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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 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 minute

SSAT Synonyms

The SSAT utilizes synonyms as a means of assessing a student’s vocabulary, as synonyms do not necessarily have the same exact meaning, thus allowing students to discern between words with slightly different definitions. This improves both precision of speech and writing as well as the comprehension of nuances in the speech and writing of others.

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, a student must determine the relationship between two concepts, using 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 demonstrate an understanding of word definitions, variations, and relationships.

Here are several different types of analogies:

Analogy Type Example
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

SSAT Practice Test

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