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SSAT and ISEE: How to Do Your Best on Test Day

Part of the SSAT & ISEE For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Naturally, you want to do your best on the SSAT and ISEE, so how can you make sure your performance shines on test day? Here are a few quick tips to keep in mind:

  • Take advantage of practice questions and practice exams on the SSAT and ISEE websites. The more you practice, the better prepared you'll be for the actual test.

  • On test day, listen to all directions and make sure you read all directions on the exam. Nothing is worse than doing the wrong thing because you didn't heed the directions.

  • Watch your time. Both the SSAT and ISEE are timed exams with each section having a certain number of questions and a time limit. Use practice exams to practice taking the test sections within the time limit allowed; doing so helps you get used to the time limit pressure.

  • Read the questions carefully and check all answer choices before you make a decision. Many questions ask you to choose the best answer, so be sure to check out all the answer choices before you bubble one in on the answer sheet.

  • Answer every question you can, but if you just don't know the answer to a question at all, skip it and move on. Don't waste time on questions you can't answer.

  • Use the process of elimination. For every question, you're given a few answer choices but only one of them is correct. Try to rule out answers you know are wrong. Doing so greatly increases your odds of answering the question correctly, even if you're not sure of the answer.

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