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Episode #139, Common Analogy Relationships on the SSAT

SSAT Instructor Terri shows you how to recognize some common analogy relationships that will help you solve analogies on the SSAT.

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October 19th, 2016
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Common Analogy Relationships on the SSAT

SSAT Instructor Terri shows you how to recognize some common analogy relationships that will help you solve analogies on the SSAT.

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October 18th, 2016
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Episode 137, Applying the Michael Phelps Philosophy to SSAT Analogies

SSAT Instructor Terri shows you how to prepare for the SSAT analogies, just like Michael Phelps prepared for the 2016 Summer Olympics

Episode 137, Applying the Michael Phelps Philosophy to SSAT Analogies

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October 5th, 2016
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Applying the Michael Phelps Philosophy to SSAT Analogies

SSAT Instructor Terri shows you how to prepare for the SSAT analogies, just like Michael Phelps prepared for the 2016 Summer Olympics

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September 27th, 2016
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How to Tackle SSAT Analogy Questions When You Don’t Know a Stem Word

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SSAT Instructor Terri of Prepped & Polished, LLC in South Natick, Massachusetts teaches you how use key strategies when answering tricky analogy questions.

 

  1. Use the answer choices to wor backwards
  2. Test the relationships on the stem words
  3. Pick answer choices whose relationship seems to work best

 

 

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March 25th, 2014
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Mastering SSAT Analogies

Alexis Avila Founder/President of Prepped & Polished teaches you a key technique for mastering the analogy portion of the SSAT test.
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First connect the stem words with a concise, meaningful, dictionary-style definition, and then apply this definition to the answer choices.

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Hi, everyone, Alexis Avila, founder of Prep & Polished, LLC, here in
Boston, Massachusetts. Now, the trickiest section on the secondary school
admission test has got to be the analogy section, but with some help
learning some tips and strategies, you can easily make the analogies
section your best section.

Now, here’s the master strategy to doing really well on these analogy
questions. Now, you want to find a bridge between the two stem words by
creating a sentence that is concise and meaningful, that defines one word
in terms of the other, similar to a dictionary definition, and that is
illustrated and visual.

Okay. Let’s try this example. Now, this is a classic analogy, where there
is a clear connection between these two stem words, and you have to be a
detective and find out what that connection is. So this is an example of
not a very good connection. If you were to say, “A trunk is part of an
automobile,” what you’re going to do is apply “part” to all of your answer
choices and see how many choices you can eliminate. Now, is grass a part of
a lawn? Yes, it is, so you have to keep it. Is a button part of a
calculator? Yes, it is. Is paper part of a pen? Okay. Well, we’re able to
eliminate at least one choice. Is a closet part of a house? Sort of. You
have to keep it, but it’s not very good. Is a toe part of a body? Yes, it
is. But do you see how you left four choices open? That’s a reflection on a
bad sentence that you created between your stem words, so what you have to
do is refine your bridge, and you have to really think of one word in terms
of another as if you’re looking at a dictionary, and you look up the word
“trunk,” and it’ll say something about an automobile. You’ve got to think
like a dictionary.

Now, a better sentence would be to say, “A trunk, as a function, stores
things in an automobile.” So we’re going to use the word “stores.” It’s
concise. It’s meaningful. It’s a dictionary definition between the two
words. Now you’re going to see exactly what happens. A grass is a place
that stores things in a lawn. Kill it. A button is a place that stores
things in a calculator. Get rid of it. And we can already get rid of C. A
closet is place where you store things in a house. Looks awesome. We’re
going to keep it. And a toe is place that you store things in a body. I
doubt that. We’re going to go with D. It’s a clear analogy to the stem
words above.

So remember, if you nail the bridge, the connection between the two stem
words, you’ll almost always be able to narrow in on the right answer. So
work on your bridges, and I guarantee you’ll be successful on SSAT analogy
questions. I’ll talk to you soon. Good luck.

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August 23rd, 2011
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