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Would studying SSAT prep books help young students prepare for SAT (Enlish section)?

shawntothekimshawntothekim Registered User Posts: 3 New Member

For young students like in grade 5, 6, or 7, SAT seems quite difficult to study.
So, I was wonderting whether it will be helpful if such younger students study middle and upper level SSAT (or ISEE) prep books (not in the way they would prepare for the test) to prepare for SAT.
I'm talking about only the English section, especially reading part.

Any advice would be aprreciated.

Replies to: Would studying SSAT prep books help young students prepare for SAT (Enlish section)?

  • tdy123tdy123 Registered User Posts: 369 Member
    @shawntothekim The three things that will most help elementary/middle school aged children do better on the English section of the SAT when they are in High School are reading, reading and reading. Did I mention reading?
  • CTScoutmomCTScoutmom Registered User Posts: 1,390 Senior Member
    Are you talking about starting prep for SAT taken later, or for gifted students testing to get into programs like CTY and Duke TIP? If the latter, SSAT will help prepare for standardized tests in general, but real practice (or released) SAT would be a better choice, because it's the same format as the test they will end up taking. Yes, the verbal questions are more advanced, but that's kind of the point if they're taking the test to qualify as gifted students.
  • shawntothekimshawntothekim Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Yes that’s so true. :)
  • shawntothekimshawntothekim Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    I’m talking about ordinary students starting prep for SAT.
    Real SAT practice tests are the best without a doubt, but I think they are too hard for grade 5-7.
    So, I was thinking SSAT might be an alternative to study reading with.
  • snowfairy137snowfairy137 Registered User Posts: 1,940 Senior Member
    edited October 2017
    I dont know how the SSAT compares with the SAT. But, SAT prep doesnt need to start till 10th grade, so its a moot point. To study reading, JUST READ. A LOT.
  • suzyQ7suzyQ7 Registered User Posts: 3,045 Senior Member
    Just have your kid read and study for his classes at school. Please don't start SAT prep in elementary or middle School. It will backfire - test fatigue.

    The SSAT is nothing like the SAT (not even close) and won't help.
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