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# McGraw-Hill's SSAT/ISEE (5th Edition)

## McGraw-Hill's SSAT/ISEE (5th Edition)

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This popular private-school entrance exam guide—updated to align with the most recent tests

This go-to prep guide has everything your child needs to take his or her private school entrance exam with knowledge and confidence. With practice tests and comprehensive review material, SSAT/ISEE, Fifth Edition provides step-by-step review of all topics covered on the two exams—from synonyms and writing to math, data analysis, probability, and more.

This new edition includes:
• The most up-to-date information on the SSAT and ISEE
• Complete coverage of the Middle and Upper levels (grades 6-8 and 9-12) of the SSAT and the Lower, Middle, and Upper levels (grades 5-6, 7-8, and 9-12) of the ISEE
• 6 full-length sample tests--three practice SSATs and three practice ISEEs—with complete explanations in the answer keys
• A step-by-step review of all topics covered on the two exams, including synonyms, writing, arithmetic, data analysis, probability, and more
• Score-raising strategies for verbal analogies, sentence completions, and quantitative comparisons
• 25 Mind Maps—engaging graphics that help students visualize the problem-solving process

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
Sample Synonym Question Set Explained
Chapter 6 Strategies for Verbal Analogy Questions (SSAT Only)
Format of Verbal Analogy Questions
Sample Analogy Questions Explained
Common Relationships Found in Analogy Questions
Sample Verbal Analogy Question Set Explained
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
Chapter 8 Strategies for Reading Comprehension Questions
Sample Reading Comprehension Question Set Explained
Vocabulary-in-Context Questions
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

Part III Review for the Math Sections
Chapter 10 The Arithmetic You Need to Know
Arithmetic on the SSAT and ISEE
Arithmetic Review
Chapter 11 The Algebra You Need to Know
Algebra on the SSAT and ISEE
Algebra Review
Chapter 12 The Geometry You Need to Know
Geometry on the SSAT and ISEE
Geometry Review
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
Chapter 14 How to Solve Word Problems
Introduction to Word Problems
How to Tackle Word Problems
Types of Arithmetic Word Problems
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

Part IV Practice Tests for the SSAT
SSAT Practice Test I
SSAT Practice Test II
SSAT Practice Test III

Part V Practice Tests for the ISEE
ISEE Practice Test I
(Lower Level: For Candidates for Grades 5 and 6)
ISEE Practice Test II
(Middle Level: For Candidates for Grades 7 and 8)