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SSAT Verbal Section Explained

The SSAT Verbal section is one of the four subjects assessed on the SSAT. This section consists of two parts: synonyms and analogies. Read on to learn more about the SSAT Verbal section.
 
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About the SSAT Verbal

The SSAT Verbal section has both an analogy section and a synonym section. The synonym section assesses one’s strength in vocabulary, while the the analogy section is used to assess one’s ability to logically relate different ideas to one another. Together, the SSAT vocabulary and analogy sections test one’s understanding of language and nuances in word definitions.

  • The SSAT Elementary Verbal section is made up of 30 questions to be completed in 20 minutes
  • The SSAT Middle and Upper Verbal section is made up of 60 questions (30 synonyms and 30 analogies) to be completed in 30 minutes

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SSAT Synonyms

The SSAT utilizes synonyms as a means to assess a student’s vocabulary, as synonyms are words that have a similar (or the same) meaning as another word (i.e., happy and joyful are synonymous). Synonyms do not necessarily have the same exact meaning, thus allowing students to discern between words with slightly different definitions. This improves precision of speech and writing as well as the comprehension of nuances in the speech and writing of others.

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SSAT Analogies

Analogies are used on the SSAT Verbal section to assess a student’s ability to logically relate different ideas to one another. In an analogy question, one must determine the relationship of two things based on prior knowledge. Such comparisons improve problem solving, decision-making, perception, memory, communication, and reasoning skills as well as reading and vocabulary. Through analogies, students learn to actively process information and improve long-term memory and comprehension. Analogies stimulate both creative and critical thinking, and they require students to exhibit that they understand the definitions of the words, how they differ, and the relationships between the words.

Here are several different types of analogies:

Analogy TypeExample
Antonyms/Opposites Hot : cold :: night : day
Synonyms Happy : joyful :: cold : chilly
Characteristic Ice cream : cold :: soup : hot
Part to Whole Screen : computer :: wheel : car
Uses Chair : sit :: bed : sleep
Users Pencil : student :: chalk : teacher
Product to Producer Book : author :: bread : baker
Degree Fantastic : good :: miniature : small
Homonyms There : their :: two : too

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