This is the second of four (4) videos focused on helping young students and their parents understand the basics of the SSAT test. What is the SSAT you ask? See the first SSAT video focused on 5th & 6th graders for the answer So here we go….SSAT Test Prep for 7th Graders:
SSAT Test Prep for 7th Graders (transcript)
Parents of 7th Graders, welcome!
First bit of advice is this — relax, don’t stress out about the test. If you get anxious about the test, your child’s going to pick up on that and they’re going to get anxious too. Downplay the importance of the test. It’s not a big deal - it’s not going to make or break them in the admissions process. They should just go in and do the best they can. You’re going to love them regardless of how they do and it’s all going to be good in the end!
The thing that I want to make very clear to the parents of 7th graders is this: You’re child will be taking the lower level test and that test has been designed to challenge 5th, 6th, and 7th graders. Because a lot of the questions are geared towards 5th and 6th graders, your child is likely to blow through the beginning part of each section. Not until the very end of the section will they get problems that challenge them in any way.
So what happens is this, they’re going to blow through the beginning so fast that they’re going to have a lot of time towards the end of the test. This is what I’ve seen especially of a lot of 7th graders: They go in and they blow through the beginning of the SSAT. Then they have a handful of problems to do at the end with plenty of time. Once they get through those problems they have to skip some, they get others, and what they do is that they find themselves with 5 or 10 minutes left on their hands with not a whole lot left to do. Instead of putting their head down and relaxing and getting ready for the next section, a lot of kids make the mistake of going back to problems in the beginning! They’ve done well but end up kind of rethinking, tinkering, and second guessing themselves, so they wind up changing right answers to wrong answers and ultimately lowering their score.
So make sure you make it clear to your child, who’s a 7th grader, that they may feel the luxury of time on the SSAT. If they have a 5 or 10 minute period at the end with not a whole lot to do, instead of going back and changing a lot of answers and winding up with a lower score, they should probably just let it go. Put their head down, relax, and get ready for the next section. That’s the way they can maximize their score.
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