The SSAT is a standardized test that assesses a student’s skills in three core areas: Quantitative, Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, and Essay (optional). Also, there is a wrong answer penalty on the SSAT.

One of the most challenging sections for SSAT test-takers is the Verbal section and for a good reason! With 30 Synonyms and 30 Analogy questions, the Verbal section requires a strong vocabulary and solid reasoning skills.

What to Expect for the SSAT Verbal Section?

  • 60 questions
  • Five answer choices
  • 30 synonyms
  • 30 analogies (i.e., comparison of two things.)

All within a 30-minute time limit!

Why Do Students Fight in SSAT Verbal Section?

  • Both the synonym and the analogy type question in the SSAT’s Verbal section requires an above-grade-level vocabulary.
  • Furthermore, students do not often come across analogies at school. 

How to Master for the SSAT Verbal Section?

  • Boost Test-taking Strategy.
  • Study Prefixes, Suffixes, and Root Words.
  • Use a variety of methods to help your child study vocabulary.
  • The student should become familiar with analogy types.
  • The most important aspect of test preparation is to have a study plan.


  • Beginning Prep Early Enough.
  • Don’t frustration over scores
  • Taking full-length practice tests is essential to boosting your mental endurance.
  • Don’t study through memorization.

You can also see how quickly you can unravel like this. Before you know it, you’re scoring way worse than you ever did on a practice test.

So, to Prepare smartly for the SSAT, download our free e-book “Smart and effective way SSAT prep”.

If you already know about SSAT and preparing for the upcoming SSAT test, then check the Socrato YouTube channel for Practice Test scoring.

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