V: ISEE Practice Exams337

Chapter 23: ISEE Upper Level Practice Exam 339

Chapter 24: Answers to ISEE Upper Level Practice Exam 371

Chapter 25: ISEE Middle Level Practice Exam 387

Chapter 26: Answers to ISEE Middle Level Practice Exam 419

Chapter 27: ISEE Lower Level Practice Exam 431

Chapter 28: Answers to ISEE Lower Level Practice Exam 457

Part VI: The Part of Tens 469

Chapter 29: Ten Tips for Test Day 471

Chapter 30: Ten Ways to Calm Your Nerves 475

Index 479

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Vince Kotchian is an elite test-prep tutor and admissions consultant who has helped hundreds of students get into the schools of their choice. Curt Simmons is a professional educator and freelance writer who has authored several test-prep titles on a variety of topics, including many For Dummies titles.

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