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December 11 SSAT

heps1996heps1996 Registered User Posts: 338 Member
edited January 2011 in Prep School Admissions
How did it go??

I was pleasantly surprised by how easy the math was compared to the practice tests. But, I found the reading to be strangely difficult. I think I did pretty well though.

Scores will be posted when they come out :)
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Replies to: December 11 SSAT

  • CTPeruvian97CTPeruvian97 Registered User Posts: 113 Junior Member
    I took it I think it went well and I did notice that the math was easier than it was on the practice tests and the reading was kind of hard, I guess.
  • heps1996heps1996 Registered User Posts: 338 Member
    BTW, how many questions did you guys omit in total? I omitted 2 questions but now I think I maybe should have left a few more blank since there were some I wasn't sure of.

    The suspense is killing mee
  • smelltherosessmelltheroses Registered User Posts: 57 Junior Member
    I took it today too. I did well on math and verbal, but was surprised at how hard the reading comp. was for me. Oh well. I'm trying not to think about it until scores come--I'm sooooo nervous!
  • beatlesforeverbeatlesforever Registered User Posts: 196 Junior Member
    I agree...especially the second section of math was very easy. I'm glad about that because I was pretty nervous for the math part since I'm usually slow. The vocabulary also was not as difficult as expected. As for the reading comprehension, it was a lot harder than expected. Did anyone else find the two poetry (esp. the second one) to be difficult?
    Oh, and the essay was easy too, thankfully. Not that much space to write it however.

    The suspense is killing me! But I think I did moderately well.
  • heps1996heps1996 Registered User Posts: 338 Member
    I was mad because there were 3 poems in total, and while I like poetry, I never have anything intelligent to say about it lol :P

    I'm thanking myself for studying vocab~ I think I got most of the questions right (although I know for a fact now that I got "emphatic" wrong... narrowed it down to "forceful" and "precise" and I picked precise. fail)

    Did anyone get that "sprinkle is to drops as..." analogy? I think I picked "scatter is to particles". It made more sense than "bloom is to flowers" and "tinkle is to bells" anyway. "waiter is to chef" was also confusing... none of the answer choices sounded quite right. But other than that, verbal was pretty good.
  • kikithefishkikithefish Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    Extremely easy SSAT. The October one I found to be difficult, the November to be moderate and this one easier than all practice tests. For example the last synonym was stealthily and the right answer was furtive. The reading comp, is usually my best subject and will continue to be throughout this I believe. The hardest passage was the medley of poems. After reading the question enough, I found the right answer. The math, usually my worst subject was exceptionally easy, and after studying from the Peterson UL SSAT book, made it even easier. The November one which I thought was moderate, I got mid 80's, this one I hope and think I got 90's
  • swissbritswissbrit Registered User Posts: 1,026 Senior Member
    The essay was easy, the math was easy, the reading comprehension went fairly well. However, the vocab didn't go to well. I'll just have to wait and see.
  • PrepschoolseekerPrepschoolseeker Registered User Posts: 100 Junior Member
    Essay was cake.The Math and Verbal were a breeze. Overall, I left only a few ommitted. The reading was much harder then I expected, and definitely more treacherous than last year's december ssat.
  • rolopolorolopolo Registered User Posts: 54 Junior Member
    I took the SSATs today, too. The math was so much easier than on the practice test :D, and the reading comprehension was a breeze for me. That said, reading comprehension has always been my strongest skills lie. Vocab was just ok, but whenever I took a practice test I would always be nervous, and then I would get a fairly good score (praying that this was the case).
    I'm sad about my essay though. I took the SSAT next to five of my friends, and at the break we compared prompts -- all of my friends seemed to have cliche sayings frequently discussed in any literature class, but mine was a really challenging thing to draw current and historical events to.
    Can't wait to get my scores back! Does anyone know how far in advance the emailed scores are released in comparison to the ones that are sent via snail mail?
  • DiveAliveDiveAlive Registered User Posts: 1,734 Senior Member
    math was super easy (both sections) and vocab was easy too (except i missed atonement... darn), but i omitted 2 analogies-- one about a is to b as dauber is to c (no clue what dauber meant), and something else that i had no clue about.

    reading comprehension.... that's another story. oh dear. i guessed (after narrowing it down to 2) on so many of those questions! esp the poetry passage & the one about the tornado.. yikes. i wouldn't be surprised if i got like negative 28457384 percentile on that section :-(
    overall, everything was peachy except for reading comprehension, i think that screwed me over :$

    do you guys know when the scores will be mailed back to us?
  • pulsarpulsar - Posts: 1,266 Senior Member
    SSAT officials probably saw the Oct and Nov SSAT threads where many claimed the tests were super easy and everyone was scoring in the upper 90s. Looks like they took corrective measures. :D
  • DiveAliveDiveAlive Registered User Posts: 1,734 Senior Member
    I heard that the November test wasn't that easy.

    The math was actually incredibly easy, like it should have been lower level (the second part had like 5 trick questions though, near the end). Vocab + analogies were reasonably easy, but vocab is usually my strength..
    They made up for it with the reading comp, though. Brutal-- at least in my opinion, sounds like others did perfectly fine
  • jerryepsjerryeps Registered User Posts: 146 Junior Member
    Math: Piece of cake
    Verbal: A bit hard for me >:(
    Reading: Macbeth, really?!?

    Time management was my weak spot. I had like 18 questions when the 10 minute warning was sounded in reading. >:(
  • SevenDadSevenDad Registered User Posts: 3,917 Senior Member
    With the reading, if you get one wrong, you just kissed an 800 goodbye. Don't know what happens if you skip one and get all others correct. Other sections are much more forgiving.
  • neatoburritoneatoburrito Registered User Posts: 3,449 Senior Member
    7Dad, I've even heard of kids getting all of the reading correct and getting something crazy like a 785. Sometimes, I guess the best just isn't good enough!
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