Foreword: What to Expect at an Independent School

Part I Getting Started

Chapter 1 How to Use This Book

Step 1. Learn the Format of the Test You’ll Be Taking

Step 2. Make a Study Schedule

Step 3. Study the Chapters on the Verbal, Reading, and Writing Question Types

Step 4. Study the Math Review Chapters

Step 5. Take Practice Tests

Chapter 2 SSAT and ISEE: An Overview

What Is the SSAT?

What Is the Format of the SSAT?

How Is the SSAT Scored?

What Is the ISEE?

What Is the Format of the ISEE?

How Is the ISEE Scored?

Chapter 3 Strategies for Top Scores

Study Strategies

Math Problem-Solving Strategies

General Test-Taking Strategies

Tips for Test Day

Chapter 4 Mind Maps for Mastering Key Skills

What Are Mind Maps?

How Do I Use the Mind Maps in This Book?

Mind Map 1 Synonyms

Mind Map 2 Verbal Analogies

Mind Map 3 Sentence Completion

Mind Map 4 Main Ideas

Mind Map 5 Details

Mind Map 6 Inferences

Mind Map 7 Essay Writing

Mind Map 8 Order of Operations

Mind Map 9 Factors

Mind Map 10 Fractions and Mixed Numbers

Mind Map 11 Multiples

Mind Map 12 Percents, Fractions, and Decimals

Mind Map 13 Powers

Mind Map 14 Square Roots

Mind Map 15 Measures of Central Tendency

Mind Map 16 Ratios, Rates, and Proportions

Mind Map 17 Combinations

Mind Map 18 Permutations

Mind Map 19 Probability of Events

Mind Map 20 Perimeter and Area of Plane Figures

Mind Map 21 Surface Area and Volume of Solid Figures

Mind Map 22: Mental Math • Multiply by 4 and 8

Mind Map 23: Mental Math • Divide by 4 and 8

Mind Map 24: Mental Math • Multiply with Fractions

Mind Map 25: Mental Math • Use Compatible Numbers

Part II Strategies for the Verbal, Reading, and Writing Sections

Chapter 5 Strategies for Synonym Questions

Format of Synonym Questions

Sample Synonym Question Explained

Strategies for Answering Synonym Questions

Sample Synonym Question Set Explained

On Your Own

Chapter 6 Strategies for Verbal Analogy Questions (SSAT Only)

Format of Verbal Analogy Questions

Sample Analogy Questions Explained

Common Relationships Found in Analogy Questions

How to Answer Analogy Questions

Sample Verbal Analogy Question Set Explained

On Your Own

Chapter 7 Strategies for Sentence Completion Questions (ISEE Only)

Format of Sentence Completion Questions

Sample Sentence Completion Question Explained

Strategies for Answering Sentence Completion Questions

Using Clue Words

Sample Sentence Completion Question Set Explained

On Your Own

Chapter 8 Strategies for Reading Comprehension Questions

Types of Reading Comprehension Questions

How to Answer Reading Comprehension Questions

Sample Reading Comprehension Question Set Explained

Vocabulary-in-Context Questions

On Your Own

Chapter 9 Strategies for the Writing Section

Sample SSAT Writing Prompt

Sample ISEE Writing Prompt

The Essay Writing Process: Steps for Success

Writing Process: SSAT/ISEE Essay

Tips for Writing Excellent Essays

On Your Own

Part III Review for the Math Sections

Chapter 10 The Arithmetic You Need to Know

Arithmetic on the SSAT and ISEE

Arithmetic Review

Answers to “On Your Own” Practice Sets

Chapter 11 The Algebra You Need to Know

Algebra on the SSAT and ISEE

Algebra Review

Answers to “On Your Own” Practice Sets

Chapter 12 The Geometry You Need to Know

Geometry on the SSAT and ISEE

Geometry Review

Answers to “On Your Own” Practice Sets

Chapter 13 The Data Analysis and Probability You Need to Know

Data Analysis and Probability on the SSAT and ISEE

Data Analysis Review

Probability Review

Answers to “On Your Own” Practice Sets

Chapter 14 How to Solve Word Problems

Introduction to Word Problems

How to Tackle Word Problems

Types of Arithmetic Word Problems

Answers to “On Your Own” Practice Sets

Chapter 15 How to Solve Quantitative Comparisons (ISEE Only)

Format of Quantitative Comparison Questions

Sample Quantitative Comparison Question Explained

How to Solve Quantitative Comparison Questions

Sample Quantitative Comparison Question Set Explained

On Your Own

Part IV Practice Tests for the SSAT

SSAT Practice Test I

Answer Key

Answers and Explanations

SSAT Practice Test II

Answer Key

Answers and Explanations

SSAT Practice Test III

Answer Key

Answers and Explanations

Part V Practice Tests for the ISEE

ISEE Practice Test I

(Lower Level: For Candidates for Grades 5 and 6)

Answer Key

Answers and Explanations

ISEE Practice Test II

(Middle Level: For Candidates for Grades 7 and 8)

Answer Key

Answers and Explanations

ISEE Practice Test III

(Upper Level: For Candidates for Grades 9–12)

Answer Key

Answers and Explanations